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By Drew Lawson
The Times 

At-home cake shop opens in Davenport

Wilkinson offers custom cakes via social media


Last updated 9/10/2021 at 10:56am

Drew Lawson | The Times

Jodie Wilkinson operates a cakes and bakes shop out of her home on Ninth Street in Davenport.

DAVENPORT-Jodie Wilkinson moved to town two months ago, and she brought her baking business with her. The new shop, "Jodie Cakes and Bakes," is run out of Wilkinson's home on Ninth Street and offers cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other baked goods available for order in-person and via Facebook and Instagram.

Wilkinson said she started the permit process for her new business eight weeks ago and was approved this week. She makes her cakes at home and has a room in the house dedicated to cake decoration, supply storage and other business-related items, converting the space from a bedroom into a second makeshift kitchen.

Previously, Wilkinson ran the same business in Edmonds, Washington for about a year before she and her husband Michael, a safety consultant with clients in Spokane, decided to change to a smaller town and move here two months ago.

"We wanted to get back to a small town. I grew up in a small town in Oregon," Wilkinson said. "Everybody we've met here has been wonderful."

The business offers custom cakes for weddings, birthdays and other events. Wilkinson makes her own cake lettering and can make custom logos or prints onto edible wafers, such as a child's face or a company logo. She said she received help on who to talk to about starting a local business from Sixth Street Café and Pizza owner Jessica Friedland, whose own business opened this summer in town.

Wilkinson also offers small bakes like cocoa bombs, cookies and cupcakes.

"I used to do the cakes for my grandkids," she said. "Then people started saying, 'oh my gosh, I would buy this.'"

Wilkinson receives most of her orders online through social media and does her baking on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are reserved for people to pick up and place orders so Wilkinson can plan for the next week and create a new menu to list online. Her website is currently undergoing maintenance, so she primarily uses Facebook and Instagram to communicate with customers.

She prices her bakes based on time and ingredients.

"I locally source all my ingredients, which unfortunately has gotten really expensive," Wilkinson said. "The hardest part is how expensive the ingredients are, but they're not processed or made with Crisco, like cupcakes you might get at the store."

Wilkinson said she wants to stay a one-man, at-home business that she can enjoy as a semi-retirement gig. Currently, she works about 30 hours a week.

"I like keeping it small (and) self-run," Wilkinson said. "That way, I can ensure it's the best quality."

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Drew Lawson, Editor

Drew Lawson is the editor of the Davenport Times. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University.

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