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At The Cake Lady LLC we work with clients to create one of a kind, custom wedding and specialty cakes for weddings and events.

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Allison G.

26 June 2019

We have been ordering cakes and cookies from The Cake Lady for 7-8 years.  The quality and taste of this bakery is UNRIVALED.  You can expect a beautiful - well crafted bakery item - and you can also expect to taste as good as it looks!  The owner Cece is kind and caring - and extremely committed to producing a result you will love.  She does ask for at least 2 weeks notice on most all orders...especially in the busy summer months / wedding season - so don't delay - plan ahead for your event!  She's awesome about working with you to come up with a design - often utilizing an invite or decoration as inspiration.The lavender and spice cakes are fun to try if you're looking for something new...but the buttercream is what keeps us going back for more birthday after birthday etc...You will not regret supporting this fantastic small business - it is the cream of the crop! More...

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Patti Allard

26 March 2019

I picked up a Harry Potter "Slytherin" Birthday Cake for my grandson's 7th birthday from this bakery. Not only was it beautiful, but it was also moist and delicious. I would highly recommend this bakery for any special-occasion treat that you might have. More...

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April B.

12 February 2019

What can I say about the Cake Lady that hasn't already been said? Her cakes are amazing and beautiful. They are light, moist, delicious, simple and gorgeous. I've had her spice cake with white chocolate buttercream at Sprocket Cafe - delicious. I've had her vanilla cake with raspberry and lemon filing and a white chocolate buttercream at Anoydyne - stellar. On the customer end, Cecelia is the sweetest woman and a very accommodating baker/business owner. I emailed her for an emergency cake for a friend's bday, giving less than her required two weeks notice. She came through! The cake she made - spice cake with white choco butter cream (I couldn't stay away) - was a hit. I would recommend the Cake Lady and Cecelia to anyone looking a cake for any event. Her prices are a little on the higher end but reasonable given the quality and the excellent taste of her product. Order a cake from her soon or stop at Sprocket Cafe or Anodyne to try her delicious cake! More...

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Aimee Schmitt

26 December 2018

We had cookies made for my daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner as well as a groom's cake for the wedding. Both were AMAZING and we received so many compliments and both the items and the quality! Everyone asked where we had them made. I would highly recommend The Cake Lady! So grateful we found her. More...

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Howard Kapper

26 November 2018

Fabulous! Flavorful and not too sweet. Outstanding juxtaposition of textures, colors, and intensities. She is a true artist. My guests were coming back for seconds. I am glad I bought the larger cake. More...

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Heidi Lorenzen

27 October 2018

If you're looking for the best wedding cakes out there WITH the best service possible, you'll want to choose Cece at the Cake Lady! From start to finish, Cece was 100% attentive and detail oriented. We worked together 1 on 1 to design a cake that matched the details of my wedding dress and the finished product was a million times better than I had imagined! In addition to our cake, Cece made two other cakes for us. One for a friend who skipped his college graduation for our wedding and another for my sister-in-law who's birthday was the same day as our wedding. The nursing school-themed cake and birthday cake were the best surprises we could have given to our loved ones on that day - not only did they look fantastic, but everyone loved the flavors Cece helped us to pick for them! What really stood out about Cece was that she helped to find a way for our cakes to travel 8 hours in the car AND a ferry boat ride to Mackinac Island AND THEN a horse-drawn carriage to our venue. On top of that, she coordinated with the wedding planners at our venue to ensure the cakes were set up exactly how she knew they would look best and for us to surprise our friends with their special cakes during the reception.If ya want the best, call Cece!! More...

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StickieInc

27 October 2018

The owner and baker is so sweet. She does amazing work and always makes sure you are happy with the outcome. Her red velvet is delicious !

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heidi

4 October 2018

If you're looking for the best wedding cakes out there WITH the best service possible, you'll want to choose Cece at the Cake Lady! From start to finish, Cece was 100% attentive and detail oriented. We worked together 1 on 1 to design a cake that matched the details of my wedding dress and the finished product was a million times better than I had imagined! In addition to our cake, Cece made two other cakes for us. One for a friend who skipped his college graduation for our wedding and another for my sister-in-law who's birthday was the same day as our wedding. The nursing school-themed cake and birthday cake were the best surprises we could have given to our loved ones on that day - not only did they look fantastic, but everyone loved the flavors Cece helped us to pick for them!
What really stood out about Cece was that she helped to find a way for our cakes to travel 8 hours in the car AND a ferry boat ride to Mackinac Island AND THEN a horse-drawn carriage to our venue. On top of that, she coordinated with the wedding planners at our venue to ensure the cakes were set up exactly how she knew they would look best and for us to surprise our friends with their special cakes during the reception.
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Heidi L.

