The story beneath was revealed in The Vicksburg Publish in Might 2019. De’Jonae, now 10, will host a ribbon-cutting occasion June 26 for Dee’s Child Muffins on the Vicksburg Mall, Suite 46.
The occasion, which is open to the general public, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Gentle refreshments will probably be supplied.
From three to six p.m. on that day, mother and father are invited to deliver their kids and their little one’s report playing cards. College students named to A and A/B honor rolls will obtain a free ‘Child Cake.’
Eggs, flour and simply the correct quantity of sugar go into the confections De’Jonae Curtis whips up.
And to make the muffins and cupcakes she sells by way of her enterprise even sweeter, she is giving a part of the proceeds to each the Vicksburg Animal Shelter and the Vicksburg Warren Humane Society.
“I like animals, and once I see these commercials of canines strolling on one paw with casts on, I simply actually cry typically. As a result of it’s like I don’t need canines to be abused like that, in order that’s why I wish to give the animal shelters some cash,” De’Jonae mentioned.
At simply 9 years outdated, De’Jonae began her personal enterprise, Dee’s Babycakes, this 12 months and to date she has made greater than 100 muffins and cupcakes.
Cooking since she was 7, De’Jonae’s mom, Rebecca, mentioned her daughter watches all of the episodes of Cupcake Wars and Youngsters Baking Championships, even recording them when she just isn’t obtainable to catch the reveals after they air.
De’Jonae mentioned she has even tried making a recipe that was demonstrated on one of many reveals.
“It was sort of like an apple pie factor,” she mentioned, however added she has not tried advertising them by way of her enterprise.
For now, she is concentrating on cupcakes and pound muffins.
“I began out making pound muffins as a result of I and my dad love pound cake,” De’Jonae mentioned.
And from there she expanded into cupcakes, even creating her personal specialty icings.
“I can’t provide the recipes,” she mentioned, “however flavors embody Lemon 7 Up icing, strawberry shortcake icing and vanilla buttercream icing.”
Along with promoting her muffins and cupcakes by way of her Fb web page in the course of the Easter weekend, Rebecca mentioned, her daughter partnered with the Vicksburg Mall and the supervisor to arrange store outdoors of her enterprise, Actual Deal Taxes, LLC.
“She additionally talked her brother into placing on our Easter bunny costume for the youngsters,” Rebecca mentioned, “And everybody beloved her muffins and everybody beloved the bunny.”
Some of us even gave a donation to have their image made with the Easter Bunny, she mentioned.
“I used to be very happy with them each,” Rebecca mentioned.
Whereas De’Jonae did get some assist from her 13-year-old brother when promoting her baked items, there are occasions, she mentioned, when she likes to prepare dinner as a approach to escape from him in addition to her 16-year-old brother.
“I can’t cope with them on a regular basis and it helps me get in my zone,” she mentioned.
De’Jonae mentioned she additionally likes cooking as a result of it permits her to strive new issues.
“Plus children love sweets,” she mentioned.
Private favorites of De’Jonae’s are Lemon 7 Up pound cake and lemon butter cupcakes, she mentioned.
As a 3rd grade home-schooled scholar, Rebecca mentioned, she takes benefit of De’Jonae’s love of cooking and incorporates it into her research.
Not solely is studying about measurement a approach to educate math, whereas doing a cooking demonstration for this reporter, after cracking the eggs, De’Jonae defined how that you must wash your arms so as to not get sick from salmonella.
For these enthusiastic about ordering muffins or cupcakes from De’Jonae and having a few of the proceeds go in direction of the animal shelters, make sure and go to Dee’s Babycakes on Fb.