Morgan is about to open her own shop (Picture: PA Real Life)
A teenager who decorates her cakes with bottles of spirits, mixers and cocktails has earned social media fame for her creations.
Morgan Lewis, 19, has been baking full time for less than a year and has alreadt amassed 14,000 followers on her Instagram account @Bakeaholics.
The teen, from Attleborough, Norfolk, is about to open up her very own shop in her hometown.
As if that’s not impressive enough, Morgan has also beaten the odds after having been born with severe club foot.
It was feared that she might have never been able to walk property, much less bake on her feet all day.
Morgan said: ‘It makes me a bit emotional looking back at photos of the first cakes, that I stood on a market stall all day to sell, in 2019.
‘It’s been a dream for so long, and it’s finally coming true.’
A spirits and chocolate cake (Picture: PA Real Life)
A Jack Daniels and chocolate overload cake (Picture: PA Real Life)
Morgan’s new shop will be opening in Attleborough (Picture: PA Real Life)
Morgan was born with club foot – a condition where a baby’s foot appears to be rotated, so it points downwards and inwards – on both feet, and had to have multiple surgeries to fix it.
She said: ‘People told me I’d never be able to dance, and I’ve been a performing arts student.
‘Doctors even told my parents that I might never walk properly – now I’m on my feet baking all day, and you’d never be able to tell anything was wrong.’
Morgan’s parents were told she might never be able to walk (Picture: PA Real Life)
She had surgery to correct the issue and proved doctors wrong (Picture: PA Real Life)
Morgan was first inspired to bake thanks to her childhood French au pair, who picked fruit to make apple pies with Morgan and her little sister Atlanta-Jeane, now aged 13.
She always took baking seriously, even as a child when, at 12, she completed a pâtisserie course at a summer camp and asked for a KitchenAid stand mixer for her 13th birthday.
So inviting (Picture: PA Real Life)
A chocolate and champagne 30th birthday cake (Picture: PA Real Life)
She said: ‘I’ve always had a passion for baking, ever since me and my mum would get packet cakes from the supermarket and mix up the icing when I was little.
‘I always struggled in school and the only subjects I did well in were drama and food tech, as they were practical.’
Morgan realised that the academic route just wasn’t for her and dropped out of taking her A-levels after just three days in 2018.
‘I’m a big believer that not everyone is fit for the education system,’ she said. ‘I’m more creative than suited to being sat at a desk.’
Who doesn’t like little macaroons? (Picture: PA Real Life)
A pink Gordon’s gin cake (Picture: PA Real Life)
She then tried her hand at a performing arts course at City College in Norwich but decided in April 2019 after her first year that that option wasn’t for her either, because she knew she wanted to pursue a career in baking.
With her eye firmly on the prize, Morgan worked on honing her craft in the family kitchen, learning tips and tricks from YouTubers and TV cooking programmes.
‘Even when I was at school, I used to come home and watch Cake Boss for hours,’ Morgain said.
‘After leaving college, when I first started baking properly, I wasn’t even doing full-size cakes.
A gin and tonic cake (Picture: PA Real Life)
Disaronno inspired cupcakes made by Morgan (Picture: PA Real Life)
‘I watched a lot of Instagrammers like Cupcake Jemma, Jane’s Patisserie, and Finch Bakery.’
Then, when she returned from a holiday with gas engineer apprentice boyfriend, Levi, 21, in July 2019, her parents, Samantha, 48, and Jonathan, 60, surprised her with a kitchen built in their garage, for her to start her business from.
In the beginning, Morgan combined baking with her part-time job in the local pub, The Stag, in Attleborough.
But early on in 2020, despite spending days stood in the cold at markets in Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and Newmarket, in Suffolk, she would often find it hard to turn a profit.
‘I was lucky if I was getting one order a month in the diary at that point,’ she admitted.
Cake and booze – what’s not to love? (Picture: PA Real Life and Joanne Lamb @joannelambphotography)
How cute are these Mother’s Day cupcakes? (Picture: PA Real Life)
Refusing to give up, refusing to be disheartened, Morgan and her mum, who is now Bakeaholics’ only other full-time employee, launched a delivery service when lockdown hit, dropping off boxes of home-made treats on doorsteps across East Anglia.
Morgan said: ‘The first time we did it, they sold out in an hour and a half – I had to get my dad and sister to help with deliveries.
‘Some days, I’d be driving 60 miles all the way from Mildenhall in Suffolk to Great Yarmouth, out on the coast in Norfolk.’
This demand helped her social media presence take off and she began offering full-sized cakes, decorated with lavish chocolate, biscuits and sweet arrangements.
‘Bakeaholics went from 800 to 5,000 followers really quickly,’ she said. ‘People don’t realise how powerful platforms like Instagram can be.
‘From April 2020, baking was my full-time job.’
Morgan and her boyfriend Levi (Picture: PA Real Life)
These days Morgan’s most popular offerings are her sumptuous cocktail cakes, which are decorated with everything from glasses of passion fruit porn star martinis and sunset-inspired icing to bottles of pink gin and fresh strawberries.
‘Having a cocktail is something you can’t really experience at the moment so to have a cocktail cake is a bit like that feeling that you are still at the pub,’ she said.
‘One of my best-selling ones at the moment is my porn star martini cake, which is based on my favourite cocktail.
‘I want to try a strawberry daiquiri cake as well – I love it when customers want something unusual and creative.’
Morgan with mum Samantha, sister Atlanta-Jeane, dad Jonathan (Picture: PA Real Life)
Now Morgan is able to take her business to a whole new level with the opening of her ‘cakery’ in Attleborough town centre, which she hopes will be open in time for Easter weekend.
‘The shop is entirely funded by me,’ she said.
‘I saved every penny from the orders over the last year and paid my dad back for the kitchen he built me in the garage.
‘I actually looked at this shop last year, but it wasn’t the right time then. I’ve always had big dreams for my brand.
‘I don’t like the word bakery as I don’t make bread – it’s going to be a modern-day cakery!’
The kitchen Morgan’s dad surprised her with in their garage (Picture: PA Real Life)
She’s got her own shop at just 19 (Picture: PA Real Life and Joanne Lamb @joannelambphotography)
Morgan credits her family for their help with her success at such a young age, saying: ‘My parents have helped out with painting and cleaning the shop.
‘It might be my money, but my family have always supported me in everything I do.’
Morgan is naturally very excited to see the shop open, saying: ‘I’m having a counter and a coffee machine put in and a flower wall installed.
‘I can’t wait to see it all come together.’
Morgan’s success hasn’t stopped her dreaming big for the future.
‘The ultimate dream is a pink, sit-in, Instagrammable café in Norwich – that’s the goal,’ she said.
‘People do travel for our cakes, but my goal is to have somewhere people can come in and sit down, and I will offer porn star martinis and cocktail-inspired afternoon teas.
‘I want to do pâtisserie, edible flowers, pink lattes, I’ve got so many plans for it!’
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