Kent entrepreneur quits teaching as cake pops business booms
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a fork for Amy Mucha. No, make a spatula out of it.
It was there that she left her path as a full-time educator to focus on running her Daisy Pops bakery, which she launched on the side in 2018.
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Still using the wits she put to work teaching maths, Mucha is now looking to move from her own kitchen in Kent to a store front to meet the growing demand for her cake pops.
Daisy Pops sold 113,000 cake pops in 2021, she said, compared to 13,000 in 2018.
It was a surprising journey, she said, considering she feared the onset of the pandemic would mean the end of her homemade treat business.
Hobby turns into business
Several years ago, after Mucha sent a batch of cake pops to his eldest’s teachers as a gift, others took notice. A parent of one of Mucha’s students at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls saw the product and asked if he could buy some.
“From there, more people were interested, so I kept doing it — especially during the holidays,” Mucha said. “And then a little later someone ordered personalized cake pops for the first time.”
In 2018, Mucha worked with one of his students, Olivia Nitzsche, to “get the LLC,
get a website, start our social media,” Mucha said. “And then, we have officially broken up since.
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The company is named after Mucha’s daughter who, according to Mucha, loves cake pops the most of all her family members.
“Most of our family, at this point, we’re on cake – like we could do without it [consuming] them,” Mucha said. “There are so many around us all the time, but Daisy is a cake pop fanatic. Every day she asks herself, ‘Can I have a cake pop?’ »
COVID-19 is a game changer
In 2020, when the pandemic created global struggles, Mucha feared he would have to end his business.
“I was like, ‘It’s been a fun ride, but we’re [looking to end this.]’ because everyone is worried about their lives; nobody wants cake pops,” she said. Instead, staying home opened up a whole new opportunity.
“We started doing ‘make your own cake pop kits’ soon after,” Mucha said. “They were individually wrapped, which made them very popular during the pandemic.”
The growth in sales surprised Mucha – and offered him a choice in life.
She found she was happier working at the bakery than teaching in the new classroom environment created due to COVID-19. Instead of the business being a side job that would quietly disappear like so many others at the time, it was to become his primary career focus.
Daisy Pops has since collaborated with a wide variety of local businesses, including Fat T’s Cookies, with Mucha taking direct inspiration from the Akron-based company’s Cereal Killer Cookie to create the Fruity Pebbles Cake Pop.
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Fat T owner Travis Howe said his experience working with Mucha was “just awesome. Amy and I have known each other since, I think, 2018. “It’s all been super positive.”
Looking for more opportunities
Mucha said she has also adapted the business to be more efficient during the pandemic. Daisy Pops has streamlined the sales process on its website, focusing on
deliveries and other decisions that made it easier for consumers to get the
products throughout COVID.
She said her favorite parts of running the business are the people she hangs out with.
interact daily – from the team she works with, to local business associates and to the customers themselves. She values them all.
Now she is looking for opportunities in Kent town center to open a boutique, with an eye on opening this fall.
“The opportunity has presented itself, so we will be moving from a home bakery…to a storefront in Kent town center and a commercial bakery later this year,” Mucha said. “That will be our next step.”
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