New local bakery thriving despite ongoing pandemic

BEAVER, WV (WOAY) – Hidden away in Raleigh county is Kenzie’s Kakes, owned and operated by 20-year-old Mackenzie Bowman.

“I started actually making cakes when I was twelve,” said Bowman. “I had taken a homeschool class…and I loved it, so Mom helped me get some stuff together at the house and start doing that. I would watch ‘Cake Boss’ on TV, so I thought it was a far-fetched dream. Once I started learning a little bit, I realized it was possible and it took off from there.”

About three months ago, she opened her own bakery next to Legacy Church where her family pastors. Now, she’s serving her creations to the community.

“I love wedding cakes. I think they are so fun and it’s also cool to be a part of people’s special days. Some of the best things is when I get to make bridal shower [cakes] and then wedding cakes and then baby shower cakes and then the first birthday [cakes.] Those are so awesome to be a part of peoples lives.”

Bowman has filled some strange orders as well, including a brain themed wedding cake, a dog’s birthday cake and a mask-themed graduation cake.

On Friday, Kenzie’s Kakes added two new cupcake flavors to their list: s’mores and Andes mint chocolate. If you want to buy a cupcake but haven’t placed an order, you can stop by their kitchen at the School of Harmony. You can find more information about placing orders on the Kenzie’s Kakes 2011 Facebook page.

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