Day 205: Sweet Cakes Design

Sweet Cakes Design - The Awesome Mitten
Photo by James Fry.
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Tucked into a small shopping area of Comstock Park, down the street from the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids lies a sweet bakery called, Sweet Cakes Design.  Sweet Cakes Design is located at 6231 W. River Dr, Suite A in Belmont and can be visited between 9:00am and 5:00pm Tuesday through Friday, and between 9:00am and 1:00pm Saturday.

Owner and operator, Barb Hoek, has started from the ground up in her bakery and shop career.  Starting from the banking and credit union industry, Hoek realized how much she enjoyed cooking and the culinary profession.  She returned to school in Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary program in 2001.  After finishing the pastry certification, Hoek fell in love with the art of pastry and bakeries.  She furnished a commercial kitchen in her own home to start Sweet Cakes Design and grow the business through word-of-mouth advertising.  After 3 years in her home, Hoek bought the commercial space where Sweet Cakes has resided for the past 4 years.

Sweet Cakes Design - The Awesome Mitten
Photo by James Fry

As one of the only options for wedding cakes and bakeries in the Grand Rapids area, Hoek stresses the importance of Michigan, local, and homemade products and services.  As Hoek reiterates, one of the best things about having a cake shop in Michigan is the “artistic seasons” our state has to offer.  The difference in our seasons and lifestyles in Michigan allows Sweet Cakes the chance to diversify their products for fall, winter, spring, and summer.  The opportunities are endless!  Additionally, the ingredients in every baked good from Sweet Cakes Design are fresh, local, and made from scratch.  Priding themselves on Michigan and supporting the community, Hoek even tries to use fruits and produce that are in season by Michigan standards.

One of the most successful and creative events Sweet Cakes has been a part of is the Make-a-Wish Foundation and, specifically, their Harry Potter event for Celebration Cinema.  Sweet Cakes holds a special spot for charities dealing with children and the advocacy associated with them.  As a result, Sweet Cakes Design has donated many birthday cakes for ill children, cupcakes for fundraisers, and cakes for different events and the like.

Sweet Cakes Design - The Awesome Mitten
Photo by James Fry

Sweet Cakes Design promises to attempt to give their customers whatever they may desire when it comes to the design and implementation of their orders.  The shop offers cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and sweet bites most frequently.  Hoek provides cake tastings for wedding cakes, as well as a complimentary 1-year anniversary cake in the future.  The most important and critical characteristic of Sweet Cakes is their overwhelming sense of customer service and quality.

Stop by Sweet Cakes Design today for any of your bakery needs.  With a wide range of over 30 cake flavors and frosting flavors too, Sweet Cakes is sure to have what you are looking for with the utmost presence of quality over quantity. ~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director

Phone: 616-447-9094

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