When Chesapeake mom Ebony Schoenfeldt came to the end of her maternity leave six years ago after the birth of her son Caiden, she couldn’t bear to leave her newborn and go back to work.
So she didn’t.
“I made a cake, sold my first one, and I didn’t go back,” Ebony said, cheerfully. She’s now the owner of Tutu Cute Cakes, making cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops for clients, friends and family. Ebony runs the business from her Greenbrier home with her husband and partner, Mark. They built their business on referrals and word-of-mouth; no advertising. “It’s been crazy,” Schoenfeldt said. “We have a great following, and I’ve been busy ever since.”
Ebony loves being able to get her kids off the bus and be home for them, so her business model is ideal for her family. The Schoenfeldts are considering opening a classroom-type environment one day rather than a traditional bakery/cafe, because they really love teaching cake decorating classes and hosting kid’s birthday parties.
Last summer, though, Ebony took a different chance and submitted an application last summer to be on Food Network’s “Cake Wars.” “We were very surprised when we got a callback almost immediately,” Ebony said. A quick interview and a few emails later and Ebony and Mark were on the show, competing against other bakers around the country for top cake honors.
The Schoenfeldt’s episode airs on Monday, and you can have a 4d experience by meeting the Ebony and Mark themselves and even sampling some of the goodies made on the show.
The viewing party is taking place at Kelly’s Tavern in Great Bridge, located at 136 N Battlefield Blvd. The episode starts at 9 p.m., but the Schoenfeldts will be there starting at 8. If you’re watching from home, tune into the Food Network at 9 p.m. and cheer on this Chesapeake couple!