Meet Gabrielle, maker of your favorite boozy cakes

November 28, 2023

Gabrielle Little grew up baking rum cakes with her grandmother. But as an adult, she realized she never saw rum cakes at the grocery or at her local bakery. So she launched her own — The ScRUMptious Dessert, your one-stop shop for gourmet rum cakes.

“I didn’t know I wanted to be a baker when I was kid,” she said. “I’ve always baked things, that’s what the gifts were for Christmas.”

It was her grandmother who suggested she go to school for baking and pastry.

“It sounded like clown college,” Gabrielle recalls with a laugh. “I did not know that was a thing.”

She did know that she always wanted to make her own money.

“I knew I always wanted to create my own time, but I didn’t know what that looked like,” she said. “I would make my own money by selling candy in high school, I cut grass, I did things around the house, anything. As I got older, it turned into trying to figure out what a business would look like. I want our lives to be ours and not someone else’s.”

The first step was letting go and what she imagined a bakery business had to be.

“I had to accept that, I don’t mind making a gorgeous decorated cake, but I don’t have the mental to sit there. The tediousness of it was not me,” she said. “But creating a new rum cake flavor? It was awesome! I can do this all day long! And then people were requesting flavors, so now I had the opportunity to change.”

“That’s why I love it,” she added. “It allows me to just be bubbly and be happy and spread the light when there is so much darkness in the world right now.”

Check out Gabrielle’s full story in the latest episode in our I Am an Entrepreneur series.