Walking into Cocoa Chanel Cakes, a new bakery in Amelia, guests may notice that the cute shop is not quite finished. But that is because Chanel Stout, owner/baker, does everything from scratch.
Stout bake her cakes, cupcakes and other desserts from scratch, using only the purest ingredients. She creates all of the cake decorations on her own, and now Stout is working to establish her new shop from the ground up.
“I think a lot of people like the attention to detail,” Stout said about her work.
And the Amelia resident devotes countless hours to details. Whether it is perfectly crafting a layer cake or creating edible sugar flowers to place on top of a tiny cupcake, Stout’s attention to detail is what makes her cakes beautiful and delicious.
“It’s what I like to do,” Stout said. “It’s not just a job.”
Stout said she’s always enjoyed baking, but her auto-immune disorder led her to pursue a career in the industry. Since her body couldn’t handle preservatives and other artificial ingredients, she baked without them.
“My grandmother always said, ‘If God didn’t make it don’t eat it,’” Stout said.
Stout bakes with only natural ingredients and often substitutes ingredients to make her products healthier. She said she is self-taught and used to spend hours hours concocting things in her kitchen.
Soon, Stout was selling wedding cakes and working out of her basement, and eventually she had more work than she could handle and needed more space.
“My husband said ‘go big or go home,’” Stout said.
So the family, including Chanel Stout’s husband, Robert Stout, and son, Tyler Mann, pursued a bake shop.
Cocoa Chanel Cakes is located at 919 Ohio Pike in Amelia, and Chanel now has plenty of space to bake all day long. The new shop also allows Chanel, who is a foster parent, to have a play area for her foster children.
Just like with everything she does, Chanel is working hard to perfect the new shop. She said she may not have all the equipment yet, but she has turned the quaint shop into a nice place to work and serve the community.
“It didn’t feel real until I started hearing the beeps of the cash register,” Chanel said about opening the shop. “When a stranger came in and walked out smiling that made me feel like it was real.”
Whether it is crafting someone’s wedding cake or creating the perfect birthday cupcakes for a child, Chanel said her goal is to provide a great family bakery to the community.
Cocoa Chanel Cakes is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and Chanel is available by appointment only Sunday and Monday, however, the dedicated baker said she is sometimes at the bakery after hours.
“If the light is on, come in,” Chanel said. “And if I don’t have it and you want it, ask me and I’ll make it.”
For more information about Chanel’s bakery visit http://cocoachanelcakes.com or call (513) 312-2375.