Austic son helps inspire new baking business

One of Kissably Sweet’s cakes

A young Trinidad-born mother who enrolled her autistic child to a cake decorating class so they could spend some time together has now turned that “hobby” into a new business, which she hopes will grow with community support.

Michelle Kelly began Kissably Sweet Treats, a home-based business to cater to the dessert and cake needs of the wider community.

“My autistic 13 year-old loves to bake, and I decided to enroll both of us in classes to teach us how to decorate cakes, so we could spend more time together and do something he enjoys,” Michelle explained.

“What is funny is that the day the classes started, he backed out. Since the classes were already paid for and non-refundable, I went solo and fell in love with the process.”

Since finishing the class, Michelle has been asked by a number of people to provide cakes for them, and what she presents is often so unique that they end up referring her to their friends.

She also continued her classes, and took one by one of Atlanta’s leading sugar artists, and the secrets she learned there has helped her improve the quality of the treats she offers.

“It’s my mom who really encouraged me to turn what was a hobby into a business,” Michelle told The Camera. “When I have big orders, she helps me by looking after the kids, so it truly does take a village to raise a child.”

Michelle’s treats are prefect for any occasion, and she can be reached at Kissably Sweet Treats can also be found on Facebook and Instagram