First Look

21-Year Old Launches Vegan Cupcake Business in Fort Lauderdale

Manning her vegan cupcakes at a booth all by herself at the Yellow Green Farmer's Market, 21-year-old Ariel Silvers has been awake since before dawn and has already frosted seven-dozen cupcakes. She baked them all the night before. With her apron tied tightly around her waist and a shy smile, you'd never guess it. She looks more like a high school student with a weekend gig, than the baker chef and founder of her own vegan cupcake business, Half Baked Goods.

Working at the Yellow-Green Farmer's Market on the weekends, delivering to Green Bar & Kitchen in the week, and managing deliveries and catering events the rest of the time, Silvers admits that "it's definitely a full time job."

See also: The Garden of Eatin: Free Vegetable Gardening Classes at the Yellow Green Market

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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