Monroe County Business Function: Cakes by Stephanie

For almost 20 years, Stephanie Morgan has enjoyed the sweet success of owning her own business.

The wife and mother of three owns and operates Cakes by Stephanie, located at 118 N. Monroe St., a bakery specializing in custom cakes and desserts, ready-to-eat pastries, cookies and cheesecakes.

Before starting a family, the 53-year-old baker was engaged in tole painting. She paints and advertises her creations at various art shows in Michigan and Ohio.

“When I started having kids, I knew I still had to work, and I did a lot of baking,” Morgan said. “People loved my cookies and baking kept me home on the weekends. So I started baking at home and taking orders. Before I knew it, I was getting big bills and realized I needed a bigger space, so I started looking for a different location.”

With the help of family, Stephanie Morgan, owner of Cakes by Stephanie, runs a thriving bakery at 118 N. Monroe St. Pictured are Kaylee McDonald, left, Alex Morgan, Tom Morgan, Stephanie Morgan, Sydney and Brandon Adler, Nicholas Morgan, and Isabella Stahl.

For less than a year, the self-taught baker was looking for a building and said her Ho Ho Chocolate Cake recipe sparked the business.

“All my recipes are family recipes to which I have added my own flair. I created the Ho Ho cake from a family recipe and that’s the cake I started the whole business with,” she said. “When I was baking at home, I started with this, and I always say it was the cake that started it.”

Morgan’s signature Ho Ho Cake, a dark chocolate cake with cream filling covered in chocolate ganache, continues to be a top customer favorite along with her freshly baked cookies and Chantilly Cake, a white cake with mascarpone filling, frosting and fresh berries.

Stephanie Morgan, owner of Cakes by Stephanie, right, and her daughter Sydney Adler, master cake decorator, are always creating and adding new items for the dessert shop.  Above, Sydney puts the finishing touches on an 8-inch cherry chip cake.

Morgan and her daughter Sydney, master cake decorator, are always creating and adding new items to the menu such as Ho Ho Explosion Cookies, a chewy chocolate chip cookie topped with whipped cream and homemade ganache. Pastries are posted on the bakery’s Facebook page.

Morgan admits it’s hard to pinpoint the bakery’s busiest time of year.

“We are so blessed,” she said. “May and June were busy months for us, but we are busy all the time, especially during the holiday season.”

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