Taylor’d Cakes in Lake Wilson serves up tasty funLAKE WILSON — Non-traditional, whimsical and unique. These are just a few of the terms that can be used to describe the beautiful and fun creations from the talented Angie Ford, owner and operator of Taylor’d Cakes.
LAKE WILSON — Non-traditional, whimsical and unique.
These are just a few of the terms that can be used to describe the beautiful and fun creations from the talented Angie Ford, owner and operator of Taylor’d Cakes.
A Lake Wilson native, Ford started decorating cakes a few years ago as a hobby. Between working full-time as a registered nurse, raising her two children Taylor and Brady, and helping her husband Bobby on the farm, she agreed to the requests from friends and family to create special cakes for birthdays and other fun occasions.
She became licensed through Kelly’s Koffee in Pipestone after what had started as a hobby turned into a business, but soon even the kitchen in Pipestone didn’t suit her needs.
“When I started looking at doing weddings cakes, there was just no way,” Ford stated. “It took up too much space.”
But a small house for sale in Lake Wilson soon got her thinking. Until just thinking about it wasn’t enough.
She purchased the house and started renovating. What was once a residence at 611 College Avenue is now a USDA-licensed kitchen, office and consultation room.
“I have 36 weddings between now and October,” she said with a smile. “Someone called a while ago wanting to know what dates I had open next June. She’s planning her wedding date around when I can make her cake. I was amazed.”
Through this year’s graduation season, in a two-week period, she made 110 dozen cupcakes and 28 cakes.
Her stacked cakes and non-traditional ideas are keeping customers calling.
“I don’t want them to walk out the door with a cookie-cutter cake,” Ford explained. “I like everything to be personal. I do sheet cakes, too, but not plain. I fancy them up with hand-modeled fondant figurines, or other fun things.”
From baby shower cakes with edible booties to cupcakes with fancy wrappers and individual touches, nothing coming out of the kitchen of Taylor’d Cakes can be described as “cookie-cutter.”
“It makes the customers feel special,” Ford said. “It’s not just a cake with your name on it, it’s a cake that was designed for you.”
She makes 3-D cakes by carving them into whatever a customer is looking for.
“If you want a cake that looks like a motorcycle, I can do that,” she stated. “Tires, handlebars and all.”
She has made a 3-D mounted deer on a wall, fish, purses and other requested items.
“And everything is edible, so don’t worry about picking stuff off,” she added.
As fun as the designs can be, Ford is determined that each cake or cupcake that leaves her door is also delicious. When brides come to consult on a wedding cake, she brings out three flavors of cake and at least six fillings, which can all be mixed and matched together. Chocolate cake with raspberry filling, white almond cake with lemon filling, marble cake with Oreo fluff filling — anything goes when it comes to tempting taste buds. And in the cupcake world, she’s not content to stick with the basic flavors.
“I make gourmet flavors, like Snicker bar, peanut butter cup, red velvet, s’mores, hot cocoa…,” she said.
Gourmet cake flavors include amaretto divine, coconut cloud, Irish cream, chocolate-dipped strawberry and turtle.
When it comes to using fondant, she uses something that tastes good, and adds a layer of icing underneath. The fondant, she said, is rolled out thin to make everything “smooth and pretty.”
Ford has cut her hours of nursing to part-time so she can devote more time to creating beautiful cakes, and is now in the midst of planning a grand opening, which will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. July 16 at the Lake Wilson site.
“We’ll have a tent set up and will be doing tours, we’ll have a dozen different flavors for people to sample, popcorn and snow cones, entertainment and balloons,” she stated. “It’s definitely a family event.”
People who stop by the grand opening will also be able to enter drawings for some delicious items, such as a dozen cupcakes once a month for a year, a free birthday cake and more.
Anyone interested in some of Ford’s fun, fancy and fantastic wares can contact her at (507) 879-3591 or visit her website photo gallery at www.taylorcakes.com. In her shop, Ford does not have cakes sitting in a display case ready to grab and go. Because the creations from Taylor’d Cakes are tailored to fit a customer’s needs, it is suggested that customers call in advance when they are looking for a specialized cake.