Lucie Shelton

Shelton.webMany things are associated with death, such as the color black, a hearse, a skull, and large flower arrangements in cardboard vases. But cupcakes, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and professionally decorated cakes added to that list? It doesn't sound like a match made in heaven, but when you taste any of these delectable concoctions, you will understand that a bakery named "Cakes to Die For" makes perfect sense.

The owner of Cakes to Die For, Lucie Shelton, began her baking and pastry training at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina just one week after graduating from Frederick High School in 2011. She earned her associate degree in baking and pastry arts in 2012, and returned to Frederick with a dream of opening a bakery. She was walking by her current North Market Street location almost as the "for lease" sign was placed in the window and within days secured the space and set everything else in motion. In the spring of 2014, the bakery opened and Lucie and her team have been going strong ever since. "The response from the downtown community, both business and residents, has been amazing, "Lucie said. "It's been really cool to see this all come to life." The name for her business developed from her first vehicle being a hearse, which is used to deliver orders as well as generate excitement among people passing by when it is parked in front of the store.
Lucie's passion for baking began as a child. She learned from her mother, and at age six, her Easy-Bake Oven was her best friend. While in high school, she attended the Career and Technology Center for two years, taking culinary and baking/pastry classes. She says the scholarships she received through the Community Foundation went a long way in helping her realize the dream of owning a bakery. Lucie received The U. Merhl and Margaret T. Hooper scholarship, and The Kenneth W. Parker – Class of '55 scholarship. "I'm very grateful. These scholarships helped me complete my training at Johnson and Wales University, and continue my business while going to school."
Lucie advises graduating high school seniors to get as much hands-on experience as possible in a field that they like. "The experience allows you to find out if you like something enough to make a career of it. Don't get discouraged. It can take time to find the right fit." Her future plans include a possible menu expansion that would include lunch items, and she is working to get her business name known so the special order business for cakes and cupcakes and other sweets grows. "I want to be here forever," Lucie said. "Creating baked goods for special occasions is one of the happiest careers in the world."

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