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2019 Summer Classes and Camps

at the home of For Goodness Cakes

Do you have a budding pastry chef in your house?  If your child is obsessed with cooking, baking, creating (and making a mess in your kitchen!) send him or her to "Cakestravaganza Camp" for 4 days of fun in The Bakement, home of For Goodness Cakes (a.k.a. The Barksdale Residence in Cotswold neighborhood).

Each day we will bake something delicious and introduce your child to lifelong skills that can be used to make sweet, edible creations of their own.  We will focus on proper measuring, mixing and decorating techniques while allowing for the creative freedom that this age group craves.

Kids will enjoy a fun hands-on experience that may spark a lifelong love of baking! 

 NEW!  GLUTEN FREE OPTION FOR CAMPERS: Note the GF request at registration and add $10 per day of camp to payment.  All gluten free cakes will be baked ahead for your child to decorate and take home but they will participate in the baking of wheat flour cakes.
Class Description
Each day we will bake something delicious and introduce your child to lifelong skills that can be used to make sweet, edible creations of their own.  We will focus on proper measuring, mixing and decorating techniques while allowing for the creative freedom that this age group craves. 

Learn how to read recipes, measure ingredients and mix cake batter, and an introduction to pastry bag and piping skills.  Kids will decorate and go home with cupcakes iced in colorful buttercream flowers.
Learn the basics of working with chocolate. Bake mini chocolate tortes, learn to ice with white chocolate ganache, glaze with warm dark chocolate ganache and adorn them with modelling chocolate roses and leaves.  Save room for a decadent dessert on this night!
Learn how to color, shape, mold and cut out designs with fondant.  Each child will cover a real 6" cake with fondant and decorate it using fondant and edible paint.  They will also start to make plans for the big Cupcake Wars competition!
Just like the hit TV show, kids will team up and create their very own cupcake recipes and designs using the skills they learned at camp.  They will even get to decorate a special stand for their cupcakes to be displayed.  In celebration, we will have a (homemade!) pizza party and every child will get to taste each team's cupcakes.  Their special guests will arrive at the very end to judge cupcakes on best taste, appearance, originality and presentation.

JUNIOR CAKESTRAVAGANZA CAMP is for (rising) 1st graders to 4th graders, and is perfect for kids who love to use their hands, be creative and artistic, and have fun in the kitchen with friends.  Kids will get to learn about ingredients, the basics of measuring, mixing and baking, and of course lots of beginner decorating skills using both fondant and buttercream.  This camp is best suited for kids who have the interest, want to try new things and are able to sit still for long periods.  We will introduce your child to the wonderful world of cake in the most delicious and fun ways possible!


Minimum of 6 campers required and must be registered by 1 week before start of camp.
Cancellation Policy:
More than 2 weeks notice: Payment refunded or used as a credit toward future camp/class, minus $25.
Less than 2 weeks notice: Credit toward future camp/class, minus $25.
Less than 1 week notice: No refund or credit unless space is immediately filled.

Cake of the Month

75th anniversary cake for Christ Episcopal Church
300 servings, almond cake with buttercream icing and fondant for decor


“Your cake was FANTASTIC!!!!! My guests loved your cake; it was a big hit! Even my friends who are chefs, wanted seconds!!! THANK YOU! I look forward to using your services in the future, and if you ever need references, I would love to share how great your cake is and what a wonderful person you are to work with.”
-Marianne Brandwijk

“Just wanted to say thanks for the amazing cake this weekend! It was absolutely gorgeous. You are quite talented. Everyone loved it. I was very sad to cut into it because it was so cute, but glad I did because it tasted fabulous!”
-Jennifer Ricketts
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the delicious carrot cake . Not only was it delicious but it was absolutely beautiful! Actually, it was the hit of the luncheon! You have been so sweet and great to work with and I thank you for that! Hopefully, I will have an occasion to call you again soon! I will definitely spread the word!”
-Tara Johnson

“You are amazing. The cake was spectacular—just spectacular. Exactly what we had pictured. Simple and classic and absolutely delicious. We can’t thank you enough.”
-Susanne and Brooke Hawthorne
“Everyone RAVED over how delicious our wedding cake was...and I can't wait for 9/15/08 to eat it again! Thanks for all your work - it was wonderful!”
-Brooke Westmoreland “Thank you for the fabulous wedding cake. It was spectacular--both beautiful, amusing, and delicious. One could not ask for more! I cannot tell you all the wonderful comments we got on the cake, but suffice it to say that your ears should be burning with praise. Thank you so much, Haines, for so beautifully realizing Sasha and Alec's conception.”
-Eileen Paroff
“What can I say--Joe’s cake was amazing and I have NEVER had so many compliments! You did an amazing job and I cannot thank you enough! I am thrilled!”
-Terah Polite

“You are amazing! Would you believe there wasn’t a piece left? Thank you so much!”
-Susan and Stephen Kirk

Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes are the main focus of my business and therefore occupy most of my time. I book up quickly during the wedding season, so it is best to reserve the date on my calendar at least 6 months in advance. Prices start at $5/serving (minimum of $500 for orders placed more than 4 months in advance).  Please email or call me for more information and to set up a tasting.

These galleries are made up of photos of my work dating back to as far as 2004, and they are updated monthly.



Groom's Cakes

The groom's cake used to be considered a southern thing (think armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias), but now it is popular at weddings throughout the country. Usually served at the rehearsal dinner or an addition to the bride's wedding cake at the reception, it is most often playfully designed to match the groom's interests. It's a fun way to get the groom involved in wedding planning or it's the perfect surprise for him.  Pricing variable - minimum $500 for orders placed more than 4 months in advance.


Birthday Cakes

What's a birthday without a cake?
Chef's choice $75 minimum, custom designs start at $150.






Baby Cakes

After the wedding cake...


Chef's choice $75 minimum, custom designs start at $150.


Cupcakes are always fun and easy to serve. Any cake flavor can be made into a cupcake, and there are lots of fun ways to decorate them. Prices start at $2.50/ea for standard size (minimum order 2 dozen) and $15/doz for minis (minimum order 4 dozen) Cupcake tree rental - $10


Wedding Shower Cakes

....around the house....stock the luncheons....gardening....entertaining...favorite things…..
Chef's choice minimum $75, custom designs start at $150.


Miscellaneous Cakes

Weddings, birthdays, showers, babies, yada, yada, yada. There is so much more to celebrate in life.
chef's choice minimum $75, custom designs start at $150


HOMESTYLE CAKES - (no design or color, may include message, any flavor, rough icing) start at $35

Goodness Granola

It's healthy and delicious, and people can't get enough of my homemade Goodness Granola! This yummy concoction of oats and nuts is the perfect "pick-me-up" and makes a great gift.

Come by for a free sample or call to place an order!

Ingredients: Rolled oats, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sweetened dried cranberries, canola oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt

Price: $7/lb (1 cup = 4 oz)

Sold by weight in any amount.