Does Judy Detter eat a lot of cake? No, but every so often she has a craving for cake or an idea for a new flavor and her family has to do their share of taste-testing.
The baker referred to her family as absolutely champs, because they once tasted a dozen batches of butter cream frosting until she arrived at the perfect recipe.
My husband said, ‘That's it,' and the girls gave a thumbs up, said Detter of her family's willingness to lend their taste buds.
Detter, Clever Cakes & Cupcakes owner, winds down in her Clarks Summit kitchen while baking and fashioning commissioned cakes for her customers' parties and celebrations. While she bakes mostly birthday cakes, some of the other orders she receives are for graduations, baptisms, communions, anniversaries, football, retirement parties and even a few weddings.
She offers chocolate, vanilla, yellow, butter cake and marble – all the basic cakes – but she will also whip up a red velvet, coconut, peanut butter, strawberry and lemon.
Most people go for the basics unless it's a special event…, she said.
Detter said her baking business took shape four years ago when her daughter was in preschool. She baked cakes for close friends and family. A Wilton Cake Decorating class at a hobby store was the icing on the cake for her.
I felt like I found that missing little creative piece, and it made me want to come back here (to her kitchen) and start experimenting and continue practicing what I had just learned.
Owning a business was one of the items on her bucket list.
I didn't know what that business would be 15 years ago, said Detter. I never imagined doing this at home, but it has been a lot of fun.
Cake decorating fulfills her creative drive, she said. In the same way a painter has her canvas, We have our icing and our fondant and all of our tools, too, to make a cake unique or one-of-a-kind. You have to enjoy baking. It's a good wind down and it's relaxing for me. But the most rewarding thing is when someone walks in that door and they see it (their cake) and I see their expression, that's it. That's why I do it.
Requests for cakes that come her way can be specific, such as, this is what I'm looking for' and they'll have something really specific in mind, Detter said. I will talk to friends who will say, ‘These are the colors I'm thinking of. Just go for it.' People who give me free reign are a lot of fun, too.
In addition to baking for her customers, she has donated approximately 20 cakes in the course of two to three years. She explained, If money is tight for somebody, you may not go out and splurge on a cake…It's a way for me to give back.
She bakes on a first come, first served basis, with requests from family and children a priority. For more information visit her Facebook page, facebook.com/pages/Clever-Cakes-Cupcakes/ 112043305497608? ref=ts&sk=info.