Like many great things, Baked by Melissa was invented out of turning a bad circumstance into a passion project. When Melissa Ben-Ishay was fired from her first job, she went home and baked, something she had always done for fun in college. Little did she know that her passion for baking cupcakes would turn into a successful business.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how Baked by Melissa began!

Then, discover Melissa's baking secrets, learn 14 things you didn't know about the cupcake connoisseur and find out Melissa's tips for indulging without going overboard this summer!

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