This Atlanta Hustle Mama is a Delight who is maintaining the balance of Infusing her way to the TOP of the stands, and into the Hearts of her fans!
Dawn Belisle was born on December 10th in Brooklyn, New York to parents who came to the U.S. from the country of Belize. Along with an older brother and sister and a younger brother, she grew up in NY until age 12 when she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida After graduating HS, she left West Palm Beach to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She returned to South Florida, Davie, to attend Nova Southeastern Law School and received her Law degree in 1995. Afterwards, she moved back to Atlanta, Georgia and shortly began practicing law where she currently resides as the mom of one son.
Dawn began her public service career as a prosecutor with the City of Atlanta Municipal Court and continued to work for government agencies as a prosecutor for the next 15 years. She prosecuted felony cases in Fulton and Clayton counties’ District Attorney Offices ranging from drug cases to murders, rapes, child molestations and other felony crimes.
After 15 years of working as a prosecutor, she opened her own law practice doing criminal defense work. During this time she was always baking, cooking and entertaining friends. In 2008 she developed Delights by Dawn but was just selling alcoholic infused cakes and a few non- alcohol cakes at that time.
When the cupcake craze took over, the cake business slowed down and she somewhat abandoned the baking business for a while. She then decided to experiment with turning one of her infused cakes into cupcakes in 2013 and that started the cupcake sales. The thought of incorporating flavors and liquors that either she drank or people would order when out on the town came to mind, and that is when she birthed the idea and tried to develop cupcake flavors to match.
In between court cases and trials, Dawn would bake cakes and cupcakes for people who placed custom orders. In 2014, she decided that she was tired of being an attorney and the stress and hours it entailed; and made the decision to scale
her law practice to try and pursue her baking business full time.
In July 2014, she secured a contract with Levy restaurants at the Georgia dome to sell cupcakes at the Falcons home games. It was a huge success and well received by the football fans. Her goal is to expand to other stadiums outside of Georgia and to also have her own mobile cupcake van to offer cupcakes all over the metro Atlanta area. Her ultimate goal is to eventually have her own cooking show and introduce easy baking to others. ~
HMM: What kind of family did you grow up in? What was life like growing up for you?
DAWN: I had a great childhood. Both parents had big families so I was surrounded by lots of cousins growing up. I have two older siblings and one younger brother. I was born in Brooklyn, NY but my parents and my entire family except my generation and younger, are from Belize. The families constantly celebrated birthdays and holidays together. Nothing but good memories.
HMM: 1. How old were you when you knew this was your calling and what you were going to do for the rest of your life? DAWN: I didn’t realize it until a few years ago, late in my life. When I look back now, cooking, baking and entertaining were always a part of my life. It began with my mother. I love to entertain and feed people. I guess it was always there, I just didn’t know yet that it was my calling.
HMM: What made you decide to be what you have chosen as a profession today? Who were some of your earliest influences?
DAWN: I first thought about being a lawyer in junior high as I began to get involved with public speaking and school government.
Some of my early influences would be two great teachers I had in high school who went above and beyond with helping to shape many of their minority students there.
HMM: What advice do you have for others who have THE dream?
DAWN: I would have to say never give up on YOUR dream. You may not be able to pursue your dream when you want to but if it really is your dream NEVER give up on it. I would also tell others to pursue your dream if possible because it will make you a much happier person in the end.
HMM: What is it about this that makes you do what you do?
DAWN: I think I actually love to bring smiles and happiness to people’s lives. I mean even when I used to entertain more often. My baking and creating really makes people feel happy and I get a great sense of accomplishment when I see that. Bringing something special or exposing people to something new in the form of my desserts or the dishes I cook, really makes me feel happy and a sense that I was able to contribute something to someone else’s life.