Baking From The Heart
I am a retired special ed teacher of 25 years. My love of baking started when I was a child and I would bake with my Mother and Grandmother. My signature recipe is my Carrot Cake that is my Grandmother's recipe. We feature organic ingredients and everything is made from scratch.
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Since opening 18 Carrot Bakery amid three major holidays - Easter, Red Poppy Festival and Mother's Day - Owner Shari Cahill hasn't had time to slow down.
But she loves it all - baking dozens of different sweets, meeting new folks and sharing a shop with Sip 'n' Stain on the Square.
Ms. Cahill first opened 18 Carrot Bakery, named for her signature carrot cake and the bakery's "18 Carrot Gold Standard," in her home a few months after moving to Georgetown in October.
She began hunting for a store-front and found the "perfect match" in Sip 'n' Stain, a wooden sign workshop at 710 South Austin Avenue across the street from the courthouse.
Ms. Cahill opened her store-front April 13, 2019, which she called a dream and the perfect location. She said she enjoys meeting visitors who are drawn to the Texas Hill Country and stop at Georgetown's charming downtown.
"I love the historical aspect. The Square is beautiful," she said.
Her love for baking started as a child when she would bake with her mother and grandmother. It turned into a desire to open a bakery someday, a dream she put on hold when she became a special needs teacher.
But throughout her education career, Ms. Cahill said she always wanted to open a bakery.
"I love to bake. To me it's very calming," she said. "The smells are soothing, and (I enjoy) the act of creating something that tastes so good. I like to see the joy on other people's faces when they taste it."
She found the right opportunity to start her business when she retired and moved to Georgetown after her first grandchild was born.
18 Carrot features organic ingredients and everything made from scratch.
Ms. Cahill said it's important for people to eat natural food.
"When I was growing up, there was no such thing as genetically modified grains," she said. "Cows ate grass, not genetically modified corn."
She hopes customers feel at home at 18 Carrot Bakery, "like they're going to grandma's house and having a piece of cake."
The bakery sells cakes, pies, cheesecakes by the slice, whole cakes and pies by special order, cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls and even dog treats.
The shop also offers gluten-free flourless chocolate cake for gluten-sensitive customers.
Craving a savory bite instead? Learn how to make special pastas in her pastas classes.
By Charlotte Kovalchuk
From "The Sun"