Samantha Cade creates edible art with a sprinkle of style.
Samantha Cade’s life is on a decidedly delicious trajectory. At just 22 years old, the self-taught baker has turned her sweet tooth into a burgeoning one-woman business, Cade’s Cakes.
Her signature flavors (cotton candy, funfetti, and chocolate Oreo) make her creations stand out from other entrepreneurial epicureans. Themed desserts resembling everything from Chanel bags to Mondrian paintings have made her a hit among those looking for both whimsical and delicious confections.
The Dallas native discovered her culinary calling during a stint working at a bakery in high school. While attending the University of Texas at Austin as a business maor, she managed to sell an average of 20 cakes per week to her friends. After two years, she transferred to the International Culinary Center in New York to refine her pastry skills, then nabbed a postgraduate job working under chef and author Christina Tosi. (Her bakery, Momofuku Milk Bar was called one of the most eciting in the country” by Bon Appétit magazine.)
“It was my dream job,” Cade recalls. “On a slow day we’d make 5,000 cookies and during the holidays it would be 20,000. It was insane there, but I missed doing custom cakes.”
Cade returned to Dallas in October 2015, and soon found herself surprised by both the demand and the range of personalized requests.
“It’s all self-taught,” she says of her decorating skills. “You can’t look up ‘How do you make a Chanel purse out of cake?’ People have crazy requests, but it keeps it interesting. Last week I made a ‘chips and queso’ cake and a bottle of Veuve Clicuot. Fashionable treats are trending, and Cade recently created a Neiman Marcus shopping bag cake and cookies frosted in the likeness of stylish accessories from Stella McCartney, Dior, and Golden Goose. Operating out of a combination of kitchens, she bakes around 35 cakes per week that retail at around $100 each. Her chic cookies start at $3 a piece and she will formally debut a whole new collection this fall.
“I’ll probably come out with a line that’s boots and jackets, she muses. ”I’m very into clothes, but you’d never guess because wear workout clothes every day, so this is my fashion outlet!”