Sweet smell of success: Shop adds to Stayton’s bakery options

February, 2010 Posted in Business

By Mary OwenChantiell Tabor, owner of All Around Cakes, displays her first rose.

From topsy-turvy to three-dimensional, Chantiell Tabor’s designer cakes please the eye and the palette.

Tabor’s passion for cake-making started at age 7 in her mother’s kitchen. Now this Stayton “cake boss” has carved herself a niche in the local bakery market with designer cakes, cookies, cupcakes and even bouquets of edible roses.

“Most people keep them for keepsakes,” she said of the roses, pure-sugar confections that can be turned into memoirs with a quick brush of shellac. In her bakery case are the two roses she first created.

“I wonder how long they’ll last?” she questions, holding one gently in her hand.

Although small, the bakery is filled with goodies, all testaments to Tabor’s creative genius. Her intention, she said, is simply to add another dimension to Stayton’s bakery offerings.

“This is one of those passions that resurface after life happens, kids happen,” said Tabor, who honed her skills going to Wilton cake-making classes, attending a Las Vegas cake camp with top Food Network bakers, and through years of making family birthday cakes and other goodies.

Encouraged by her husband, Edward, the 38-year-old mother of five – Alethia, 18, Brianna, 13, Haley, 11, Gracie, 9, and Garrett, 8 – opened All Around Cakes on Dec. 4 next to the Covered Bridge Café, a future recipient of her baked goods.

“It’s in the works – scones, breakfast items,” Tabor said.

Meanwhile, Tabor can be found at her store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesdays through Fridays, and by appointment on Saturdays. She makes deliveries and can be reached at 503-931-0404 when not at the bakery.

“I’m in and out, but you can reach me easily by phone,” she said. “Most cakes start at about $15 for a 6-inch and go up according to how much time it takes and what goes into it.”

Favorites include butter cream, dark chocolate and red velvet on the inside. The shapes, icing and cake accessories differ from customer to customer, Tabor said.

“I bake cakes for all occasions – birthdays, events, weddings,” she added. “I only take on one wedding cake a week, and it’s best to arrange for one six months ahead of the wedding.”

Sculpted cakes, such as the topsy-turvy cake she created for her daughter’s 18th birthday, take at least two weeks advance notice, she said.

Attendees at the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce Greeters last month got to sample a few of the baked goods Tabor hopes to become known for.

“I’m doing what I love to do,” she said. However, one mystery remains, “My daughters help me clean the store most nights, but none have shown an interest in baking yet.”

For now, Tabor’s reigns supreme with family and friends, baking all sorts of goodies for their celebrations and events. She hopes local residents will soon become fans as well.

To view a few of her creations firsthand or the first rose she ever crafted, Tabor invites people to stop by All Around Cakes at 530 N. Third Ave.

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