Young entrepreneur whips up sweet success story

A hand iced pillow cake, one of Renee's more elaborate cake designs.

COLUMBIA (WACH)--In today's tough economic times most college students don't get to indulge in the taste of success right after graduation but University of South Carolina student Renee Woodard has the perfect ingridient and is well ahead of the game.

"Some people ask, well where do you work? I say I work at Just Cakes by Renee, they say oh where's that? Oh that's mine i own that's my business, said Woodard in her mother's kitchen, I didn't realize at first how big it was to be my age."

She became an entrepreneur at the age of 19 and says baking is something she fell in love with years ago.

"Ever since I was little I would always stare at the food network just in a daze, mom can we make that? Mommy can we make that? And even as I got older and I was able to help out in the kitchen I would ask my grandmother, can I help make the dessert? I'm not really into making the food, that's more of my mom's side, I just wanna make desserts," said Woodard.

"Just Cakes by Renee" has become a favorite, whether its for a football fan, baby shower or a bride's big day, the orders are steady.

Woodard says, "Now I do a standing birthday order at Blue Cross Blue Shield I have a standing order for Killian Elementary for their award ceremony, so its grown vastly."

Between studying, making the dean's list semester after semester, volunteering and being in the kitchen, its no cake walk.

"I probably make the cake on Wednesday or Thursday," said Woodard, "and then put in the freezer so it can chill and then take it out and then the next day i put the flowers and ribbons and decorations and stuff like that."

Being her own boss is already giving her a taste of the real world.

"Cakes that now I do over a hundred dollars, they do a contract, within two weeks the payment's due, you have a week to cancel, if not you still owe me for the cake," said Woodard.

Woodard plans to continue her passion after graduation by applying to The Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Art.

Woodard said, "I think if its something you're passionate about when I've talked to other people whether there passion be cooking or baking or loving math or teaching I think if you follow your passion it will follow with you."

A recipe that's pretty sweet for success.