SAN ANTONIO — A little dust of flour on every outfit is typical for Megan Morales, who has been baking ever since she was a child.
"My mom had a bakery when we were kids," Morales said. "She used to make these huge, massive wedding cakes. We would be there all the time, after school and on the weekends."
Now, Morales cooks up creations inside her own shop, Cereal Killer Sweets on the north side. She opened the shop two years ago. Morales's team is small but mighty, made up of her sister and a friend.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, they prepared about 100 pies. Morales said it's half of the workload they're used to during the holidays.
"It's less busy than a typical holiday," Morales said. "We didn't do pies last year, but for cookie orders we had about 200."
The pandemic has put a strain on Morales's small business. She had to downsize her staff and switch from being a storefront bakery to only taking online orders. Customers can pick up their treats curbside, but they can't go inside the shop.
"It has definitely been a struggle," Morales said. "But we're pushing through and overcoming the challenges."
Morales said what's motivating her to keep going is the spice they add to San Antonio.
"This has been a dream of ours to have a bakery, being a woman-owned, LGBTQ bakery," Morales said. "It's been a dream and you can't give up on a dream."
Morales said they also help nonprofits in the area because it's important for her to support the community. She hopes community members do the same by shopping locally.
"We are a part of the San Antonio community," Morales said. "And without the community supporting small businesses, we wouldn't be here. Every order, everything that comes through, helps keeps the lights on."
The only thing better than freshly baked treats is getting them at discount. Morales said their Black Friday sale starts Friday and will run through Cyber Monday. Everything will be 15% to 35% off with free shipping. You can get shirts and other merch for 50% off as well.