By Amanda Rogers
Most 11-year-olds wouldn’t be excited to find a KitchenAid mixer under the Christmas tree. Jaxon Remillard was.
Now 14, the Danny Jones Middle School eighth-grader took that tilt-head mixer and turned it into a business, Batter Jax Bakery, and a spot on the Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship.”
“Once I got my tilt-head and learned to ice properly, I would go around the neighborhood and sell cupcakes,” Jaxon said. “Then I heard there was a farmers market. That’s when I started my business.”
Jaxon started watching the Food Network to get ideas, and decided to apply for the “Kids Baking Championship. Not only was he accepted, he wound up as a semi-finalist, spending nine weeks filming in New Orleans.
“It was very stressful , but it was also really fun,” he said.
Jaxon became interested in baking by watching his grandmother Martha.
“He used to sit on the counter with my mom (while she baked),” said his mom, Beth Remillard. “He started watching TikTok and YouTube videos and trying to do it with a hand-held mixer. After he was on the ‘Kids Baking Championship,’ I bought him a professional-size mixer. So now he has two.”
Even though he is a reality star, Jaxon still spends almost every Saturday morning at the Mansfield Farmers Market, hawking his cupcakes, cookies and pies and taking special orders for cakes. The only days he misses are when he has a baseball game, he said.
He sells out just about every weekend, although the flavors change each week. Jaxon’s favorite cupcake is the mocha chocolate, but he also has red velvet, a moist vanilla that he sometimes spices up with maple syrup and bacon. Apple pie is another favorite, but he also makes pecan, key lime, lemon ice box and recently strawberry.
Cupcakes are $2 each, two cookies sell for a $1 and the average pie sells for $18. Special orders also can be placed on his Batter Jax Bakery Facebook page, which lists the flavors he will sell at the market each week.
“We have a board in the kitchen to keep track of his orders,” his mom said.
And they are his orders, Beth Remillard confirms. He bakes on Thursdays, ices on Friday and sells on Saturday.
That’s in addition to his school work, playing catcher, second base and outfield on his baseball team and singles and doubles on the Danny Jones tennis team.
Despite his success, Jaxon doesn’t plan to make a career out of his cooking.
“I think I just want to keep doing this with my family as a side business,” he said. “I want to be an architect.”
Meet Jaxon at the Mansfield Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 30. The free market is at the corner of Broad Street and Walnut Creek Drive.
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