Local cake artist wins award
SAVONBURG -- The cake artistry of Rebecca Sutterby continues to pay off for the local baker.
Sutterby, the owner of Sugar Creations in Savonburg, recently learned that she is the recipient of a $5,000 prize in the Love a Local Business Grant Competition that is being sponsored by the software company, Intuit.
In the contest, fans of small businesses across the United States can nominate their favorite business on the contest's website, and share the reasons for their affection by leaving a brief comment on the site.
Sutterby said she was "pretty much in shock" when she discovered her business had been selected to win the prize.
"I've won a lot of things, but I've worked my butt off for everything," she said. "This is the first time I've ever been handed anything, and that's nice."
Sutterby's specialty bakery was recently one of three businesses that are chosen at random from the contest's website each month to receive a $5,000 prize. After three months, the nine businesses that are chosen are judged by a professional to determine which of the finalists will receive an additional $25,000 grand prize.
Should she win the contest's grand prize, Sutterby said she has plans to expand and continue to grow her business, as well as combine it with her husband's leather shop. She even has completed the design plans for her proposed commercial cake kitchen.
"If I get the extra $25,000, I'm going to build a cake kitchen," she said. "I think we'll have the only cake kitchen and leather shop in the country."
Nominations for local businesses can be made at http://lovealocalbusiness.intuit.com.
Sutterby said she hopes other local small business owners become aware of the contest and their chance at recognition.
"I hope every small business in Bourbon County gets their name in the hat," she said.
Sutterby, a self-taught cake artist who has won numerous awards for her creations, has competed in the Food Network Challenge and TLC's "Ultimate Cake Off" show, and began entering timed cake competitions in 2006. She serves the local community but also delivers her cakes to larger cities such as Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka. She started her business in 2002 in her home and designs a wide variety of cakes for weddings and other special occasions. Her cakes have also been featured in Brides magazine, People magazine, and numerous other publications.
For more information, visit her website at www.sugarcreations.com.