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Cake Shop decorating

Sarah Warnke, proprietor and sole employee of Pardeeville's new Cake Shop, puts the final decorating touches on a batch of cupcakes, which were sold the minute they were brought out, during Saturday's grand opening of the new business at 134 N. Main St.

PARDEEVILLE – A stream of visitors entered The Cake Shop on Saturday, and found exactly what the sign promised.

A pair of youngsters craned their necks to the top of the display case where, in honor of Saturday’s grand opening, a display of cake pops was laid out.

“Take one,” said Morgan Warnke, whose mother, Sarah Warnke, is the new business’s owner and sole employee. “The white ones have sprinkles inside.”

The business is located in downtown Pardeeville, in what a long time ago was a jewelry store.

Today, the rear space features a kitchen, and a public space with a round table decorated with a lace tablecloth.

The front room is dominated by a wall of cake decorating supplies and a glass case that Sarah Warnke tried her best to keep filled during the grand opening.

“Today is opening day and I was up until past midnight making cakes and cupcakes,” she said. “I ran out in an hour.”

As the business name suggests, the focus is on cakes – custom-baked cakes, cupcakes and cake pops. There are no plans to offer other common bakery goods such as doughnuts and cookies.

But there’s an extensive variety of flavors – including chocolate, turtle, maple and confetti – and Warnke is open to suggestions for other flavors.

“Everything is made from scratch,” she said.

When she wasn’t putting the finishing touches on a batch of turtle cupcakes – which sold out within minutes – Warnke was taking orders for custom-baked cakes.

Warnke said she has had a goal for about 10 years of opening her own cake business, and “it finally happened.”

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Portage Daily Register Reporter