8-Year-Old Defeats Adult Chefs in Baking Competition

06/03/2014 at 05:58 PM ET

Taylor Moxey
Courtesy ABC

Watch out, Cronut! Our money is on this 8-year-old baker to create the next pastry fad to sweep the nation.

Meet Taylor Moxey, a pint-sized baking prodigy from Miami, who recently beat out all her adult competition — of trained chefs! — to win first place at the KISS Country Midtown Miami Cornbread Competition, the Daily Mail reports.

The mini entrepreneur specializes in handcrafted cupcakes and cookies, and has already catered for serious clients, such as Citibank and HGTV’s Bobby Berk. And now, with a little marketing help from her parents, the child chef has a thriving business, reportedly earning her thousands of dollars — a portion of which she donates to dyslexia awareness efforts.

After school is done each day, she heads straight home to begin baking and customizing cupcake boxes. But kitchen time isn’t the only thing on her busy schedule: “Let’s say on Monday, I get home early, I start baking [right away] because I also have dance,” she tells ABC.

Taylor had to have outgrown her Easy-Bake oven years ago, so where does all this talent come from?

“I like to watch a lot of Food Network,” she says. She also relies on tips from celebrity TV chefs, maintaining an inspiration board for motivation.

At this ambitious pace, it’s hard to predict which she will accomplish first: her dream of opening her own bakery, or graduating from elementary school.

Of course, Moxey likes eating cupcakes as much as she likes making them. “Sometimes I just frost them and eat them,” she says.

Watch her and a friend in action in the kitchen in the brief (but adorable) home video below:

—Rosa Heyman

FILED UNDER: Baking , Dessert , Food News , Kids

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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fitjamericangirl on

She is so bright and cute. What a perfect name for a go getter like her – Moxie

Diane on

Way to go, Taylor! And how adorable is she in her apron and hat?

becca on

Just watch this girl will have her own cooking show in the future. Very cute. 😀

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