The story of how a young woman from South Dakota learned how to make homemade pumpkin spice latte cake and how she was surprised at how much she enjoyed it was featured on the NBC News nightly news.
“I had no idea how it was going to go, how big a hit it was, or what it would do to my career,” Melissa Wambach, 23, told the network.
She says she was excited to be a part of the network’s pumpkin spice edition, but when the day arrived, she was shocked at how popular the recipe was.
“It was like an out-of-body experience for me.
It was just one of those moments where you go, ‘I wish I had that in my life,'” she told the outlet.
The recipe Melissa Waggs created with her friend Erin Hahn was inspired by a family recipe she saw in a magazine.
The two sisters took the recipe to a local craft store and began selling them to customers.
“I had this family recipe and I thought, ‘why not share it with the world?'”
“It wasn’t just for us, it was for the whole world,” she added.
The Waggses had their local craft fair to sell the latte cakes, which they made by hand, with all the ingredients from their local baking supply store.
The first batch sold out in a few hours, but it was too late to keep up with demand.
The latte-cakes were so popular that Melissa had to take the recipe with her to the next fair to increase sales.
She says the family’s popularity inspired her to make another batch of the recipe.
“We had a little bit of trouble, but we kept working on it.
We had to keep working on our latte recipe because it kept changing so much,” she said.
After the initial batch of sales, Melissa realized how much her family-inspired recipe could change the lives of people around the country.
“My first reaction was like, ‘Wow, we’re not doing that right.
It’s just a recipe,'” she said, adding that the recipes sales helped the Waggssons start a company to produce their own product.”
The more I learned about the product, I started making a lot of the recipes myself.
And I kept thinking, I could have been the next one to start making them,” she continued.”
Our success has given us a platform to share with the public and educate people about how easy it is to make your own stuff,” Melissa said, noting that she hopes her story inspires people to be creative with their own recipes.
“We’re doing what we love to do, we just want to do it right. “
So we’re trying to make the best possible latte. “
We’re doing what we love to do, we just want to do it right.
So we’re trying to make the best possible latte.
And the more we do that, the better we will do it,” Melissa added.