Let’s face it: Jan. 1 is not the easiest day for most people. Many have the day off and wake up late feeling achy and sick with a headache the size of the Queens Crown. Hangovers are never easy.
Luckily, Charlotte’s very own Cake Boss opened a store in downtown Pineville today with the perfect cure for the New Year’s Eve partiers.
Cake laced with alcohol.
“I just feel like maybe everyone had a little too much fun last night and need a little hair of the dog, so they say,” said Mandie Miller, owner of Got What it Cakes bakery.
Three cakes featured for her grand opening are Guinness Car Bomb, Pina Colada and the Lemon Drop. The Car Bomb is for 21 years and older, because the alcohol doesn’t completely bake out. The other two are family friendly and can be devoured by anyone.
And they were.
The store opened at 10 am and people were in and out of the doors all morning. Kids were eating cake for breakfast and adults were partaking of a little post-New Year’s Eve delight.
Valerie Flynn brought her two daughters to Got What it Cakes as soon as the doors opened.
“When we were watching the ball drop, I told the girls they could have cake for breakfast,” said Valerie. “Mandie is a family friend and she also made our wedding cake in May. We just love her.”
The entire store front is painted hot pink and when a customer walks through the door, they are greeted with the wafting of baking cake batter and buttercream frosting. And of course, Mandie behind the counter, greeting them with a smile warm enough to have come from the oven.
The former TV reporter said her business began simply as a hobby.
“I started doing cakes when I decided to start our family and stay at home,” she said. “I literally watched YouTube and learned the basics that way.”
Mandie said she started making cakes for free for friends and family, but within a year, turned it into a business. She said orders exploded when she started a Facebook page.
“My Facebook page is my store front,” she said. “I’ve got dedicated followers. And it’s a place to put my holiday hours, my best work like a store window, to post my specials.”
When traffic started coming in, an employee of Facebook noticed and contacted Mandie. From there, her story was pitched by the social media website to the New York Times, The Huffington Post and Redbook.
Then Katie Couric came calling. Facebook was celebrating their 1 billionth user and wanted to have some business related success stories on Couric’s new talk show.
“I was pinching myself, because I was a broadcast girl and I saw Katie and idolized her,” she said. “Then to know she was going to be interviewing me for cakes was just this full circle moment.”