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Junior High Student Starts Own Baking Business

Mariemont Junior High School 8th grade student Megan Weinland recently took her baking and business skills to the next level by starting her own business. Through Megan’s Fun Confections, Megan specializes in creating and selling a variety of cupcakes and cakes.

“I’ll make whatever people would like; it all depends on what the request is and then I get creative thinking of how to make decorations that work with a particular theme or event,” said Megan.

Recently, Megan entered one of her creations – a representation of the fountain in Mariemont Square – into the Mariemont Village 75th Anniversary Baking Contest. She won two ribbons for her cake – 2nd Place and Most Creative. And the junior high teachers and staff were thrilled to be customers in purchasing her delicious "Back to School Mariemont Style" cupcakes for their teacher work day.

“I have always loved baking, but it all started when my aunt asked me to make a cake for her. I don’t babysit a lot so I had the idea that I could start a business and make money selling cakes and cupcakes. I would love to open a small shop or online business one day.” In the meantime, her next goal is to make buttercream from scratch.

Megan is contemplating attending culinary school after high school, but she also appreciates math and science. Besides being a great baker, she is involved in many school activities, such as tennis, Science Club and Art Club. She particularly enjoyed her food-related expeditions last year: Chopped Cooking and International Foods. Even though she loves food and exploring the culinary world, she said she likes decorating the cakes the most because “I’m an artsy person. And I love seeing people’s faces when they get a cake or cupcake. They just light up.”

“At the junior high we support all of our students in their pursuits of their passions – both inside and outside the classroom,” said Molly Connaughton, principal at Mariemont Junior High. “We want our students to have experiences that help them grow not just as learners but as leaders in the community and in their field. Plus Megan’s cupcakes are incredibly delicious so we are more than happy to support her and her business.”

Megan currently lives in Mariemont with her parents and her older brother, Zach, a junior at Mariemont High School. To place an order with Megan’s Fun Confections, call 513-800-9951. For a gallery of Megan’s creations, visit her Pinterest page. Customers can pick up their orders, or Megan will deliver them, within reason.