Rockingham County teen turns passion into profit with cheesecake business

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — What started as a way to raise money for a mission trip has now become a full-fledged business for Grace Cook, an 18-year-old in Rockingham County, who sells cheesecakes through her business "Graci's Cheesecakes."

In 2014, Grace needed a way to raise money for a mission trip to Guatemala. Her mom came up with the idea to sell cheesecakes and, for her, it was an easy task.

"As a child, my mom always let me help her bake in the kitchen – like I would help crack the eggs or I would help put the sugar in," said Cook, "and I think that just helped me be able to love baking."

For the first mission trip, Grace was able to raise half the money, but in November 2017, her cheesecakes got her all the way there for a second trip. Grace says, since she started, her client list has grown.

She has four main flavors that she does all the time. She also has a special each month, like her chilly mint chocolate for March, while also selling cupcakes.

"My favorite to bake is the choco peanut butter," Grace said. "It's also my favorite to decorate and my favorite to eat!"

Grace will attend Christopher Newport University after she graduates from Blue Ridge Christian High School this year. She hopes to study business and maybe open a bakery.

You can find the website for her cheesecake business here.