Like many bakers, Rebecca Westerfield learned the art from her grandmother, Asmilda Calloway.
“My grandmother didn’t have a recipe,” she said Monday. “It was a pinch of this and a pinch of that.”
Watching his grandmother years ago led Westerfield to start her own company, Becca Bakes, in January 2019.
She had been baking for her family and friends for years, but a change in Kentucky law allowed commercial home bakeries.
And Westerfield decided it was time to go into business.
She was still working for a lawyer at the time and baking was a side hustle.
But last November, Westerfield gave her legal notice and became a full-time baker.
“My side hustle had become my full-time job,” she said.
Westerfield left his kitchen to move into the space at Joys Cooking Classes and More, 3811 Kentucky 54.
But now it has outgrown this space and will soon move into its own storefront.
Westerfield said she still couldn’t say where it would be or how soon.
But she is working on it.
“I was lucky to find a temporary location here,” Westerfield said. “The Lord has blessed both of our businesses. Now Joy’s Cooking Classes needs that space and I need a showcase.
She is already preparing more than 30 weddings this year, sometimes two or three on the same weekend.
Westerfield bakes wedding cakes, birthday cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes and she has launched a line of cookies.
“I will add pies and more cookies when I enter the store,” she said. “Cookies are one of my favorite things to bake.”
Its line of cakes includes Snickers Cakes, Pecan Butter Cakes, Coconut Custard Cupcakes and Cakes, German Chocolate, Coconut Pie Cupcakes, Coconut Custard strawberry butter and more.
Westerfield’s cousin Dianna Moser works with her.
“She’s family and she’s stuck with me,” she said.
Westerfield said: “We will be at the Farmers Market this year and the Spring Market at White Chateau.”
Her grandmother, she said, “always brought a pie even if you had a cold. My mother-in-law made wedding cakes. And now I do.
Westerfield said the first thing she baked as a child was chess pie.
Today, she says, “I have a whole collection of old-fashioned recipes from my mother and grandmother.”
When Westerfield moved into her new store, she said, “A few girls from church are going to help me, but I’m really involved.”