Teen Baker Raises Enough Dough To Take Family Of 7 To Disney

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

14-year-old Isaiah at his cupcake booth.
Photo source: CNN.

A 14-year-old boy who dreamed of visiting Orlando's Disney World took matters into his own hands to make that adventure happen – and not only for himself, but for his entire family of seven. 

Taking a family of seven to experience the "happiest place on earth" is no small travel investment, and Isaiah Tuckett's mother Cheri says the timing just never seemed to work out. 

Armed with determination and a rather sweet idea, Isaiah set out to make that happen by baking and selling cupcakes.

"I always liked being in the kitchen when I was growing up, and then I made them for my grandma's 85th birthday party and also made them for one of my friend's graduation parties and people liked them and started ordering them," he told CNN.

That was about two years ago. His parents invested in his entrepreneurship and supported the trip by purchasing all the ingredients for his business so that he wasn't rolling the profits back into supplies.

Isaiah's Tasty Treats offers a vast array of cupcake flavours, from peanut butter cup to Andes mint, and strawberry to pumpkin. 

It took about a year of cupcake baking to finance the long-awaited trip to Orlando late last year for his whole family -- mom, dad, sister, brother, sister-in-law and his nephew. They stayed for six nights, visiting Walt Disney World, Discovery Cove and SeaWorld, plus a day at the beach.

Isaiah has baked for graduations, birthdays, baby showers, weddings and the high school prom. His largest order -- for 750 cupcakes -- supplied three graduations last year.

The business has brought a lot of benefits beyond the big family trip and the memories created in Florida, bringing the shy and reserved 14-year-old boy out of his shell and encouraging him to participate in conversations with adults. It also taught him about time management and saving, says his mother. 

Isaiah's already got his eyes on the next prize: a blue Ford pickup after he gets his license in two years.

But, his mom adds, "he did just say to me the other day, 'It would be fun to go to Disney in California.'"
Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.


Myrna Collins - June 5, 2019 @ 10:59
I think this story is so uplifting. What a wonderful set of priorities for this young man and his family. His family values must have had a great impression on him. I hope he has much success in his future endeavors.

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