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The Suburbanite
  • Local bakery serves up cupcakes for a cure

  • Area residents looking to satisfy a sweet tooth have a new option in town. All Occasions Bakery opened at 7230 Portage St. in Jackson Township in December, but its owner, Lisa Fink, is no newcomer to the scrumptious world of pastries, pies and cakes.

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  • Area residents looking to satisfy a sweet tooth have a new option in town. All Occasions Bakery opened at 7230 Portage St. in Jackson Township in December, but its owner, Lisa Fink, is no newcomer to the scrumptious world of pastries, pies and cakes.
    “I started baking when I was 14, actually,” said Fink, whose interest in the craft was sparked by a childhood neighbor who baked birthday and wedding cakes. “I was always over there watching her, so I started baking cakes for family and friends.”
    When her children were born, Fink began selling her confections, which she baked out of her home. That was 18 years ago, and the business has grown exponentially since. All Occasions made a total of 189 wedding cakes in 2012, in addition to made-to-order birthday and special occasion cakes, pies, cookies, brownies and, of course, cupcakes.
    “I actually needed to move the business out (of my home) about eight years ago, but I wanted to be at home with my children when they got home from school, so it just wasn’t the right time,” Fink said. Now, with one son graduated and a daughter graduating this year, Fink’s long-time goal of opening a storefront for her business has come to fruition.
    With the help of her husband Max, whom she credits with making her dream to open the store a reality, Fink transformed the spot into a bright yet cozy bakery with vibrant pink walls, a black-and-white checkered floor and a few small tables where guests can sit and enjoy some coffee and a cupcake ($2.25 each, four for $7 or six for $10).
    The bakery’s cupcake menu rotates daily, with staples such as white chocolate macadamia nut (a customer favorite) and Buckeye (chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, topped with two mini Buckeyes), making frequent appearances in the display case. Other popular flavors include salted caramel kiss and chocolate caramel frappe. And, with unconventional cupcake creations such as chocolate key lime topped with whipped cream frosting, it’s clear Fink isn’t afraid to think outside the box when it comes to flavor combinations.
    While these decadent desserts might sound sinful, indulging actually supports a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure as part of Fink’s Cupcakes for a Cure campaign, an idea she came up with four years ago when her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    While the cupcake business is certainly booming, Fink says wedding cakes still make up the bulk of her orders. She offers free consultations and suggests booking wedding cakes at least six to nine months in advance.