But it took a while for Angie Tucker to realize just how well.
She knew that she and friend Christin Kubasko were onto something when their vanilla butter cookies began selling just about as fast as they could make them. A dozen a week turned into two dozen and, later, an order for 300 custom wedding cookies, and eventually a business—Southern Sugar Bakery, based here in Raleigh.
Propelled by Kubasko’s sugar cookie recipe and decorating prowess, the pair moonlighted in the baking business for about three years. They spent days working as high school counselors and evenings baking and decorating treats for friends and co-workers.
After a while, even their school co-workers begged the question: What are you still doing here?
“I told her, ‘Christin, I really think this could be something,” says Tucker, 35. “You really don’t have much competition. This is new. This is customizable.”
For Tucker and Kubasko, it was worth leaving careers with benefits to pursue a sweet dream. In June they moved their business from Tucker’s home to an industrial kitchen and office space off Lead Mine Road.
While their business name allows for growth and change, they plan to start out focusing on cookies. Their signature item is the vanilla butter cookie, which can be customized, decorated and even shipped thanks to the dry icing.
“The decorated cookies are very simple, but really rich,” says Kubasko, 27. “Almost like shortbread, but not crunchy . . . very soft. We wanted a cookie that not only looked really pretty, but tasted very good.”
Cookies start at $37/dozen. Southern Sugar Bakery, which isn’t running a retail location but accepting online orders instead, also offers chocolate sea salt cookies and cookie cakes ($35-$45.)