Last October, Celebrity Cake Studio announced it was about to move to a new home near its longtime Freighthouse Square location - and now the move is complete. The bakery known for elaborate wedding cakes and fondant party cakes has a new stand-alone storefront at 314 E. 26th St. If you're familiar with the Tacoma Dome neighborhood - that's near Friesenburgers. This is the bakery's second week operating at its new location.
Bakery owner Odette D’Aniello continues to offer a display case with sweet treats at the bakery - including my favorite cupcake in town, the pink champagne with raspberry buttercream frosting. If you're stopping by, you can pick up cake pops, brownies, petits fours, cookies and cupcakes.
D’Aniello has a long history of cake decorating here – she’s operated Celebrity Cake Studio since 2004. Before coming to Tacoma, she owned a bakery in Lacey, which she opened in 1999. She bought the Freighthouse bakery after the owner passed away and decided to merge the two bakery names into one - the Celebrity Cake Studio.
D’Aniello’s lifelong work in bakeries started when she was in grade school working in the family bakery in Guam.
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“Me and my cousins were the bread slicers. We had to wear our Catholic school uniforms and slice bread, and I would go to the cake decorating room because it was air conditioned and I taught myself to decorate cakes. … I got into trouble because I would sneak in and learn to write with the icing. Then they figured out I was the fastest cake decorator, so they moved me there” to be one of the cake decorators, D’Aniello said in a phone interview when I interviewed her about her new bakery last October.
College called and she attended the University of Arizona. After earning her teaching degree, she returned to Guam, where she met her husband, a Connecticut native who was teaching there. After five years, D’Aniello gave up teaching and returned to cake decorating. Eventually, the couple followed a family member who moved here and made their home in Lacey.
Celebrity Cake StudioWhere: 314 E. 26th St., TacomaContact: 253-627-4773 or www.celebritycakestudio.com