Pine teen has sweet dream of owning a bakery

Deborah Deasy
| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

Candace Warych, 13, of Pine hopes to one day own her own bakery.

“That's my goal,” she said.

Until then, Candace is filling orders for cupcakes from her teachers at Pine-Richland Middle School.

“They are beautiful and taste absolutely wonderful,” said Crystal Krepin, Candace's reading teacher.

Last week, Candace made a dozen cupcakes with red velvet batter and buttercream frosting — decorated with math and science symbols — for adult volunteers who visited her school to talk about their careers in math and science.

“Candace did a great job,” said her science teacher John Slepak, who ordered the cupcakes.

“They tasted as good as they looked.”

Candace, a seventh-grader, aspires to compete on “Next Great Baker,” the TV show, and faithfully watches “Cupcake Wars” and “Cake Boss.”

“I have my own baking binder with recipes that I've tried and found useful,” said Candace, an experienced mixer of flour, eggs, sugar and butter. “I know when the consistently is right and when it looks right.”

Two years ago, Candace got a Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas.

“This is a kid who loves to bake,” said Michelle Simon, Candace's mother.

“She insists she will have a bakery some day. She gets irritated when I come home with a mix,” Simon said.

“She'll look up a recipe and make it from scratch.”

As a child, Candace sat on kitchen counters and watched her mom cook and bake.

“She's a real math and science kid,” said her mom. “She loves the measuring.”

Candace, who already has a business card and order form, also is the daughter of Chris Warych of Richland and stepdaughter of Sherry Warych.

Candace's stepfather, Don Simon, calls her Pumpernickel — the inspiration for Pumpernickel's Pastries, the name of Candace's budding business.

“We — her teachers — have all been her biggest fans,” said Anne Harris-Crowe, Candace's society studies teacher at Pine-Richland Middle School.

Several weeks ago, Candace baked 48 cupcakes for a baby shower hosted by Krepin, her reading teacher.

Krepin placed her order after grading a poem by Candace in which Candace wrote about her goal of owning a cupcake business.

“I had her do four dozen for me — chocolate, vanilla, spice and red velvet. All with different icings in our shower theme colors,” Krepin said. “I had so many people comment on the cupcakes and text me later about how wonderful they were. They were absolutely the hit of the shower.”

“Candace is on to something big. I know she will own her own bakery and be famous for her one-of-a-kind cupcakes.”

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or

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