Adalyn McLean’s cupcakes sold out in less than an hour Saturday at her first visit to the Barriere Farmers Market.
Adalyn, 9, participated as a vendor in the market, sharing a table with Colleen Christensen, of Willow Acre Farms.
She said her favourite part of the day was seeing the look of enjoyment on her customers’ faces when they tried her cupcakes. It only took 47 minutes for Adalyn to sell all 24 cupcakes.
“[Next time] we have to be extra prepared and make more, just in case,” she told the Star Journal in a phone interview.
Her cupcakes were decorated in a variety of ways, including topping the icing with a maraschino cherry. One of Adalyn’s special techniques includes using halved Oreo cookies to create with mouse ears.
Christensen invited Adalyn to sell cupcakes at her table as the pair had been baking together for some time. Christensen promoted Saturday’s market, located at the senior’s centre, by inviting the community to meet the “Cupcake Girl” at her table where Christensen sells a variety of baked goods.
At the fall fair, the two placed second at a baking competition with the cake they made, Adalyn added.
Adalyn’s mother Desiree McLean said her family met Christensen shortly before they moved to Clearwater from Abbotsford near the end of 2021. Since then, Adalyn has enjoyed baking with Christensen.
“She’s graciously kind of taken my daughter under her wing,” McLean said.
McLean said she is not much of a baker, but Adalyn’s first memory of baking is making cookies with her mother. From her early experiences, Adalyn had a feeling she would become a skilled baker one day, she said.
With Christensen’s help, Adalyn plans to continue practicing. The pair plan to sell another round of cupcakes at the market’s Willow Acre Farms table on March 25.