SWEET IDEA: Emma Gillbard is planning to open for her own cake-icing business after baking helped her through depression. It will be called Bedazzle Bake and Shine.
SWEET IDEA: Emma Gillbard is planning to open for her own cake-icing business after baking helped her through depression. It will be called Bedazzle Bake and Shine. Nancy Webb

Teen starts business to overcome depression

A TOOWOOMBA teenager is planning to open her own cake-icing business after baking helped her through depression.

Emma Gillbard, 14, was diagnosed with depression in 2015 and her psychologist suggested using creative outlets as a coping method.

"One day I was like 'I'm making a cake mum', and she was like 'okay then, sure, here's some recipes'," she said.

From that moment on, cake-icing became one of Ms Gillbard's many creative coping methods.

"I also sing a lot, I dance and I draw," she said.

"I actually did end up self-harming at some point, but my coping method with that was to instead, I'd pick up a pen and I'd just draw.

"So instead of wallowing in misery and lying in bed and crying and stuff - you do a drawing or something."

Some of Ms Gillbard's beautifully iced cakes.
Some of Ms Gillbard's beautifully iced cakes.

Ms Gillbard is now in the planning stages of her cake-icing business, which will be called Bedazzle Bake and Shine.

"It's probably going to be a partnership with my parents because I'm young but I'm thinking I'll actually be able to start-up and carry a business," she said.

"I want to get this started as soon as I possibly can, but for this to happen I need a commercial kitchen."

Ms Gillbard is hoping to work with a church in Glenvale.

Baking helped the teen overcome with depression.
Baking helped the teen overcome with depression.

Her speciality will be "fandom" cakes for people who like a particular movie or book.

"One of the ones (cakes) I made was a four-tiered cake for my sister based on one of my favourite shows," she said.

"When I showed some people the cake I made for my sister they were like 'please, make it for me'."

Ms Gillbard said her immediate focus would be perfecting her cake-icing skills through plenty of practice.

When Bedazzle Bake and Shine is launched, it will have its own Facebook page.

Keep an eye out online.

If you or anyone you know needs help call Lifeline on 13 11 14.



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