Person of Interest: Teresa Toomer

Photo: Fred Lopez

Owner of Jolly Good Cakes in Leesburg

 

Vital Stats:

Former nurse at Leesburg Regional Medical Center.

England is her homeland.

Moved to the U.S. in 2010 to be closer to her mother.

Recently placed second at the American Cake Fair in the wedding cake category among hundreds of entries from around the world.

Single mom of two children, Alicia, 12; Greyson, 2½.

 

I began making custom cakes: In 2015, when I made a christening cake for my son. I posted it on Facebook, and it was crazy and amazing. People asked if I could make cakes for them, and it just went from there. I have made more than 200 cakes, and I find it relaxing. I just get in my zone.

What I love most about decorating cakes: Being creative.

The thrill of running Jolly Good Cakes: Bringing smiles.

The best compliment about my cakes: I actually have a review on my page where a guy said his cake I made was better than Publix! He’s really fussy when it comes to cakes, so that was the best review.

My most fun cake: The cake I designed from a wedding dress with a corset. It was hard work, but definitely worth it. I mixed it up with vintage and modern for the American Cake Fair, my first competition ever. People were there from different parts of the world, and I got to meet the famous cake guy back in England, Paul Bradford. He’s such an inspiration.

Photo: Fred Lopez

Three words to describe myself: Courageous, bold, brave.

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate.

If I could have dinner with anyone it would be: The Cake Boss (Buddy Valastro). I would love to just sit down and pick his brain.

Custom cakes I would love to make: Engagement cakes for guys to make proposals out of it, with a little box and the ring inside.

My dream customer: Prince Harry. I did leave a message on his site, “If you need a cake, love, come to me!”

My goal: To get a little caravan, vintage style, and sell my cakes at local events and just travel wherever the cakes take me.

Secret to my success: I think it’s me. I’m a nice person, I’m bubbly, and I get along with everybody, or at least I think I do.

Best advice I’ve been given: Just go for it and take risks. I’m doing that!

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