After 20 years of friendship, Lily Fischer and Nima Etemadi decided to quit their day jobs and open up a cupcake bakery in Philadelphia.
Though the friends were cautioned not to go into business with friends or family, they didn’t let that stop them from pursuing their dreams. “Having had the long friendship that we had before getting into this, the trust is there — it’s been established for so long,” Fischer told In The Know. “And we’re fun,” Etemadi added.
Before opening the bakery, Fischer was a pre-school teacher and Etemadi was working in a non-profit photography publisher and exhibition space. Though both of them enjoyed their careers, they ultimately decided that their passion for baking trumped their day jobs.
Today, Cake Life specializes in over-the-top creations like honey lavender cake and unicorn “poop.”
“While we make beautiful, sort of traditional things, we also really play with flavors,” Fischer said.
“Having a bit more of a whimsical touch than what you would find at a sort of old world-oriented bakery I think has suited us well,” Etemadi added.
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