I feel confident saying that Sarah has the brain of a scientist, a mad scientist, but a scientist, nonetheless. This analytical perspective on cake artistry is an awesome thing to see. I have never seen someone be able to look at a complicated pattern and see it quite the way Sarah does. To understand it so well that she can easily recreate it on a cake, to the point where I am in sheer amazement. I can be starring at a cake, dumbfounded at incredible detailing she hand piped on a cake and she will respond with, “Oh no! It’s super simple! All you do is…” By the time she’s done explaining it, she’s right. It is simple. She is so comfortable pulling something apart and putting it back together that she makes you think you can do it to. And she will happily- no, not happily, eagerly, ecstatically- show you how you can do it to.
Sarah, an award winning decorator, joined us back in 2000 and has been doing amazing cakes ever since. I love watching her puzzle together seemingly random pieces of cake to create a sculpted masterpiece. She is always looking for new techniques to master and impossible cake challenges to overcome.
She is currently working on tutorials for our blog as well as developing new uses for isomalt in the shop. (And I’m sure 9 other things she hasn’t told the rest of us about yet…)
Becky started with us in 2018. We weren’t hiring at the time but when she sent in her portfolio of sculpted figurines, we knew we had to meet with her. She is one of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She will always stay to help a co-worker finish up a project & is always offering encouragement. She has worked hard to learn the skills of cake decorating and continues to amaze me with her modeling skills. Her attention to detail is unreal.
I am constantly amazed at how focused Becky is. Her decorating skills have developed faster and more consistently than anyone else I have worked with over a decade. She does not let fear or self doubt stand in her way & she is always mastering something new. Whether it be perfecting her buttercream flowers, intricate hand piping or sculpting. This girl is never going to stop developing her skills.
Customer Service Manager
Jennifer started as our awesomely talented Baker. She was in before the sun wakes up, creating the most delicious cakes, probably in the world. (I mean, we sure think so!) With a passion for people, a degree in the Culinary Arts & two kiddos at home who love to bake; it is no surprise that Jennifer is always looking for the next thing she can learn. Her innate desire to learn & master new skills is enviable. She is one of the hardest workers I have ever met and she is always going out of her way to help someone else.
She has been with us since 2018. Her oldest daughter, Ayana, is part of our seasonal staff and has inherited Jennifer's talent for baking.
You may know Jennifer as our Customer Service Manager. She runs the front of the house & translates customer requests into decorator language. She is always looking for new ways to take care of our team & our customers. She is a constant reminder to us all that kindness is powerful.
One of our newest team members, Brooklynn is eager to learn from our talented team. She is kind & thoughtful. She is a skilled decorator that I look forward to getting to know better. She has amazing potential and I am excited to get to see how she develops her skills.
Ashley is one of our part time team members, she is a stay at home mama the rest of the time and works a flexible schedule based on the needs of her family. She works like an artist and you can often tell her moody by the color palate she creates. She has a brilliant understanding of color theory and does gorgeous intricate geometric piping in buttercream.
Customer Service, Cake Artists, Bakers, etc.
During our busier seasons we have several cake artists, bakers & customer service reps join our team to allow us to be able to take on more orders. As a seasonal business we rely on these amazing people to maintain our business, avoid overworking our full time crew and continue to take orders from our customers.
We are all here today because in 1995 Ilene McHone had the crazy idea to start a business, with the dream of becoming the best cake shop, that specialized in innovative techniques. Against all the odds, and there are a lot of those, she succeeded. July 31th, 2019, she was able to sell Classic Cakes and retire having done something most of us only dream of. She set an unimaginable goal and achieved it.
While the cake is awesome, Ilene’s legacy is in her desire to care for people. I have worked with Ilene, in some capacity for the last 10 years, but long before I met her she had a tradition of caring for her employees. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner, throwing Christmas parties, giving us holidays off to be with our families and throwing pitch in lunches for everyone’s birthday. This care for people extended into her customer service too, ask any bride who met with her for a cake tasting, she was completely engaged and eager to figure out how we could help make their day just a little more special.
I am honored that Ilene has entrusted her business, her baby, to me. I feel I have the benefit of sharing several of her core values and vision for making Classic Cakes the best & most innovative. I’m excited to be the new leader of Classic Cakes, but Ilene McHone will always be her founder.
Family, Friends & Customers
This job is an opportunity to follow our dreams and create something beautiful, but we often find ourselves working late nights, holidays and every weekend. We are incredibly grateful to our family & friends who understand this & support us.
We are forever grateful to our amazing, loyal customers who make it possible for us to do something awesome for a living and who value the work we do.