3 October 2018

If you're looking for the best wedding cakes out there WITH the best service possible, you'll want to choose Cece at the Cake Lady!  From start to finish, Cece was 100% attentive and detail oriented.  We worked together 1 on 1 to design a cake that matched the details of my wedding dress and the finished product was a million times better than I had imagined!  In addition to our cake, Cece made two other cakes for us.  One for a friend who skipped his college graduation for our wedding and another for my sister-in-law who's birthday was the same day as our wedding.  The nursing school-themed cake and birthday cake were the best surprises we could have given to our loved ones on that day - not only did they look fantastic, but everyone loved the flavors Cece helped us to pick for them!  What really stood out about Cece was that she helped to find a way for our cakes to travel 8 hours in the car AND a ferry boat ride to Mackinac Island AND THEN a horse-drawn carriage to our venue.  On top of that, she coordinated with the wedding planners at our venue to ensure the cakes were set up exactly how she knew they would look best and for us to surprise our friends with their special cakes during the reception.If ya want the best, call Cece!! More...

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Sally-Anne

18 September 2018

If I could give Cece 10 stars, I would! From the moment we met, it was crystal clear that Cece loves what she does and she loves love - a winning combination for a wedding cake! Her enthusiasm for her craft, and life in general, made us fall in love with her instantly. We spent nearly 90 minutes chatting about our vision for our big day, tasting cakes, and designing a custom cake that people are still talking about. We loved her so much we hired her for my bridal shower, too, and we will absolutely use her again in the future. We adore you, Cece - thank you for being such a huge part of the best day of our lives! More...

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Zouyan Lu

25 May 2018

Fantastic cakes. Got our wedding cake as well as birthday and anniversary cakes.Delicious flavours and the cakes are really well baked. The chocolate cake remained moist which can be difficult to achieve. More...

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Maggie Sasso

25 May 2018

The Cake Lady made a birthday cake for my three-year-old and it was amazing! Absolutely beautiful and a PLEASURE to cut and serve. Very sophisticated cake, not reliant on sugar for flavor. She is the consummate professional and you are in good hands with her handy work. Thank you! More...

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Andrea Rossi

25 May 2018

You know how you have dreams of trying flavor combinations that you've never even heard of before and being blown away? And how you fantasize about calling a place to get ideas from someone who: 1) knows a lot more than you do about the thing you're looking for2) actually is willing to talk to you3) loves their job and has fun while you're both figuring out what would work for you?It's hard to believe, but there actually is a person like this! It's the Cake Lady! I called, left a message, and she got back to me the same day. We talked about I cake of hers I had tried at a nearby shop and how I'd like something similar for my husband's birthday. She immediately had great suggestions. And the cake was fabulous! Seriously, it was the best cake we'd ever had! When she says she uses the highest quality ingredients, she isn't kidding! And if you're looking for a new flavor combo to blow your mind, we highly recommend the lavender cake with lemon/raspberry filling. You're welcome in advance! More...

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heather cook elliott

9 November 2017

Really, just beautiful cakes with a professional working every aspect of this business.!

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David Pede

17 October 2017

The lavender vanilla cake was delicious, Karen's buttercream is to die for, and the end result was beautiful.

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Katey R.

22 August 2017

The Cake Lady made our wedding cake and it was perfect. Really, it's the most delicious cake I've ever eaten. I fell in love with her cakes while working at Anodyne Coffee and I'm still in love with them today. Beautifully decorated, even better taste and pretty much the best bakers. In summary: when in doubt, go with the Cake Lady. Can it be my 1 year anniversary yet so I can eat my cake again? More...

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Sara K.

