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Anita Nguyen

“As long as people keep eating cake, I’ll keep making them,” says Anita Nguyen, co-owner of the Golden Croissant bakery in Nederland. After graduating with a business degree in May, the 23-year old joined her mother in the family business after her father died. “Up until a few years ago, I never intended to be baking cakes at all, but now I’ve fallen in love with it and truly enjoy what I do,” she says. Anita has no professional training in the field of specialty baking and says a majority of her skill came from trial and error — and also her eye for detail, which comes from a background in art. “Making these cakes is a pretty long process — prepping, baking, and then icing it as smooth as possible before the intricate decorating part. All in all, it could take anywhere from five to seven hours to make one cake.” In hindsight, maybe it’s not such a stretch to find her in the kitchen. “My mom’s been baking and decorating our cakes at the store for as long as I can remember, so I guess I was born into it. One day my mom asked me for help on a cake for a customer who wanted fondant and the rest is history.”

Story and photo by Elisabeth Tatum

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