Cupcake mogul who's set to make $1.6 MILLION before her 21st birthday shares her secret recipe for success
- Katelyn Matheson, 20, from Melbourne owns a successful bakery business
- Despite having no qualifications, she has taken the cupcake industry by storm
- The hardworking culinary creative is on track to make $1.6 million by December
While most young people in their early twenties are still deciding what they want to do with their lives, Melbourne native Katelyn Matheson seems to have it all figured out.
The 20-year-old from Point Cook runs her own bakery, Cake Creations by Kate, and business is booming - so much so, that the savvy young creative is on track to earn well over $1 million before her 21st birthday.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Ms Matheson shared her journey from selling cupcakes at a local farmers' market to managing a million dollar company, as well as her recipe for success at such a young age.
Katelyn Matheson (pictured) is a 20 year old with a booming bakery business in Point Cook, Melbourne
At 18, Ms Matheson decided to earn some extra money by selling her homemade cakes at a farmers' market, and word quickly spread about the quality and taste of her offerings.
After a period of inundation with orders and special requests, she decided to get her kitchen registered from home.
'So many of my friends wanted to place orders for desserts, and I started posting photos on Facebook to build a customer base,' Ms Matheson told Daily Mail Australia.
At 18, Ms Matheson decided to earn some extra money by selling her homemade cakes at a farmers market
What may have started out as a 'little business' from her mothers kitchen is now a force to be reckoned with
'A lot of these customers started coming back regularly to buy again and again, and that's when I realised I had the makings of a little business.'
What may have started out as a 'little business' from her mother's kitchen is now a force to be reckoned with.
Christened Cake Creations by Kate, Ms Matheson revealed the Point Cook based company now employs 20 staff and is on track to make $1.6 million by the end of 2018, all before her 21st birthday.
Cake Creations by Kate is based in Ms Matheson's hometown of Point Cook
The bakery employs 20 people and is on track to make a staggering $1.6 million by December
Ms Matheson's incredible achievement is all the more impressive given she has no formal qualifications in baking.
'I haven't completed anything formally - I started studying a patisserie certification, but I got injured before I could complete the course,' she said.
But it's clear to see her talent and passion for creative cooking runs deep.
'I always remember baking from a young age with my grandma; it's something I continued to do my whole life, but after year 12 finished I really found my love for baking as a career,' Ms Matheson added.
'I always remember baking from a young age with my grandma; it's something I continued to do my whole life'
Ms Matheson's success is all the more impressive given she has no formal qualifications
The skilled baker loves to create 'all things fruity', and said her favourite treats to make are jam doughnuts and mini lemon cupcakes.
But while it may seem that success has come easy, Ms Matheson admitted there are challenges.
'It is very hard being so young, navigating the business world as well as managing the production side of things.
'I have learnt that you just need to get up and keep moving forward whenever you face hard times.'
The talented young cooks favourite thing to bake are mini lemon cupcakes (left)
Ms Matheson stressed the importance of patience and staying true to yourself
Asked what advice she would give to other young aspiring culinary artists, Ms Matheson stressed the importance of patience and staying true to yourself.
'Be creative, be original and follow your passions.
'It won't happen overnight, but keep persisting and building your brand to be the best it can be.'