26 May 2016

Discovering The Cake Lady was fate. I work downtown and walk to the Public Market often for Anodyne coffee. I noticed a beautiful cake in the window. It looked magical. Four layers-two vanilla two chocolate. Between the vanilla layers was a red filling and between the chocolate layers seemed to be-could it be?! More chocolate! I must have this magical cake. I did. I got a piece. I waited til I went back to the office as I was already going over on time for my break. Once I was safely in my cube I dug in. It was amazing. Heavenly. Fast forward from winter to spring as I'm planning my Besties bridal shower. So many details the games, the food but most importantly: THE CAKE. The most important part. I instantly remembered that heavenly cake from The Cake Lady. I immediately put on my Nancy Drew hat and sleuthed to the internet where I found her email. I described the cake to her and she knew right away what I was talking about. I asked for that cake to feed 45 people with roses with an ombré beginning with a pale pink to an ivory. It was beautiful and delicious. At the bridal shower there were gasps and many ooo's. One bridesmaid asked for the contact information and type of cake for her next event which she doesn't even know when that is. Hands down excellent cake. I can't wait for the next special event so I can have more of this magical creation!! More...

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Katie

24 September 2015

Karen aka The Cake Lady was hands down our favorite vendor. We met her at a vendor show and followed up for a tasting. At our tasting she spent over an hour explaining different combinations, sketching out a cake design, and letting us ask a million questions as we went through her picture book. She was so helpful and kind. Oh by the way, her cakes are delicious! These are not your typical mass produced wedding cakes. We wanted a 5 tier cake to feed over 200 guests and I am pretty sure every guest loved their slice of cake. Thank you Karen!!!! More...

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User4832149

16 September 2015

Cake was equally beautiful and delicious!! She produced a product that was exactly what we asked for. Easy to work with and even provided us with a cake tasting "to go" since my husband couldn't make the tasting.

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Lucy

15 July 2015

We hired The Cake Lady after a delicious tasting with her. We only wanted a display cake (2 tiers- 1 for cake cutting and 1 for 1st anniversary) as we were having cupcakes made as well. After talking to her, she suggested something a little bit bigger if we were wanting to display it as a 2-tiered cake would not stand out as much. After having her draw up our ideas/suggestions and her additions, we decided to go with a 3-tiered square cake. We could not have made a better decision to go with her. The cake was absolutely beautiful and delicious. We received several compliments the day of the wedding on both the appearance and the taste of the cake. Thank you so much Karen!!! More...

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Emily

21 June 2015

My wedding planner would not let us taste anyone besides The Cake Lady! Karen is wonderful to work with, and the tasting session is a lot of fun. She made us a phenomenal cake, which our guests are still raving about. She's worth every penny you'll spend! More...

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User3946781

30 October 2014

The Cake Lady was amazing! She is so passionate about what she does. She took the time to go over her services and even made a quick sketch of a cake design she thought we would like. Of course we did. We ordered the lavender cake and the guests loved it as much as we did. We would recommend her for weddings and other events. More...

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User3424878

19 October 2014

We got so many comments on how delicious our cake was. Karen Smith really knows how make amazing cakes. She was incredibly professional to work with and provides you the best of the best for your tasting with her. We came up with 2 fillings and 2 cakes that we liked and she recommended putting them all together - best decision ever! Her attention to detail on the decorations made it more than I could imagine. You'll definitely regret it if you don't use The Cake Lady for your wedding. More...

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Tania T.

4 October 2014

cake was just not gorgeous on the outside but it was delicious I had a chocolate cake with vanilla butter cream filling and a chocolate butter cream with fresh strawberries it was a great hit.Yummers! Service was great 5 stars! Very nice Cake Lady :)Loved my Esparza cake ;) More...

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Judy

8 September 2014

Karen did everything we asked for. Even though we did not use her artistry to it's full potential, she was gracious enough to embrace our vision. Plus we had the best tasting cake on the planet. Thank you Karen! More...

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User3661421

7 November 2013

The cakes were delicious and Karen was great to work with. I'm looking forward to our anniversary tier! Our designs were quite simple, but could definitely add up if you have a specific vision or want fondant.

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User3637731

28 October 2013

Delicious cake...received so many compliments.

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User2318837

3 September 2013

I am originally from outside of the USA and was heartbroken when I realized that US bakers simply do not offer the cake flavor/recipe that I had my heart set on from a young age. I sampled cakes from many different bakers and found that they were all very dry and flavorless. Until I found The Cake Lady. Karen made my dream wedding cake! From design to taste our guests were wowed. Expensive as it was, it as worth it. More...

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Vueve D.

