Claudette Jefferson, owner of The Cake Lady, began her business over 20 years ago in a pretty unusual way. She didn't go to culinary school. She didn't study business. She didn't even know how to make the caramel frosting that she later became famous for. She was a bank manager, a wife, a mother of four children, and a social butterfly who sold crystal stemware in her spare time. One day while hosting a party she made a cake to show off the crystal cake plate she was selling and to her surprise her guests were more interested in buying the pound cake than the glassware. When she started getting more cake orders than requests to purchase her crystal she decided to switch directions.

She began selling whole cakes from home to neighbors and friends from church, eventually selling slices to local hair salons. Old fashion pound, yellow chocolate, and coconut pineapple were the headliners. The caramel took lots of practice, prayer, and patience to perfect. When the demand of baking got to much for her home kitchen to supply she decided to find a location to bake full time. She opened her bakery on W.McNichols in Detroit gaining a loyal customer base strictly through word of mouth. 20 years later Claudette continues to serve homemade classic cakes. Simple delicious recipes always freshly prepared.

Claudette was born and raised in Detroit. Her mother Irene was also a great cook and baker. Her husband of 36 years, James works with her at the bakery. In her spare time she enjoys going to church and cooking for her family which includes her four children and ten grandchildren.










CIRCA 2006