Before getting to the mixing bowl herself, cake artist Stacey MacIntyre spent lots of time watching “Cake Boss.”
“I thought, ‘I could do that,’ ” MacIntyre said.
Now, with years of baking experience under her belt, including a handful of appearances on Food Network Canada programs, MacIntyre opened Cake Cafe on Niagara Stone Road in November.
She had her own cake decorating company in Mississauga, called Stacey Cakes, before moving to Virgil in 2019.
“The plan was for me to open a bakery in 2020, but of course, with COVID I ended up putting that off for a little while,” she told The Lake Report.
Instead, MacIntyre took on a job at Willow Cakes & Pastries doing custom cakes and wedding cakes before opening her own business.
Finally, on Nov. 18, the Cake Cafe opened its doors to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
“It’s a storefront, so people can come in and sit down to drink coffee,” she said. “I’ve got cake slices ready to go and there’s tables that look out the window.”
As a relatively new member of the community, MacIntyre said that having a physical storefront has helped with integrating into town.
“The people of Virgil are incredible. They go above and beyond to support local businesses,” she said, adding it is hard to put her gratitude into words.
At her shop, for those interested in trying their first sweet, MacIntyre suggests the popular carrot cake.
“When I was on The Food Network, I did a show called ‘The Big Bake,’ ” she explained.
“The show was hosted by celebrity chef Ron-Ben Israel, who is actually known as the king of carrot cake,” she said. “He tried my carrot cake and proclaimed me the queen of carrot cake.”
Cake Cafe is located at 1615 Niagara Stone Rd. at Line 1 Road. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For those wanting to expanded their baking repertoire, cake decorating classes will be listed on the Cake Cafe website soon. Check cakecafe.ca/services for more info.