Food & Drink

Robins teen 'bakes' the world a better place

Young baker Aubrey Sires poses for a photo in the kitchen at her home in Robins on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/Th
Young baker Aubrey Sires poses for a photo in the kitchen at her home in Robins on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Baking in the Sires’ household in Robins is a way to show love to others — and to make a little money.

“I started baking because my Grandma Jo gave me a lot of fun baking supplies for Christmas a couple of years ago,” 13-year-old Aubrey said. “She always baked and would bake with us a lot, so that’s why she gave us some of my own supplies.”

Aubrey put the gifts to work. And as she baked and baked, it became apparent this wasn’t just a way to stay busy.

“A while back, I made cinnamon rolls for my Uncle Mike, and he liked them so much that he said I should sell them,” Aubrey said. “So he encouraged me.

“Then my mom and I came up with the name, Baked by Aubrey, and the slogan ‘Bake the World a Better Place,’ which I saw on a sticker once and always liked. I thought I had some pretty good cookies, and I added my cupcakes and brownies because they seemed to cover the basics of what people would want to order.”

Aubrey’s mom, Jill Sires, is impressed not only with the recipes her daughter has developed, but also her entrepreneurial spirit.

“I love her passion for baking and her desire to turn it into something more than just an occasional thing she does when she’s bored,” Jill said. “She is a girl who likes to have a project. She likes to plan, organize and execute.

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“As a mom, it has been so fun watching her develop these skills and take ownership of her ideas and work ethic.”

With support from her mom, Jill, her dad, Devin, and her older brother and two younger sisters, Aubrey has made lots of treats for others in the past year.

“Everyone who has ordered from me has really liked it and thought it was cool,” Aubrey said.

She’s also quite proud of her recipes. She adapted the cinnamon roll and monster cookie recipes — another crowd favorite — from a cooking class she took. She found her chocolate chip cookie recipe after trying ones on the Pinterest social media site.

“Her cinnamon rolls really are to die for,” her mother said. “They’re just so good. But my other favorite would be her monster cookies. I don’t know how she does it, but they’re the best monster cookies I’ve ever had.”

Another key ingredient in the Sires’ family kitchen is honesty.

“I am not a big fan of baking with other people because I have my own way of doing it,” Aubrey said. “I kind of like having control of it.”

She also appreciates variety.

“My favorite thing to bake is cinnamon rolls, but they take a long time, and it makes a mess,” she said, adding she sometimes lets her dad and youngest sister help out.

For now, Aubrey’s baking is a tasty and meaningful hobby, not quite a start-up. But she’s hopes the baking will turn into a career someday.

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“When I’m older, I want to be like Joanna Gaines and be a designer and have a baking company on the side,” she said, referring to the famed host of HGTV’s “Fixer-Upper.”

Interested in trying Aubrey’s baked goods? You can contact her at bakedbyaubrey@gmail.com.

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