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Cake Inspiration

Cake Inspiration
One local woman took the skills she learned in the corporate world and applied them to baking cakes and building her own empire. Read on for more.

 

112111CAREER.jpgNo matter how well a woman can cook or bake, there is always one recipe in her repertoire that everyone just loves. It's this one recipe that a woman makes numerous times and tweaks along the way until she makes it her very own perfect recipe.

 

For Nancy Aichholz it was a carrot cake recipe. "The recipe is based on one I found in a cookbook years ago, and over the years I experimented and tweaked it to make it my own," says Aichholz, owner of NanCakes. "What I love about it, and what I think sets NanCakes apart, is that it is heavy on carrots, light on cake, so it is very moist and full of flavor. The frosting is absolutely addicting, too!"

 

Aichholz worked until she developed the mix of ingredients for what is now the NanCake recipe. What sets Aichholz's carrot cake apart from the rest is when you purchase one of her cakes, you are getting a homemade, labored-with-love, quality cake as opposed to a mass-produced cake you find elsewhere. NanCakes are made with only all natural fresh ingredients that are made one at a time. The signature style of NanCakes come in individual mini-bundt cakes, however, they also are available in several one-layer size cakes.

 

Aichholz used to work fulltime with a career in marketing for a large corporation as she juggled being a wife and a mother to three. Throughout the years she would make her carrot cake, and it wasn't long before family, friends and co-workers began to request her delicious cakes for their parties and special occasions. Aichholz noticed this and piqued her interest in starting a new chapter in her life.

 

"So, after countless requests for my cakes, I decided to take it to the next level, and I founded NanCakes in February 2010," says Aichholz. "I was excited to see what the next chapter would bring. I attended a back-to-work seminar, which got me into the planning phase. It forced me to ask myself what I was good at and what I was passionate about. Marrying my skills led to the creation of NanCakes. I am passionate about baking and entertaining, but I also have a background in marketing and branding, so this was the perfect opportunity to combine my skills and talents to build my brand."

 

In just a short two years, NanCakes has grown into a full-fledged business that operates out of a co-op kitchen while an extensive network of people are helping to expand the NanCakes brand into several retail markets. You can currently find NanCakes in Nordstrom's e-Bar cafes, Remke Biggs and Skytop. You can also special order NanCakes through its website for private parties, charity or corporate events.

 

Aichholz says she hopes her story can inspire other women to find something they are good at and feel passionate about just getting out there and giving it a try. "I believe strongly in helping others along. My friends have been invaluable to me in this journey," says Aichholz. "I am thrilled to be employing wonderful women and utilizing the skills of many other entrepreneurial women in my network who produce the highest quality work while maintaining their family and community priorities. It's all about the life and work balance at NanCakes."

Amy Wray -

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