As a teenager, she founded Yahshi Bakes, a company through which she honors her heritage by infusing baked goods with a unique blend of spices from Ethiopia and Jamaica.
“It’s always been important to me to do something that also honors my ancestry,” Sellassie said. “I think by incorporating these flavors I stay connected to those roots.”
Korerima is Ethiopian cardamom that she grinds freshly and adds to her pastries, including her orange cardamom coffee cake, almond cardamom shortbread and chai cupcakes.
In addition, its mocha chai cake, raspberry lemongrass cake and chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes tantalize the taste buds.
“She has an incredible way of putting all these spices together,” described her father Abba Yahudah Sellassie. “It’s for living.”
At 18, Sellassie is focused on expanding his business. She ships cookies nationwide and plans to continue opening pop-ups in major US cities.
“I think there’s nothing more important than living your passion,” Sellassie explained. “When you know what brings you joy and makes you shine, I think that’s what you should be doing.”
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