Chef LaCretia Allen, aka “Ms. Cakes,” specializes in ‘a little something different.’ It’s that ‘something different’ that keeps her customers coming back for more of her southern style sweet treats.
Cretia started watching her sisters bake when she was a kid. Her mom was busy providing for the family. Although her mom loved sweets, baking them was not her specialty, but someone had to make the dessert. Who? After hearing her mom say she “wished” someone knew how to bake the sweet treats her mom and other relatives used to make when she was a child, Cretia went on a mission. She traveled to Tennessee and Mississippi to spend time in the kitchen with her aunts to learn the family’s dessert recipes. She baked for her parents and for school bake sales where she got the nickname "Ms. Betty Crocker" growing up. Those recipes would become the basis for what is now a family business.
LaCretia is married to her high school sweetheart Angelo "The Baker's Man" Allen. They have been married for over 20 years and are business partners. Angelo works in the architectural department were he is a drafter; he is also a licensed cosmetologist. When he was laid off in 2007 from a local home builder, he became more active in the day to day activities and has become a great asset to the business.
An accountant by trade, in 2005 a possible health challenge caused LaCretia to realize life was short, and it was time to pursue her true passion. That’s when she started selling her delicious homemade cookies in various Indianapolis businesses. The “cookie lady” then decided to open up a “by appointment only” dessert shop in 2006. And in 2015 she and her husband opened up a full time bakery, where they specialize in beautifully designed wedding cakes, celebration cakes and other southern sweet treats.
A graduate of Ivy Tech Culinary with a Concentration in Bakery and Pastry, the last several years Cretia has taught cakes, icings and fillings to the next generation of bakers. So far, the highlight of her pastry career was being a contract recipient the 2012 Super Bowl Tailgate party in Indianapolis. but she knows the next big event is right around the corner. Whether your event is big or small, Cretia would love to work with you to create ‘a little something different,” to make your event or party special. She just loves to “make people happy”, so make your day a memorable one with Cretia Cakes and taste the sweetness!