12 August 2013

My husband and I asked Karen to make cupcakes for our wedding reception. We used the cupcakes as a feature in our centerpieces. Each guest had the choice of several different flavors. Our guests enjoyed the fact that they had so many different options. One of the things that impressed me most about the cupcakes, other than their lovely/varied designs, was the fact that they did not dry out for days after the wedding. Many cupcakes only have a shelf life of a few hours before they become dry, but not these. In addition to that, her bakery was very clean and tidy, and her staff was friendly. Finally, Karen was a pleasure to work with on a personal level. She mailed two free tickets to a bridal expo event at the Phister for my mother and I. In addition to that, she was able to work with us from overseas to make sure that everything ran smoothly before we arrived back in the States. I would recommend Karen to anyone organizing their own reception. She was a pleasure to work with. More...

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Jenny B.

6 August 2013

Thank you Karen for proving your awesome cupcakes at my daughter's wedding!  They were a huge hit and we received many compliments throughout the night.  The problem we had was that people wanted to eat them before dinner! More...

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Beth P.

11 January 2013

I haven't ordered from Cake Lady, but I have had her cake at Anodyne Coffee just down the street. I believe this is the only place you can buy just a slice of the cake. The German chocolate cake is phenomenal! Moist cake with the BEST, rich buttercream frosting. I will definitely be ordering from the Cake Lady in the future! More...

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Emily

26 November 2012

Karen is wonderful! Our cake was awesome! My husband doesn't really like cake, and he ate every last bite!

We moved to MS shortly after our wedding, and our cake top didn't make the trip. A year later, we were back in Milwaukee and my hubby surprised me with a cake to match our wedding cake! Karen had matched the colors and the flavor - so much better than a freezer burned cake! More...

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Mazi A.

16 November 2012

I picked up husband's cake earlier today. This is by far the best cake I've ever had.  I bought the vanilla buttercream with strawberry filling...OMG the buttercream was rich in flavor but still light and yummy! I'll be sure to order all of my cakes from this bakery! Thanks again Karen! More...

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Jen Y.

12 October 2012

Not sure why I haven't written about this place sooner...  maybe because I hate giving away my secret weapon / super favorite places?!  I have to say this is some of the best cake ever.  Moist, not too sweet cake in a variety of flavors with a light buttercream frosting in many flavors to choose from.  Favorite frostings include maple and white chocolate but it's all good!  Cake flavors are unique from lavender to the basics.Cakes must be pre-ordered, but it's worth the wait.  Go to her website and get on the email list and she'll send you specials a few times a year for some of her holiday cakes you can order. More...

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Kathy G.

26 September 2012

My daughter brought a caramel cake to a dinner party last weekend that was made by Karen.  It was the most delicious, moist, tasty cake I have ever eaten.  There were four layers and lots of butter cream frosting in-between.  It was also gorgeous.  Absolutely wonderful. More...

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Caroline P.

2 June 2012

Still the best cupcakes MKE has to offer.  Since the wedding, I've co-hosted a bridal shower and a graduation dinner party.  Both times, we ordered cupcakes for dessert.  Both times, people raved about the cupcakes.  For the most recent order, I literally called Karen 4 business days before I needed said cupcakes (called Friday, then Memorial Day weekend, needed cupcakes for Thursday.  Me, "Hello... it's wedding season and every weekend is booked beyond belief, but I didn't plan ahead and need (yes, NEED) Cake Lady cupcakes."  Karen, "Of course you NEED them.  Conveniently, I make them.  Consider it done.  See you on Thursday at 3."And, she even made an extra one for my hubby since I roped him into doing the pick up.  Awww, shucks!  That Karen, she takes good care of me... More...

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Erin S.

2 April 2012

Karen has a high standard in baking and decorating.  Her artistry and quality show through and through in her work.  She's kind, friendly, and helpful.  A must have for special occasions. More...

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Ericka W.

5 February 2012

I ordered the cake for a birthday my boyfriend and I were sharing. We could not have been more pleased. Having never tried the product, we ordered blind based on other Yelp reviews and the pictures we saw The Cake Lady's Facebook page. We could not have been more pleased with it. The cake was flavorful and moist, each layer was perfectly spaced, and the icing was perfectly balanced. We were sad to see the end of it, but look forward to ordering another cake from The Cake Lady. I'm thinking we'll do this soon in order to try the other amazing flavor combinations she has to offer.We ordered the cake via email and it was exactly what we wanted. The hardest part was narrowing down what cake, filling, and icing flavors we wanted. They all sounded so good! More...

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Lisa

16 March 2011

Wondeful and delicious! The Cake Lady did an amazing job on our wedding cake! (The cake tasting session itself was amazing!!) Karen really worked with us to create the perfect wedding cake! More...

