Māori entrepreneur’s sweet taste of success adds to growing cupcake business

Kadison Harris and her team. Photo / Supplied

Kadison Harris started making cupcakes from Tiktok recipes during the first lockdown two years ago.

Fast forward to today and she has a thriving business, Kaadsbakes – set up with a shop and a mobile trailer.

“I was just posting my cupcakes on my Instagram and people were like ‘Can you make me some?’.

“So I did that for about a year and a half out of my mum’s kitchen, and then, when lockdown finished, I decided not to go back to work, and just do this fulltime instead,” Harris says.


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Mouth watering cup cakes made by Kadison Harris. Photo / Supplied
Mouth watering cup cakes made by Kadison Harris. Photo / Supplied

The Hamilton-based 26-year-old says, although she isn’t “the best” at the admin side of things, it’s her frosting that separates her cupcakes from the competitors.

“Most people use a buttermilk frosting but I use a cream cheese frosting, so I feel like that’s the main difference between mine and others.

“In terms of the business side, I don’t really know what I’m doing, to be honest. I just like making cupcakes.”

Harris says one of her long-term goals is to create a dry mix and sell them at supermarkets.


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“Like how Edmonds does it,” she says.

“I want to be able to send frozen cookie dough out to large retailers. That’s the goal.”

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