How it Started
I am originally from Richland, Nebraska, a small rural town. I grew up watching and helping my mom and both grandmothers cook and bake from scratch using all fresh ingredients from the farm. Farm (literally) fresh eggs, milk from the cows, lard for pies… you get the idea. The most memorable thing from my childhood baking is helping my mom make candy, chocolates, bon bons, cookies and other bars and treats around the holidays. It was always a yearly thing, so over the years, I got lots of practice and knowledge.
I started making cakes for friends and co-workers in college for fun and soon found something I really enjoyed doing for others that made them smile and feel extra special. Over the next 10 years, as I lived and traveled to different areas in the Midwest, I found myself baking lots of cakes, cupcakes, goodies and chocolates for people I just met, new co-workers and friends.
Settling in Des Moines, Iowa in 2007 I knew I was going to stay awhile, and as I did more cakes and other baking for friends and co-workers, I got busier and busier. Having a 10+ year background in real estate, as well as biology and chemistry degrees from the College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, it seemed a bit of a stretch for me to venture into the baking world full time. However, something told me that it was the thing to do, and in 2010 I decided to make my love of baking, decorating and designing custom cakes a legit business and ICED was born.
Owning a retail bakery was always a dream I had, but I would often say I was not sure I could ever own a bakery, because “those people have to get up REALLY early in the morning” to make sure everything is fresh (and I am night owl! ) As you can see, it did happen and I couldn’t be happier to be doing what I love and living my dream (all while waking up more times before 4am than I ever imagined a person could do in their lifetime & working 20+hr days.) I keep going back every day & still LOVE IT!!
In November of 2011, I opened Caché Bake Shoppe where you can come get all your favorite ICED products and treats whenever you want. I specialize in custom cake designs, cupcakes, cake balls, weddings, events & graduations. I love to make others smile, and there is nothing better than giving someone a box of custom wrapped, handmade cake balls, treats or a custom designed cake and see them overjoyed with happiness!
If you want to give someone that special, custom designed cake or treat, please don’t hesitate to call or email me.