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Lovely Cakes - A Specialty Cake Company

Lovely Cakes

Renata Papadopoulos is the owner of Lovely Cakes, a full service specialty cake company located in Stratford, Connecticut.  Originally from Brazil, Renata now resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Operating for over 10 years, Lovely Cakes services banquet halls, restaurants and private clients, creating beautiful custom cakes for all occasions – especially weddings. 

 

In 2005, Renata decided to start her own business when her desire to bake was reignited by creating birthday cakes for her three children. She attended the French Culinary Institute to perfect her baking and decorating skills, but realized she would need more assistance if she wanted to build a successful business. In 2013, Renata first sought the help from the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC).

 

Already utilizing a rented commercial kitchen facility, Renata dreamed of owning a facility that she could use both for her baking and to supplement her income stream by renting space to other aspiring food entrepreneurs.  Renata sought out one-on-one business counseling over the course of the past three years by taking part in such programs as WBC-Stamford’s 4-part series on How to Start a Food Business.  She learned how to take this love of cake decorating to new heights.  Renata continued working with her counselor and became knowledgeable about the Connecticut Business Express Program and funding that might be available to her.

With the help of WBC-Stamford’s finance counselor, Renata was able to secure a loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA) which provided her with an opportunity to purchase her own commercial kitchen facility.  In addition to renovating a beautiful studio in which to create her custom cakes, it also created an additional revenue stream for Renata by allowing her to rent the space to other entrepreneurs who needed access to a commercial kitchen.

Renata has continued to return to WBC-Stamford for many workshops, as she finds them to be very helpful as she continues to grow and expand her business.  Some of the programs she has taken advantage of include: Saturday Studies: Marketing Your Business on a Shoestring, Beating the Fear Factor – Why Business Statements Matter (a 6-part series), as well as multiple sessions with a QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

 
Most recently, Renata was the distinguished winner of The Food Network’s Cake Wars in February 2016.  During an intense Valentine’s Day-themed competition, Renata “took the cake” for building the most creative, well assembled, and most beautiful cakes among her competition.  Renata has also accepted WBC-Stamford’s invitation to be a special guest instructor for its Strong Coffee, Strong Women workshop this Spring 2016 to share about her journey through entrepreneurship and how she overcame the struggles of a startup business owner.

In addition, Lovely Cakes has been featured in numerous blogs and a variety of popular magazines, such as Brides, The Connecticut Bride, Well Wed and Cake Central.  Lovely Cakes has won numerous awards including Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award and was named a category winner at the U.S. Confection Connection at the New York Cake Convention. 

Company Name: 
Lovely Cakes
Location: 
Stratford, Connecticut