In August of 2007, Sarah married her best friend Tim. In the months leading up to the big day, she worked hard to make her dream wedding come to life. All of the wedding vendors provided the best options to fit within Sarah’s design and budget…except the wedding cake baker. The consultation was a battle from the beginning to the end; the baker did not agree with the design or the color of the cake (mind you: it was a cake designed by Sylvia Weinstock who happens to be one of the best cake decorators in the world!). At the wedding reception, the cake was a nightmare in both design and taste. It was apparent that the baker did not possess the proper skills to make a great wedding cake.
Ever the person looking to shake up the scene, Sarah began to experiment with cake decorating and found that she had a natural gift. She recruited her sister, Mackensie, to help bake and promote the business. Thus, Confections of a Cake Lover began in the Fall of 2008!
The sisters created many confections for the New Hampshire and New York area but soon they went their separate ways. In 2011, Mackensie bowed out of the business to focus on her studies at Albany Law School in upstate New York. In 2012, Sarah moved with Tim and their daughter, Abi, to Meadville, Pennsylvania, where Tim took a position as an assistant professor of chemistry at Allegheny College. Sarah decided to continue with the business and opened her doors on Market Street in December of 2012.
Back when Sarah and Mackensie first started to toy around with the idea of an at-home bakery business, they posted a business-naming contest on Facebook. There were some wonderful ideas but they ultimately decided on “Confections of a Cake Lover”. This name was suggested by Mackensie’s good friend, Emily Shwajlyk, who is an avid reader of romance novels!
When thinking of the term “Confections of a Cake Lover”, confections is a play on the word confessions. Sarah started to imagine a woman tearfully spilling her soul. Images made by pop art painter Roy Lichtenstein came to mind! Sarah worked with her good friend from high school, Mike Lomanto, and came up with this color and design scheme. It was also important to keep with a more gender-neutral design, which is why blue and yellow are two of the primary colors.
Originally from Gloversville, New York, Sarah began her career as a middle school science and mathematics teacher after graduating from St. Lawrence University. She has 5 years of teaching experience in the southern Adirondack Mountains and in western New Hampshire. She even went so far as to enroll in an educational doctoral program (which she is currently completing). Her focus shifted to cake decorating when she took two years off from teaching to become a stay-at-home mother. She identifies herself foremost as a cake artist because she believes that what she creates is, in fact, edible art! She resides in Meadville with her husband, daughter, Jack Russell terrier, and two cats.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Melissa has been in the foodservice industry for over 15 years having worked and managed at Taco Bell and Tim Hortons. She loves getting creative with cupcakes and mastering the art of royal icing. Her specialty is in cookie decorating, particularly ones best suited for bachelorette parties--"If a cookie can make you laugh, then I've done my job". Making things at the bakery that brings other people joy is the best part of her day. She currently resides in Linesville with her husband, three children, dog, and a ridiculous amount of chickens and cats.
Lisa is a Chicago native whose primary profession is a biology and geology professor at Allegheny College! Her specialty is in shark paleontology and has even been on Discovery Channel's Shark Week! Her hobby of baking is what led her to Confections; in the shop, she is able to work recipes with ease. She resides in Meadville with her husband and two children. Oh, and cats. Lots of cats.
Leslie is a Meadville native that currently works as a physical therapist in Erie! She was brought up around baking but is looking forward to honing her skills at Confections. She loves being able to be creative and bringing happiness to people with sweet treats. he currently lives in Guys Mills with her husband, Chad, and their fur babies.