One-year-old Nolan is about to dig into the cake baked by his mother.
When Ally Brown’s first-born turned one, Ally was shocked at the cost she was quoted for a Minnie Mouse themed birthday cake. Then a full-time beauty specialist at Cutting Loose Salon at Somer’s Crossing, Ally thought, “I’m creative. I think I can do that for 1/3 the cost.”
Last month, almost three years after coming up with her first confection, she baked her second child his first birthday cake. She had left full-time beauty work for freelance work when he was born and – thanks to photos of her cakes posted on social media – was asked to do some custom cake-making as well through the years.
In March, Allie’s beauty work came to a sudden halt. “Due to COVID all of my brides and prom girls had to cancel – so I still was doing cakes just for extra side work,” said Ally.
The art of make-up and the art of cake baking merged when she and the management at the Four Seasons by the Lake restaurant in Stafford engaged in a discussion about brides and bridal receptions after COVID-19. “Then they followed me on social media and saw my cakes,” said Ally. And they liked what they saw – an array of confections that range from pretty to cute to even edgy, depending on the theme or the character she creates.
In May, the restaurant started offering custom dessert creations through a partnership with Cakes by Ally. She uses the venue’s kitchen and sells all her cakes through the restaurant.
“I’m still adjusting to working in a commercial kitchen, but the creativity decorating brings me is such a joy. I look at a picture and just like to be creative. However, being a makeup artist, I understand color theory too,” said Ally.
To arrange for a custom creation by Ally, Call Four Seasons by the Lake at (860) 851-9445.
Ally Brown about to box up her custom Peppa Pig birthday cake.
Ally’s custom Moxie cake seems to defy gravity
Photos courtesy of Ally Brown
By Laura Hayden