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Cake Walk Specialty Cakes, a friendship that grew into a business in Hagerstown

January 25, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Cake Walk Specialty Cakes & Pastries partners Katie Martin, left, and Kathleen Murray are applauded by county commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham Friday as they celebrate their second year of business in South Pointe.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Cake Walk Specialty Cakes & Pastries did not mark its first anniversary with a celebration, but partners Katie Martin and Kathleen Murray marked its second Friday with a ribbon-cutting and open house.

“It was a friendship that grew into a business relationship and the product speaks for itself — It’s delicious,” Murray said. There was a need in the area for unique cakes for all occasions and other specialty confections, she said.

Martin is the pastry chef, a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md., and said Murray handles the management and marketing for the bakery at 222 Oak Ridge Drive, Suite 900.

Tal Ayali, a Israeli citizen living in the United States and attending L’Academie de Cuisine, is working as an intern.

Despite the snow, Friday’s open house attracted a number of customers, family and friends, as well as a couple of Washington County Commissioners — Ruth Anne Callaham and William McKinley.

Callaham presented a certificate of recognition on behalf of the board of commissioners and Director of Member Services Jill Reddecliff presented  another from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

“I was actually in college for business administration and thought cakes would be fun,” said Martin, who got her associate’s degree before entering L’Academie de Cuisine.

Martin’s cakes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions can take many forms according to customer’s wishes and her imagination and skill.

One of the first she sold was in the shape of a coach purse — realistic enough to briefly fool the recipient into thinking it was her purse, Martin said. One man got a cake in the shape of a ketchup bottle, she said.

“Any theme that you want to do ... I’ve seen her do it,” Murray said.

Cupcakes and cookies are also on the menu, which can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee in the shop.

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