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Annie

19 October 2010

I tried cakes at many places around Milwaukee, and either had issues with the service or the taste of the cakes (or even both), and I started to get discouraged until I found The Cake Lady!
You aren't going to go in and pick a picture out of a book when working with Karen! She sat down with me and my fiance and got to know us and our wedding and designed a cake just for us! The cake was not only gorgeous, but delicious as well! It was a hit on our wedding day!
If you do go in for a tasting, be sure to try the lavender cake! It's awesome!
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Alicia

9 August 2010

We used this company for our grooms cake and it was AMAZING! My groom always wanted a "Taylor guitar" for his gift, but that just wasn't in the budget at this point : ) So they made a life-size replica and it was gorgeous. It tasted really great, too. I would definitely go with this company! More...

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Melissa

29 May 2010

Karen is fabulous! I kind of knew we'd be hard-pressed to afford her, but she totally understood that we were on a budget and worked really hard to come up with something that fit our price range. Though the cake was a bit of a splurge, I'd say it was totally worth it. We had a beautiful (no, perfect) 2-tier presentation cake and then sheet cake for everyone else. Lavender cake with raspberry preserves, lemon curd, and buttercream icing--a party in my mouth! We also later found out that our top tier was spice cake with vanilla bean pastry cream, which was something we had mentioned before but nixed because it was too expensive. What a wonderful surprise to thaw it out and find she had thrown that in at no extra cost! Karen is super professional and really knows what she is doing--we were impressed from our first meeting and I'd recommend her to anyone. More...

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Taylor R.

20 March 2010

Before our wedding, my wife and I decided that we were going to use as many businesses and locations in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee as possible.I'm happy to say the best wedding cake I've ever had was at my own wedding.Our cake was a four tier cake, and it was very reasonably priced, but more importantly, delicious. Karen met with us for over an hour with samples of different types of cakes, fillings and frostings and explained them to us. She asked us questions, drew sketches, looked at photos with us to help us get an idea of exactly what we wanted. We returned a month later after designing our invitations so we could show her exactly what we had in mind.And she fulfilled that goal! The cake was beautiful. She uses high quality ingredients. We couldn't have asked for anything more. More...

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Ellie B.

22 September 2009

Working with Karen to design our cake was one of our favorite parts of the wedding planning process. We had visited a few other bakeries before The Cake Lady and were starting to get worried that we wouldn't find something that fit. Our first meeting was just what we were looking for - a true consultation. Karen had delicious samples prepared, listened to our ideas, and was able to deliver exactly the cake we wanted. Our friends and family still, to this day, remember our wedding cake - how beautiful it was and how delicious it tasted. More...

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Raven

15 November 2008

The Cake Lady was one of my most reliable and flexible vendors. Karen was great to work with and easy to get a hold of. She responded to emails and phone calls quickly, which is one of the most important qualities of a vendor. She was also available if I needed to drop by her shop. Both my husband and I really got along with her well and felt like we've known her forever. As far as the cake goes, it was delicious and extremely creative. My guests couldn't stop talking about how great the cake looked and tasted!! If I ever need a cake for any event, I'm going to get it from The Cake Lady. More...

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Mike

23 September 2008

We asked Karen to make us a special desert for our wedding day. They turn out great right along with our cake!

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Michelle

21 September 2008

Wonderful cake design and so yummy. We had a chocolate ganache with chocolate and a lemon with lemon curd - so good. We ordered birthday cakes from Sarah after our wedding and each one is even better than the rest.

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Rachel

8 September 2008

Absolutely wonderful! I had a specific design in mind, and she created it beautifully. Great tasting cake and great craftsmanship. Well worth every penny and our guests thought so as well! More...

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Abby

5 September 2008

The cake was beautiful and my husbands favorite part of the wedding. The design was perfect and looked just like the picture we brought in. It tasted wonderful too. Definately try this cake! More...

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Toby O.

14 August 2006

We had a birthday party with cupcakes. The cake lady make each cupcake with a different design for our theme (ocean animals - starfish, dolphins, etc.). To this day, our guests talk about those cupcakes! More...

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The best part of my job is creating relationships with clients, and helping them to celebrate life events through delicious cake!

The Cake Lady LLC is unique in that everything we bake and design is customized through the consultation process, meaning each client is given the opportunity to have their flavor and design needs met. Being that we are a small business it allows myself, the owner, the opportunity to work directly with clients to create the cake of their dreams!