About Cretia Cakes
LaCretia's love for Southern cuisines and desserts began early on, inspired by her Southern parents and their love of Soul Food and its traditions. She was born and raised on the West side of Indianapolis right down the street from the Indianapolis 500. Before she started to bake herself, she watched her older sisters whipping up baked goods in the kitchen. She attended All Saints Catholic school. Oftentimes, the school would have bake sales to raise money. She would bake sweet treats for the bake sale where she was dubbed Ms. Betty Crocker by her friends. She entered a yearly hobby show at school where she made her first custom cake with the help of her Cousin in the fifth grade. After elementary school, she went to Cardinal Ritter High School and later transferred to Ben Davis High School where she continued her Foods classes.
LaCretia thought it would be wise and beneficial to have a career in Corporate America than in baking. She went to school and received her degree in Accounting. As a hobby, she signed up for a cake decorating class at Cake Create, a local cake and craft supply store. She made cakes for family and friends. Every time there was a family birthday or special occasion, she would make a custom cake. Everybody would ask if this was a Cretia Cake, meaning was this cake made by Cretia.
When LaCretia was faced with a health challenge, she decided Accounting was not her forever. After coming from a Doctor’s appointment, she decided to enroll in the Culinary Program specializing in Baking and Pastry Arts at Ivy Tech Community school.
Her first instructor was Chef Paul Vida who instilled in her the passion in pastry art. You could tell he really loved what he did especially in the Yeast Breads class. Another instructor that was influential to her was Chef Linda Shonk. Chef Shonk created Choco Pan and was also seen on Food Networks Cake Challenge. LaCretia joined American Culinary Federation as a Junior Chef while she was still in school. After she graduated, she switched from a Junior Chef to a Professional Chef.
While in school, she worked at Just Desserts under Chef Goudi a chef instructor at Ivy Tech. While there she gained knowledge of wholesale baking and how manufacturing worked. She also worked at Panera Bread as a baking assistant. She did her internship under her Mentor Marsha Brooks of Ms. Sweet B’s on the Westside of Indy.
LaCretia got licensed and worked out of a licensed daycare in 2004 owned by Randy Lane. What would she call it... Cretia Cakes? The opportunity presented itself to open a retail bakery in 2006 while in school on West 16th Street, three minutes from The Indianapolis 500. She worked with Mr. Greenspan who worked at the Indy 500. She later made a custom racecar cake for one of the driver’s birthday. With the help of her family, she went on to build the business by attending events such as bridal shows, expos, and the like. Then the bottom fell from under her during the House Market Crash in 2008. Her husband Angelo lost his job as a drafter. He worked for a local builder who was forced to close their doors... It was then when Angelo became more active in Cretia Cakes...when one door closes, another opens.
She is very proud of her accomplishments thus far. In 2010, she worked with Hoosier Park and Casino located in Anderson Indiana. She was responsible for all sorts of baked goods for the main kitchen and made monthly birthday cakes for them, as well. LaCretia was awarded a contract with the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI that was in her hometown. She is also a certified minority woman owned business through the state of Indiana. She and her family made over 2000 cookies to represent each team. In 2013, she returned to Ivy Tech now as an Adjunct Pastry Instructor.
LaCretia and her husband Angelo, traveled down to Florida to visit the Home Shopping Networks corporate office. They pitched one of her Southern style cakes and HSN loved it. Later, she was asked to participate in HSN American Dreams Academy in Washington, D.C. along with her husband. At the academy, she was able to ask many questions from their lawyers, merchandisers, and learned shipping logistics. She is also involved in philanthropic work with Death by Chocolate, The Children’s Museum, and The Indianapolis Zoo.