Since “Summer Celebrations” is this month’s theme for the Coconut Post, it’s a perfect time to introduce a brand new St. Thomas company creating cake pops to enjoy whenever you celebrate!
Tasty confections from K and E Cake Pops are visually festive, fun to eat on-the-go or at parties — no plates or forks needed. K and E Cake Pops has a fascinating behind-the-scenes story, too. The baked goods are made by two savvy 11-year-old girls who own and operate the business.
Meet pre-teen entrepreneurs Kinsley Taylor and Elowyn Bryan and you cannot help but be impressed by the girls’ clear-eyed vision, skill set, and dedication to their confectionary craft.
The two best friends are home-schooled and first met five years ago in ballet class at Miss Lisa Ballerina School of Dance in Yacht Haven. These young ladies soon discovered in addition to ballet, they share many other interests. “We both love to bake,” said Elowyn.
Asked where they got the idea to create and market cake pops, Kinsley advised that she is originally from Texas. Whenever she and her family visit the Lone Star State, she would go to Starbucks to purchase cake pops and bring them back home for her St. Thomas friends.
“I didn’t know of any place on island to find cake pops,” she said. That realization was the inspiration behind K and E Cake Pops.
Kinsley’s mom, Macy Taylor, said, “The girls are very conscientious. They handle everything from the budget to design.”
Speaking of design, Elowyn said, “I think designing our logo was the hardest part.”
The two ambitious business partners are continually experimenting with flavors, icings, and accent colors to keep the products fresh and inviting.
Macy – and Elowyn’s mom, Ketchi Bryan, are the official helpers and baggers.
By the way, in addition to K and E standing for each girl’s first initial, a delightful twist is the official pronunciation: “Candy Cake Pops.” How clever!
A BIT ABOUT THE TAINOS
Of the three tribes inhabiting the Virgin Islands centuries before ruling nations arrived (Tainos, Arawaks and Caribs) Tainos exhibited the most highly developed society. Based on a matriarchal class system, Tainos operated a well organized governing structure, participated in religious ceremonies and engaged in economic trade between neighboring tribes.