Aliyyah Baylor is a renowned Chief Baking Officer (CBO) of Make My Cake Bakery and Cafe. She is a third-generation baker who learned by watching her mother and grandmother cook. Aliyyah was born and raised in Harlem, NY and attended North Caroline A&T University where she received a Bachelor’s in Food Science. Some of her hobbies include traveling with her Kids, watching Football with friends and family, and of course baking.
From Harlem to Hollywood, MAKE MY CAKE®, a third generation-owned bakery beloved by A-List celebrities, local tastemakers and globe-trotters in search of that certain sweet something, serves up decadent southern-style recipes prepared by using centuries old secrets of heritage baking, inviting flavors and a generous dash of love.
Heralded by celebrated culinary countess and co-owner, Aliyyah Baylor, a Food Network favorite who has been featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, the brands’ two retail locations in Harlem have caught the eye of the mainstream media, as well. According to Florence Fabricant, a venerated food writer for the New York Times, the popular Red Velvet Cake baked at MAKE MY CAKE®, is a “Dark red two-layer cake with decided chocolate overtones and a straightforward cream cheese icing, perhaps a classic.” In addition to the New York Times, MAKE MY CAKE® has been featured in the New York Daily News, New York Post, Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, and Daily Candy and on local television stations.
Aliyyah credits her mother, Joann Baylor and her maternal grandmother, a southern matriarch lovingly known as “Ma Smith”, whose roots stretch from Alabama and Mississippi to New York for training her in the craft, fostering her entrepreneurial spirit and respect for community. MAKE MY CAKE®, which humbly began with Ma Smith selling baked goods from her kitchen in the 1940’s to friends and neighbors who wanted a special cake and dessert to commemorate their special occasions now serves bus-loads of discerning customers a day and boasts a celebrity clientele that includes comedic mavens, Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg, the casts of the soon to be released film, ADMISSION, blockbuster shows 30 Rock and Law & Order, as well as, Alicia Keys and power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
Stop by one of the two MAKE MY CAKE®, Harlem-based retail locations or visit makemycake.com today and discover for yourself the home-baked taste that keeps people of all walks of life coming back from more. It’s sure to be love at first bite.