Hi, I’m Dru! Welcome to Teenage Cakeland.
I’m a junior in high school, and I’ve been baking since my freshman year. It’s become one of the best and most important things in my life, so much that I often neglect my history homework to make a cake instead. The best thing about baking for me is being able to make people happy. It’s incredible how some chocolate and a smile can impact a person’s day. Obviously, I don’t eat everything I make or I would weigh more than an elephant does, so I usually bring things in for my friends at school. I’ve been known to show up in English with cupcakes at least once a week, and to approach complete strangers in the hallway to offer them a cookie. Plus, I’m pretty sure I’m maintaining a decent average in Physics mostly because my teacher is a major fan of my baking.
Do what you love. This idea is something I have struggled with for a long time. I had always been the perfect one, living up to someone else’s expectations for me. And I’m just realizing this now: that is really is okay not to have a 100% average in every honors or AP class. It’s fine if you gain a couple of pounds in the winter or go a day without exercise. And although I know these things to be true, I’m still trying to remember to believe them.
Baking is my absolute passion. When I bake, I don’t have to think about anything else. I can enjoy myself and the amazing things I’m able to create. It’s something I love to do, instead of something everyone expects me to do. And maybe I won’t go to Dartmouth or Georgetown, as I thought I wanted to, but instead the Culinary Institute of America, and do what I love every single day of my life.
Life is short. Life is sweet. This is how I choose to live, baking my way to my dreams.
Happy baking, sweeties!
Check out my Baking Bucket List here.
This is the story of a girl, a cat, and lots of cake.