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Kara Riall

"I immediately thought it would be a great opportunity to expand and showcase my designs to a wider audience and maybe even make some money along the way."

“From a young age I have always baked at home, but only recently have I really started to take an interest in the creative side of baking. When I heard about the Tycoon in Schools competition in my school notices one day, I immediately thought it would be a great opportunity to expand and showcase my designs to a wider audience and maybe even make some money along the way.

Looking back over the competitive seven-week trading period, one of things I found most exciting was the leaderboard, which is based on percentage profit. I was lucky enough to finish second out of almost 200 teams. Something I’ll always remember from the competition was my first hectic, sell-out cake sale at school one break time. 

Although trading for the competition has ended, I am still busy making and taking orders for cakes, which will further develop my creativity. As well as this, I am keen to keep trying out new things in the future, whether they are a success or not, and hopefully I’ll save up enough money to purchase all the baking appliances I need. 

Without the Tycoon in Schools competition, I would not have as wide an audience as I do today and certainly not the confidence to create and sell the wacky designs I enjoy coming up with.”

Kara Riall, from Whitley Bay High School in Newcastle upon Tyne, impressed in our 2014 Tycoon in Schools competition, selling weird and wonderful bespoke cakes under her company name, CakeKara, at affordable prices. You can visit her Facebook page here and follow her on Twitter here. She also posts regularly on Instagram.