This 13-year-old opened a bakery, and for every dessert he sells, he gives one to a homeless person
As a little kid, Bowie, Maryland resident, Michael Platt loved to bake. And when he turned 11 he transformed his passion into a lucrative business by founding Micheal’s Desserts.
Three years ago Michael decided to model his own business on the shoe company Toms, which donates a pair of shoes for every pair sold. For every dessert Michael sells, he donates one to a homeless person, according to The Washington Post.
In addition, two times per month, Michael treks to McPherson Square in D.C. in order give out food, or he takes his treats to transitional housing or domestic violence shelters.
“I knew that I wanted to make a business, but I knew I didn’t just want to make money, I also wanted to help people at the same time,” he told WJLA.
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“Your business model isn’t sustainable. What can a cupcake do?” My answer to adults who tell me this: In my opinion a cupcake can do a lot! I’ve seen a cupcake inspire smiles, tears, amazement, joy, satisfaction, happiness and other private emotions that I won’t share out of respect for people’s dignity. I’ve passed a cupcake to someone sitting with all their possessions in a shopping cart and had them tell me that this one simple act gave them hope. I’ve left a cupcake beside someone who’s sleeping under blankets on a grate because their friend on the grate next to them said it was ok when I asked. That’s why I give away cupcakes. I’ve been told that my business model isn’t sustainable and that I can’t scale my business while giving away a dessert equal in value, ingredients and labor to the ones I sell. I just look at those people and think about the next cupcake I’m going to give away! #hunger #changetheworld #giveaway #cupcakes #food #foodaccess #foodjustice #foodsecurity #dignity #feedthepeople #cookies #pie #changeagent #bethechange #kidpreneur #dreams #hope #sweettreats #oneforone #1for1
The teen’s company has partnered with No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization that gives out meals, hosts educational sessions, and advocates on behalf of children.
For the past two years, his business has been growing steadily.
Michael bakes everything ranging from cupcakes to cookies, and recently he was proud to introduce his first wedding cake.
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My first wedding cake!!! Chocolate three layer, three tier naked cake filled with berries, iced with vanilla icing and topped with strawberries, blueberries, and strawberry Macarons. Plus over 100 cake pops! Thank you Alex and Emily for trusting me to make the cake for your special day. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to the actual wedding. I really wanted to be there I’m so happy for you guys!! Have a slice for me! #weddingcake #kidbaker #kidsbakingchampionship #pastrychef #dessert #ido #weddings #kidpreneur #macarons #strawberries #chocolate
Michael told news outlets that each month he sells about 75 cupcakes, 12 cookies, and 12 rotating “chef’s choice” items, which he has also named “freedom fighter cupcakes.”
He draws inspiration from different historical figures and bases the “chef’s choice” flavor on that person.
Being homeschooled, Michael has gotten help and support from his mother, who he calls his “baking consultant.”
He is immensely grateful for all the support he has received, and for all the orders people have made.
“I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, ‘How does this touch other things?'”
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