(KUTV) — A 12-year-old Lehi girl discovered an incredible baking talent while going through a very difficult time in her life.
She became a professional cake maker.
Addie Branham runs her own cake shop, Miss Addie's Cakes, out of a kitchen in her family's basement.
"I love that I can just create and make different designs," she said.
On any given day, she can spend five or six hours fulfilling a variety of orders, including birthday cakes and wedding cakes.
When 2News visited her kitchen, she was busy creating a unicorn cake.
"It has colorful buttercream flowers on top and then a fondant horn and ears," she described.
Getting this talent at such a young age came at one of the most challenging times of her life.
In the fall of 2013, her dad was deployed to Afghanistan.
"I always worry about stuff and I worried it wouldn't be safe," she said. "I didn't know if he would come back."
As part of the deployment, kids got a $500 grant from the military to keep them busy.
Addie used the money to take a cake-making class.
"It got my mind off of it so I would forget," she said.
Then in February of 2014, Addie's mom was diagnosed with cancer while her dad was still in Afghanistan.
"I didn't know if she would be okay," Addie said.
She felt all alone.
"My dad was gone to Afghanistan and my mom had cancer, so I didn't know what to do," she said.
So she did the one thing that brought her peace and happiness: make cakes. And soon her skills took off, and her popularity grew.
"I started with just a few cakes with family and they told other people," she said.
The orders are now steadily coming in.
"Just because you're young, doesn't mean you can't do stuff," Addie said.
Her dream would be to one day go to culinary school in Paris, and eventually open up her own pastry shop.
For more on Miss Addie's Cakes, you can follow and order Miss Addie's Cakes on Instagram.