Even if you’re not on TikTok or Instagram, there’s a chance you recognize Morgan Knight’s cakes from TV. Knight, a lifelong baking hobbyist, began making cakes as a side gig, while studying at Northeastern University. Her creations gained traction once she started posting them on social media. People fell in love with her whimsical works, from a cake inspired by the cover of a Phoebe Bridgers album or a vegan confection topped with 3-D frogs and mushrooms. Among her fans? The team at “Saturday Night Live,” who hired her to create cakes for pop star Olivia Rodrigo’s recent performance on the show, a notable feat for Knight who took her business, Saint Street Cakes, full time only a few months ago.
Professional baking was not originally in the cards for Knight. She graduated from Northeastern with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2022 and did a co-op at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York that turned into her first full-time job after graduating. But during the spring 2021 semester, she was looking for a way to earn money that didn’t require much exposure to the public during COVID-19.