How 3 Lexington students turned a love of baking into a business with a heart .

May 31, 2016 3:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts


For as long as her parents can remember, 11-year-old Katelyn Reneau has loved to bake.

But it was when she began watching “Cupcake Wars” on Food Network that Katelyn developed a passion for baking cupcakes in particular.

“She got to the point where on weekends she was baking as many as four dozen cupcakes,” said Katelyn’s mom, Jennifer Reneau. “They were delicious – too delicious, actually. I told her she had to get them out of our house so we would quit eating them, so then she started delivering them up and down the street to our neighbors.”

Then, a few months ago, Katelyn became concerned about her Sunday school teacher, who has multiple sclerosis. Soon, she had an idea for how she could combine her love for baking with her desire to help her teacher.

“I just wanted to feel like there was something I could do to help her, because she is really dear to my heart and I just love her to death,” said Katelyn, a fifth-grader at Lexington’s Pleasant Hill Elementary School. “I thought, maybe I could sell cupcakes and give the money I made to help with her medical bills.”

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This post was written by Carley Carr