“I WOULDWATCH MYMOM ALL THE TIME. NOW, I LOVE DECORATING; I LOVE COMING UPWITHNEWDESIGNS.” KELLI DUFFY, COOWNER OF CAKE CAROUSEL
This aquatic themed cake is among one of the unique designs taught during classes at Cake Carousel.
Cake Carousel 100 S. Central Expressway, Ste. 36, Richardson 972-690-4628 www.cakecarousel.com Hours: Mon.-Wed. and Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun. Students learn to create cakesicles with chocolate. Participants will decorate themed cakesicles to take home. $55. 10:30 a.m.-noon JULY 20: BEGINNER CAKE DECORATING Students learn the basics for making icing and baking cakes as well as gure piping, writing in icing and more. This is a ve-week class that meets weekly. $70. 10 a.m.-noon UPCOMING CLASSES Cake Carousel oers a wide variety of classes in Richardson for anyone looking to learn about the baking and decorating process. JULY 6: WRITING TECHNIQUES In this class, students learn to make icing and to create wording and letters on cookies or cakes. $30. 6:30-8 p.m. JULY 8: SUMMER CAKESICLES
Jeri Kopecky (left) and her daughter Kelli Duy own Cake Carousel. (Photos by Erick Pirayesh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cake Carousel Family teams up to bring baking supplies, classes to Richardson A s a young girl growing up south of Dallas, Jeri Kopecky said her mother instilled in her a love for the art of baking and decorating classes Cake Carousel is known for. “I would just watch [my mom] all the time,” Duy said. “Now, I love decorating; I love coming up with new designs.” BY ERICK PIRAYESH
decorating cakes. When she rst bought Richardson-based baking supply store Cake Carousel in 1998, she had one employee and the help of her husband, Richard. Today, Cake Carousel has expanded to a larger Richardson location, opened a second store in Arlington and has multiple employees. Jeri’s daughter, Kelli Duy, wasn’t interested in pastry decorating like her mom was at a young age. But through observing, Duy said she discovered a natural artistic ability and a love for “licking the bowls clean.” “I didn’t nish college and was like, ‘What am I going to do?’” she said. “It was like a blessing in disguise. Not many families can work together.” She now co-owns and operates the Richardson store with her mother, while her brother runs the one in Arlington. Duy specializes in teaching the popular
Jeri and Kelli said the beauty of their business is that it is for anyone who is interested in baking and decorating, regardless of experience level. Their store oers a variety of supplies, including cookie cutters, bakeware, candy accents and airbrush guns for advanced designs. The wide assortment of classes they oer cover the baking and decorating process with basic, intermediate and advanced levels. All class types and schedules are listed on the company’s website. Jeri said she and her family were initially concerned for the company when the COVID-19 pandemic slowed business last year. But Cake Car- ousel proved to be an outlet for many residents in the area who wanted to bake while stuck at home. “We were deemed essential,” she said. “We still had business. We did a coupon deal, and we had several people say, ‘No, don’t give me a discount.’ It was very nice.”
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