A Texas teenager has started a very special business…With a couple of eggs, a little sugar, and the strength of her convictions…Fifteen-year-old Katie Unkle is whipping up more than just chocolate cake in her family's suburban kitchen. This young baker has one specialty, her grandmother's famous chocolate velvet torte, and
"I don't think that people realize how frequently kids are diagnosed with autism and how many of them there are and they don't get as much support as people with other disabilities do,” said Katie Unkle, Founder of Cakes 4 a Cause. “I would like to help contribute to raise money to find a cure for autism because right now there's no detection or cure at all.”
Katie is both the brains and the manpower behind ‘Cakes 4 a Cause,’ a non-profit she founded when she was just 14 years old. The inspiration is her older brother, 18-year-old Ben, who was diagnosed with autism at age six.
Katie’s mother, Barbara Unkle, said, "She watched him be mistreated when she went to school with him and thought it was really sad that such a sweet person would be mistreated by people just because they were unaware of what he was dealing with."
"People make fun of him and tell him he was stupid and he was weird and really he just couldn't help it and I didn't like to see people treat my brother that way when he did nothing to deserve any of it," said Katie.
This neighborhood barbecue joint keeps Katie's cakes in stock.
"It's going good,” said Restaurant Owner, Bill Lafavers. “They're great cakes. I've taken a few of them home."
And the teenager says she wants her business to grow, so she can not just earn more, but give more to the cause.
"She's ready to do the work,” said Katie’s mother Barbara. “She's really excited about it."
"I would like it if people around the country are buying them frequently and were sending them out and making a lot of money to help," said Katie.
And Brother Ben says he's proud of her too.” I think what she's doing is really cool. I'm really thankful she's doing it," said Ben.
Last year, Katie made about 200 cakes; she's donated $200 to the group "Autism Speaks" and will soon donate about $1000 to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.