Photo: Local baker flourishes despite challenging economy

Roseann Atkins and her students pose with their cupcake creations.

During a recession, it can be hard to have your cake and eat it too. Roseann Atkins has been decorating cakes since she was 12. Her dream was to own a bakery.

After realizing owning a storefront would be too much of a financial burden, Atkins took her passion for decorating a different route. She
now teaches students of all ages her sweet secrets.

Classes range from $30 for a cupcake class for a parent and child to $225 for a three-day “Cake Camp,” which is also for teens and adults. Atkins uses the classes to complement her small catering business, The Decorated Dessert.

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Atkins originally aspired to own a “little cupcake store,” but she found that making rent was not financially feasible.

“It’s just too difficult to start out that way,” Atkins said.

Atkins decided to create her own business and motto, “Every occasion deserves a Decorated Dessert.” Currently, she holds classes at St. Paul’s Church in Bethpage.

“I love it; I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t…I would do it even if I was losing money,” she said.

Despite minor setbacks due to the economy, Atkins continues to create delicious cupcakes, cookies and cakes while teaching others to do the same. The recession may be leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of some small business owners, but the world is certainly a ‘sweeter’ place thanks to Roseann Atkins.