Meet Kara Branham, owner of Drama Mama Cakes. Drama Mama is a top-notch, home-based bakery servicing the DMV!
Drama Mama Cakes began very organically with Kara’s desire to have a great cake for her first child's baptism. She had a vision in mind and was determined to "do it herself". She borrowed tools, did some internet research and went to work. Although that cake wasn’t nearly half the caliber of what Drama Mama creates today, it was something she’s still very proud of.
“From there, I made my children's' birthday cakes, cakes for family members, and cakes for cookouts and potlucks. One day a distant friend messaged me on Facebook saying she was in need of a specific cake and asked me if I could I help... I balked!!! At that point, I had never made a cake for anyone else and certainly had never charged for one of my creations... I went to my husband and asked his opinion and he told me to stop being a "drama mama"... And the rest was history!"
Kara has come a very long way; now owning a full artillery of every tool she needs to make the very best cakes. That coupled with impeccable skill and creativity leaves a trail of satisfied customers.
Describe yourself in three words:
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement(s)?
I consider both the longevity and growth of my business as one of my greatest achievements. Drama Mama is my baby and the more I nurture it, the more I continue to watch it flourish! It’s a beautiful thing! A second fulfilling accomplishment is my expanding client list and the number of new customers that seek me out to create the perfect cake for their special event. Finally, I know I am doing something right with all of my repeat customers who are frequently returning for their next unique creation!
How does your company stay connected through social media?
Kara shares all of her new creations directly to her Facebook page:
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I make time for my family. I’m actually a sports mom and you’ll frequently find me on the sidelines cheering for my children! I cherish family time, so I often power through the nights… Long nights with lots of coffee!! Additionally, Drama Mama also brings my husband and me together in the kitchen. After all, he is my #1 sous chef!
What websites do you visit every day?
I find myself on Facebook frequently. This is where I post my latest creations and where new customers find me. I also love Pinterest. I visit it for cake inspiration and for fun recipes to try and share with my clients and Facebook followers!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
My home is my very favorite place. I would choose people over places; specifically my children, my husband and the rest of my family.
What is your goal for retirement?
My retirement goal is simple: financial security. I continue to push myself and my business to be able to achieve this!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Push yourself to perform at the next level. You'll be surprised what you can accomplish on pure will alone!
~Drama Mama Cakes continues to surprise me with its growth and expansion. I am grateful to each and every one of my clients; for all they have taught me and for their faith in me to make something beautiful for their special events. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!~
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