Many successful bakeries start this way — with an ambitious pastry chef who has a passion for sweets and the talent to bring in customers. Baking cupcakes, cookies and pies, and bringing them to the office and other gatherings to taste is an easy way to get this sort of business off the ground. With the holidays coming, this is also good timing. Practice your icing and frosting skills, and you could have a future in children’s birthday parties and other sorts of events where the ability to create something off the beaten path will be lucrative. Who knows? Maybe you can make Drake’s cake (above) next year.