HAMILTON, NJ -- When the pandemic kept Kelsey Krieg and her family at home, she went all-in making cakes and treats to hone her baking skills. Her passion has now become her dream of owning her own bakery come true. KK Sweets is getting rave reviews around Mercer County. 

Kelsey was born and raised in Hamilton Township where she graduated from Nottingham High School and the County Vocational Technical School’s culinary program. She told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that she knew she was more inclined to be a baker than a traditional chef when she found herself butchering a chicken. Then, during a class trip to the famous Culinary Institute of America (CIA) it clicked. 

"This is where I need to be. Everybody is here for the same reason," said Krieg, remembering what went through her mind during that visit. Krief would go on to graduate from CIA in 2015. 

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Back home in Hamilton, Krieg noted that there are a lot of Italian bakeries in the area. And with the support of her family she opened KK Sweets one month ago. With her parents help behind the counter, Krieg is baking up a storm in the early hours in the morning. She recently hired a fellow CIA graduate who helps her bake a wide range of specialties each day. 

KK Sweets focuses on modern French pastry with specialties such as éclairs, macarons, petite gateaus, and profiteroles, as well as traditional items such as brioche and crumb cake. They make several cakes each day with standard flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. KK also makes cakes and other treats for special occasions.

Krieg said that reading the reviews and the support from the community makes her emotional “this is my dream come true. I grew up here and know a lot of people here including my teachers from middle school, and it’s humbling to have their support.”

KK Sweets is located at 3275 Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton and is open Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. They are closed on Mondays.  

A mouth watering gathering of her cakes, cupcakes and specialty desserts also can be found on the KK Sweets website with daily specials showcased on Facebook and Instagram.

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