Everyone has a story how their business came to be, here is mine...
My Name is Melissa Erdman, I’ve been a licensed Cosmetologist since September 2001. I’ve always been a creative person and enjoyed doing hair and makeup for peoples weddings, who knew one day I would put down the curling iron and makeup brush to create wedding cakes.
In 2004 my younger brother and his longtime girlfriend got engaged and while planning their wedding found out wedding cakes can be very expensive. So I decided that I would put my creativity to good use and learn how to make a wedding cake, this would be my wedding gift to them. From there I enlisted the help of the talented teachers at Michaels to show me the ropes of decorating a cake! A year later, and many practice cakes, I created my first wedding cake in my apartment in Mendota Heights.
After I found I had a bit of talent in decorating, friends and family asked me all the time if I would make cakes for family birthdays and other occasions. In 2007 after my husband Chris and I were married, I quit my full time job as a stylist and went to work for my parents in the coffee shop (TK’s Coffee in Lilydale MN) they had opened just a few years earlier. There I’m able to bake and experiment and hone my craft. Shortly after joining their team one of my nephew's was baptized, after making his baptism cake, my sister in law asked me why I don't sell my cakes? From there my business was born.
With the help of my younger brother (who has a marketing degree from the University of MN) I named my company Cakes by ME. I’m so lucky to be able to run my business out of my parents coffee shop. Because of their customers, and word of mouth from my family and friends, my business has blossomed over the last few years.
My goal for the future is to be able to expand to a store front of my own, but until then I am enjoying every minute of this exciting journey!
I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them!!
Cakes by ME