Cake Dream: Truck Driver Starts Houston Bakery

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The pandemic of 2020 brought us supply shortages. Basics like sugar and flour were scarce. But one man in Houston was making sure people didn’t run out of cake.

Mark had a career as a truck driver, which provided him steady work to support his family. In the past he tried starting his own businesses, without much luck. But in 2019 something awoke within Mark that lit a fire.

“That’s what cake does to you,” says Linen.

It lit a fire for packaging delicious and cleverly named cakes in canning jars and shipping them all through the country.

Today on The Soul of Life I speak to Mark Linen to find out what it takes to launch your own business and go to work for yourself.

If you’ve ever woken up and wondered if you’re following the path you’re meant to follow in life, you’ll appreciate Mark’s story.

"What if I tried something and it doesn’t work? We’ll I’m still in the exact place I was…not living my dream. But if it does work?"

– Mark Linen, owner of BrothaBakes.
Frequently mistaken for Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden, the 6'5" Linen says he wonders what would happen if he put on a Rockets jersey and walked around the mall.

About Mark Linen: My passion for baking started as a child when I would sit at the edge of the kitchen while my mom baked delicious treats for us. 

Fast forward to many, many years later, my sister and I got older and started moving away. My mom stopped baking as much (my dad and younger brother weren’t too thrilled) since there were less people in the house. Now that I couldn’t get my cake fix from my mom, I decided to get it from myself. 

I researched different recipes trying to find ones that seemed close to what I remember her baking. I got my ingredients, went to the kitchen and started going to work. Turns out I remembered enough of what she did and created something special. I fell in love with baking and I’ve been doing it ever since. It’s my passion and that passion reflects in everything I bake.

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