Stick It

Changing a career isn't always a good decision. When Niya McIver relocated back to Atlanta after working in the corporate world in Texas, she found her new career path outside her professional experience.

Taking a cue and standard from Dallas-area parties, McIver began making bite- sized cake balls for friends and family gatherings. In just a short time, it was expected that McIver arrive with a plate of goodies. It seems the transition to catering events as a business made sense.

“Where my talents lied, it suggested I go into culinary arts,” McIver says. “I had just never considered it as a career choice.”

Mere months after moving from Dallas, McIver was baking large batches of her cake truffles for parties in the Atlanta area through her venture, Candy Cake Company. With the quick start and lack of formal training, however, it was a bit of trial-and-error in the beginning. “When I started baking, I couldn't even find any information or recipes on the Internet,” McIver says. “Now cake balls have become a whole trend."

McIver worked her way through batter consistency, fondant issues and figuring out just how to place cake on the end of a stick. As McIver puts it: “Baking is like chemistry. It's a little intimidating.”

She now has a few extra hands to help her bake and deliver all the truffles she sends out of her Atlanta victual laboratory and hopes to gain nationwide distribution in the near future.

Growing the Candy Cake Company into a luxury brand is also in future plans. McIver wants to approach her cake truffles like fashion with seasonal collections of flavors only available once a year.

Owning her own baking company may never have been in McIver's mind when she was living the corporate life in Texas, but she's found a home in Atlanta's sweet tooth.

“It's something I can do all day and all night and enjoy,” McIver says. “I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, I just didn't know in what business. I'm glad I finally figured it out.”