Lilah and Danica Musick

Lilah Musick (left) and Danica Musick started their own bakery business — Delicious Eats, Gluten Free Treats — last spring. The sisters sell their homemade cookies, muffins and cakes on Saturdays at the Abingdon Farmers Market.

Lilah and Danica Musick (2)

Lilah Musick (left) and Danica Musick package their gluten-free bakery goods in clear bags tied up with ribbons, with forks inside to help customers eat on the go.

ABINGDON, Va. — Building a bakery business is a piece of cake for two Abingdon sisters.

When Danica Musick, 12, and Lilah Musick, 10, aren’t playing basketball, volleyball and running cross-country, they are whipping up sweet treats from their home kitchen.

chocolate and cinnamon mini doughnuts that are vegan and eggless

Vegan and eggless chocolate and cinnamon mini doughnuts

The young pair started “Delicious Eats, Gluten Free Treats” in spring 2018 to help people who cannot eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

Many people who can’t tolerate gluten may have an immune disorder called celiac disease.

cupcakes for a Memorial Day party

Cupcakes for a Memorial Day party

While Danica and her mother, Serena Musick, don’t have celiac disease, they do suffer adverse symptoms when they eat something containing gluten.

“I like being able to help people who cannot have lots of treats,” said Danica.

Fresh strawberry cake with lemon glaze

Fresh strawberry cake with lemon glaze

The home-schooled sisters spend a big part of their Fridays preparing bakery items to sell at the Abingdon Farmers Market the next day.

Their table at the market is a feast for the eyes: Blueberry muffins with orange cream frosting and frosted banana bread muffins are just two of their culinary creations — all gluten-free, of course.

Danica and Lilah Musick

Danica Musick (left) and Lilah Musick

“They first started out selling homemade gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, and they sold out at the farmers market. Offering free samples helped a lot because some people would read the gluten-free sign and automatically think they wouldn’t be good,” said their mother.

Products come in pretty packages — clear plastic cups contained in clear bags and tied up with a ribbon that holds a fork.

Danica Musick with low-carb cheesecakes

Danica Musick with low-carb cheesecakes

They’ve even branched out to create gluten-free cakes for special orders, such as pumpkin cream cheese stuffed cake. They make a strawberry Bundt cake in the spring when berries are fresh.

Turns out, the girls are doing more than baking.

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Lilah Musick (left) and Danica Musick

The students are learning math and business skills while running their own business.

According to their mother, they completed the application for space at the local farmers market, paid the $25 application fee with their own money and began researching some of the best gluten-free recipes to make.

Lilah Musick

Lilah Musick, 10, works on cooking up some delicious, gluten-free eats.

“They do all of the baking,” their mother said. “All I do is clean up after them and provide transportation. We are very careful preparing the gluten-free bakery items. Our mixer has never been used for anything but gluten-free products.”

Because the girls make gluten-free products, their customers also are asking for other specialty baked goods.

packaging 2

Lilah Musick and Danica Musick package their gluten-free bakery goods in clear bags tied up with ribbons, with forks inside to help customers eat on the go.

“So, they came up with a recipe for mini doughnuts that are egg-, dairy-, nut- and gluten-free and also vegan,” she said. “They taste just like a regular doughnut.”

They’re learning how to manage their time and the costs to run the business, all while sharpening their people skills.

packaging 3

Lilah Musick and Danica Musick package their gluten-free bakery goods in clear bags tied up with ribbons, with forks inside to help customers eat on the go.

“We pay ourselves 15% of our profits every week, and we save the rest for the business,” said Danica.

“I like talking to the customers and meeting new people,” said Lilah.

“It’s a pretty good part-time job. They do well, and they have lots of fun,” Serena Musick said.

packaging

Lilah Musick and Danica Musick package their gluten-free bakery goods in clear bags tied up with ribbons, with forks inside to help customers eat on the go.

“I keep telling them they need a food truck next,” she said with a laugh. “Maybe they can buy that with their profits.”

Check out the sister’s gluten-free products at the Abingdon Farmers Market, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through October.

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Carolyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer in Glade Spring, Virginia. Contact her at citydesk@bristolnews.com.

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