Cake bosses

Twin sis­ters cel­e­brate award-win­ning busi­ness

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY KRYSTA CAR­ROLL SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

As the say­ing goes, sis­ters make the best of friends.

They make the best of busi­ness part­ners too, ac­cord­ing to 12-year-old twins Cora and Devyn Hogg. It’s a good thing they do, since they spend so much time to­gether, es­pe­cially bak­ing and dec­o­rat­ing.

Even though they are only going to Grade 8, the Grand Falls-Wind­sor youths own and op­er­ate an award-win­ning busi­ness, Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod.

They have been bak­ing since they were seven or eight years old.

“When we were seven or eight (adults) ob­vi­ously watched us so we wouldn’t burn the house down, but when we were 10 we started do­ing it on our own,” Cora said.

“We have lots of grand­par­ents and aunts who love to bake,” Devyn said.

The youth love to be busy, and love bak­ing.

“We are al­ways go, go, go,” Devyn said. “When we have time to re­lax we can’t be­cause we al­ways want to be do­ing some­thing.”

Even on va­ca­tion they want to be busy – and bak­ing.

“When we were camp­ing there was one day when it was rain­ing, there was noth­ing to do, and I said, ‘I wish I was mak­ing a cake right now.’” Cora said. “It’s just some­thing we al­ways liked to do.”

Bak­ing their way to busi­ness

The twins sold their first cake in Jan­uary – a friend’s birth­day cake – and it caught the at­ten­tion of an­other friend, Emma Power of Con­cep­tion Bay South, who at the age of 13 also had her own cake busi­ness, Cre­ative Sweets. She is now 21 and her cake pans and dec­o­rat­ing tools were col­lect­ing dust in the base­ment, the girls said.

“In Jan­uary she gave us all of her pans and dec­o­rat­ing tools that she had,” Cora said.

The sis­ters have al­ways wanted to start a busi­ness, and Emma’s do­na­tion of her tools helped them get started and saved them a huge ex­pense.

In Fe­bru­ary they sold cakes to some of their dad’s friends, and in March got their first or­der from some­one they didn’t know.

Emma Power and the TV show Cake Boss are their in­spi­ra­tions.

“Our dream one day is to get to Car­los’ Bak­ery.” Cora said.

Like their bak­ing he­roes, they bake from scratch, mak­ing cakes, cup­cakes, brown­ies, cook­ies and pies. They also make cup­cake bou­quets, which they sold a num­ber of for Mother’s Day.

“Peo­ple are pay­ing a lot of money for flow­ers, so how about they pay money for edi­ble flow­ers? They still look nice but you can eat them, too.”

They in­vented cake truf­fles af­ter re­al­iz­ing they were throw­ing away so much prod­uct in scraps from lev­el­ing off cakes.

With lim­ited hours in a day, base­ball prac­tice and tour­na­ments in the sum­mer, school band and jazz band dur­ing the school year, vol­ley­ball and hockey prac­tice, and many week­ends taken up with tour­na­ments, the twins have to limit their or­ders.

“We are very busy,” Cora said. They take two or­ders a week dur­ing the school year, and in sum­mer they can take three or four a week.

“We make sure our school comes first,” Devyn said.

The girls love that they are able to take on this ven­ture to­gether.

“It’s awe­some be­cause cake bak­ing and dec­o­rat­ing takes a lot of time so it’s good to have two sets of hands,” Devyn said.

They also play on each other’s strengths.

“I’m not as strong in the fon­dant area as Devyn is,” Cora said. “I can’t cover a cake in fon­dant. I can do but­ter­cream flow­ers and she can’t.”

Award-win­ning smiles

Their cre­ations are tasty and beau­ti­ful, but it was their in­ter­ac­tion with cus­tomers that earned them their first award.

The sis­ters got in­volved with Youth Ven­tures in May, which they said was ben­e­fi­cial in help­ing them with busi­ness ad­vice, and get­ting them in­volved in events to get their prod­ucts and names out into the pub­lic.

The lo­cal Youth Ven­tures co­or­di­na­tor nom­i­nated them for the Youth Ven­tures Ex­cel­lence in Cus­tomer Ser­vice Award, a pro­vin­cial award they re­ceived Aug. 10 in Con­cep­tion Bay South. They said they felt very spe­cial when they re­ceived the award.

“It was nice to know our busi­ness had gone so far be­cause some kids try to start up a busi­ness but they are not suc­cess­ful in grow­ing it,” Cora said. “But it’s nice to know that we’ve got so far and we won the award, so we know we can go ahead and grow our busi­ness.”

Since school is start­ing up soon, there will prob­a­bly be fewer or­ders, they said. How­ever, they will try their best, and added they are very good at man­ag­ing their time.

Visit Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod on Face­book or In­sta­gram for more in­for­ma­tion or to in­quire about plac­ing an or­der.

KRYSTA CAR­ROLL/SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

At just 12 years old, twin sis­ters Cora and Devyn Hogg of Grand Falls-Wind­sor op­er­ate an award-win­ning busi­ness, Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod.

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