Hilary Larson! owner
“Turn your hobby into your profession…”
Like something out of “Field of Dreams”, those words arrived at the forefront of my mind back in 2003. Within days I left my career in telecom start-ups and started Eat Cake! in Newburyport, MA. Initially launched out of my home kitchen, the business grew due to a loyal following, some serious word-of-mouth, a little selective magazine advertising, one completely awesome website, and my husband who believed in me even when I didn’t know what I was doing. Eight years later, because of an unwavering commitment to quality, love for the product, and a dream staff, I have a well-respected business in a gorgeous studio in the town I call home. You can find me at Eat Cake! in downtown Newburyport with my son, Charlie, at my side and a smile on my face.
My love for baking all started, like it does for so many of us, with Grandma. One of my earliest memories is sitting on a stool at the island in her kitchen helping her make pies. From then on I experimented with baking, and never heard any complaints from my family about the constant supply of different desserts in our house. Although Culinary School gave me some fundamental instruction about the pastry industry, I still haven’t been able to perfect my Grandma’s pie crust! In 2007 I worked for Hilary for the first time and my life has been amazing ever since (yes, I get paid to say that!). I am honestly thrilled to still be working with Hilary and am honored to play a major role in the business as it grows. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of Eat Cake!, working with amazing people at a job I love.
I recognized my passion for cake decorating as a young teenager. After experimenting, researching, and seeking guidance in edible art, I decided to pursue a career in confections. Friends and family allowed me to create new personalized cakes for every occasion. My bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management left me craving an outlet in creativity and art, so I earned a Certificate of Pastry Arts from New England Culinary Institute. While searching for an internship, I found Hilary Larson’s bio and loved her fun-loving attitude and passion for pursuing a dream. I began at Eat Cake! in March of 2011 and soon realized that I was not the “new girl”, but part of the family. With Hilary’s guidance, I love using my focus in sculpted fondant art to add to the diverse custom cakes she creates. I look forward to making your next cake from Eat Cake! look as spectacular as it tastes!
Neighbors and friends since 2004. My involvement with Eat Cake started over coffee with Hilary one morning while standing in the middle of our street in our pajamas. She was working out of her home kitchen at the time and the business was growing by leaps and bounds. I casually mentioned to her that if she ever needed a hand that I’d be happy to lend one. Well, she took me up on my offer and here we are today. I knew I was in it for good when we did a wedding that involved individual cakes for each guest. Nothing like baptism by fire! The majority of my work life has been spent as a hair stylist and I’m now enjoying another chapter here at Eat Cake! As if it could get any better, I am a mother to a beautiful girl and a wife to a gorgeous hunk of man. My life is full.
You could say that I was born to do this. In fact, one of the first words I ever uttered was “butter”. Well, in truth it was really more like “bootah” but whose picky about dropped “r’s” around these parts? My job here at Eat Cake is an important one as it revolves solely around public relations. I greet folks when they come in and then wave as they leave. Sometimes I bang on the door and squeal to make them feel extra appreciated as they walk up the stairs with their box of cupcakes. At the end of any given day I’m pretty spent and I’m typically covered in sugar or buttercream or food coloring. All part of the job. They couldn’t do it without me here. At least I think that’s what I’ve heard them say. Maybe it’s that they wouldn’t want to.