One Christmas, when Denise was about eight years old, her mother finally bought her one. Delighted, she'd practice baking cakes, one after the other, until she ran out of cake mix. With no mix left, she'd resort to using mud and making "mud cakes." Thankfully, Denise outgrew the mud cake phase and by middle school she was a pro in the kitchen.
Despite her doubts, Denise knew that her daughter was as clever as she was industrious, so she trusted her. She said, "OK," and a bakery called Room for Dessert was born.