Jorie Cakes, the company, is the story of Jorie Hodapp, the founder. From age twelve to twenty-one, the business has grown just as Jorie has. Sit back, grab a piece of cake, and enjoy the journey below.
Jorie, Circa 1999
As you can see, I’ve always appreciated a good cake. Little did we know that, a decade later, this cake-loving two-year-old would go on to share her love of cake with the world.
Hi, this is me now! This is also me holding so much more than a plate of cupcakes. This is my greatest passion, my way of sharing love to those around me, and one of the biggest reasons I get out of bed each morning.
The (Almost) Full Story…
When I was twelve, I decided I needed an income. I’m not sure what I needed money for, but I was going to work. So I babysat. Once. And it was awful. Thus, my entrepreneurial spirit took over after a few cake decorating classes, and I began selling cakes and cupcakes to friends and family. After awhile, I was asked to do a wedding, which led to another, and another, and then five more—all before I graduated high school up in Dublin, Ohio. Before I knew it, I (a high school girl) was featured in local magazines, TV spots, and Facebook pages. I had no idea the fun was just beginning!
Another thing I decided at sixteen years old was that I was leaving Ohio for college. I also play golf, and it’s very difficult to do that in Ohio from October through March when you’re buried in snow. So, the Good Lord lead me to Berry College to play golf in Rome, Georgia. My parents moved too, naturally, which meant starting over with Jorie Cakes, and also life in general.
It wasn’t too long before people at Berry found out about my baking (after all, cupcakes are a great way to make friends in college). I am currently in my junior year at Berry still playing golf, majoring in Management and minoring in Spanish, and the business has exploded. Word travels fast when it comes to a good piece of cake!
Now, Jorie Cakes specializes in “Dorm Room Delivery” across campus, as well as participating in Berry events, athletic endeavors, and sometimes just for fun. Most of this happens in the off-season, of course, because I can’t forget the sport that brought me to my Berry family!
These are just the cliff-notes of the past nine years of Jorie Cakes. There are infinitely more stories that show just how faithful God has been in this whole process, and how literally none of this would be possible without His hand guiding it all. With that, I owe a huge THANK YOU to each and every customer, counselor, investor, friend, taste-tester, and risk-taker. Jorie Cakes does not exist without the wisdom and support from each and every one of you!
And thank you, readers, for taking the time to get to know me. Here’s to changing the world, one cupcake at a time!