RIVER VALE, N.J. — The chandeliers and sconces are arriving at the new Art of Cake Studio in downtown River Vale this week.
Yes, the next sweet chapter in the storied career of cake maven Tammy Dunwoody has begun.
The Oradell entrepreneur, who pioneered the baking camp concept in Bergen County, has opened a do-it-yourself cake decorating studio.
For kids and adults.
“I love the do-it-yourself thing,” said Dunwoody, whose cakes have been featured on “The Martha Stewart Show” and “Cupcake Wars.”
“When I was a kid, my father was in the Air Force,” she added. “So my brother and I would be at the base and do a ceramic thing where you showed up and poured your own little mold. Then you went back after it dried to paint and glaze it.
I always thought doing it yourself was so much fun.
Her new place, with its funky elegant industrial look, is designed to be everyone’s kitchen away from home.
It’s almost like a makerspace, Dunwoody said.
The Art of Cake Studio is a place people can decorate their cakes instead of messing up their own kitchens.
“You can come here, pre-order a cake in any size, and sit in the studio to decorate it, using my tools,” Dunwoody said.
Come with a friend or friends, too. The price is $12 per hour per person.
The studio is loaded with every kind of decoration imaginable from sprinkles to sugar flowers to ribbon. Equipment, too, including an oven, a 60-quart mixer, and a fondant sheeter.
Plus, Dunwoody is around to answer questions or be a guide.
The Art of Cake Studio also is a place a bride can order a wedding cake, or tiers of a cake, and put them together herself for a fraction of the cost she’d pay someone else to do it.
Since a slice of fondant cake goes for $10, the savings could be substantial, Dunwoody pointed out.
Or a whole family can come and decorate a cake to feed 50 for Grandma’s birthday.
There are other ways to use the studio, too: kids’ birthday parties, camps, showers, bridal parties, private events, lessons.
Vino and Cake Decorate and Sip Events will be featured 7:30 on Thursday nights, 12 people maximum. Dunwoody provides the glasses and ice.
Fans of Dunwoody’s flavorful cakes who’d rather not use a piping bag can just order a cake, buttercream or fondant, and pick it up. Or have it delivered.
After the holidays, the studio will be fully open.
The December Cake and Pastry Camp for kids is running Dec. 27-30. Dunwoody is planning lots of camps when school is out of session.
The public can start pre-ordering cakes Jan. 4.
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