Becky Walker may have hit on a new way of bringing happiness – a cupcake business called Baking You Happy.
Walker, a native of Naperville, Ill., near Chicago, and now a resident of Princeton, started the business last month. A part-time waitress at the K-Bob Cafe in Princeton, Walker is using K-Bob’s kitchen to make the cupcakes.
The core of Walker’s business is making cupcakes to order. She also recently began making a limited number of cupcakes for sale at K-Bob.
Walker, whose main livelihood is as a sports videographer for the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, makes 12 different kinds of cupcakes to order. One of those even has a the city of Princeton logo, with the trees, water and sun in edible form sitting atop the cupcake frosting.
She got the idea for her business when she was living in Toledo, Ohio, and producing sports videos for the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team. She had been making cupcakes for fellow workers and some of them suggested she start a cupcake business.
But her husband, Princeton native Andy Walker, adds that he and his co-workers in Ohio, also suggested she start the business.
It was in Ohio, where she was attending Bowling Green University in 2008, that she met Andy and the two married in 2011.
Andy says that Becky ended up being able to use the K-Bob kitchen for her business because K-Bob Cafe owners Steve and Teri Tou, longtime friends of the Walker family, wanted to help Becky with the business.
Andy has a favorite cupcake that Becky has made but it isn’t one of her 12 varieties for order. It is called a Guinness chocolate cupcake, named after its ingredient, Guinness beer. Andy, a service technician at the local Midwest Machinery John Deere implement dealer, said he wishes she would make more Guinness cupcakes.
Becky sold cupcakes as part of a Valentine’s Day special this year and has also sold cupcakes for a couple baby showers, a birthday party and she now has a wedding order. All of the tiers on the wedding cake, except the top one, will consist of cupcakes.
Becky says that cupcakes “popped up” as a popular dessert item about two years ago.
But you’ll have to contact Becky at 1-630-347-4178, or e-mail her at bakingyouhappyMN@gmail.com to test whether eating her cupcakes could make you happy.