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Sweet Cakes Bakery & Cafe

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Photobucket Sweet Cakes is an award-winning bakery located in a small town in southern Rhode Island. Owner Betsy Rosengarden started Sweet Cakes 10 years ago, in a somewhat run-down area, with a mission to provide quality products and a gathering place for local people. Betsy worked as a pastry chef in several cities, but owning her own bakery was a lifelong dream. Three years ago Sarah Patten Lioce, a chef and teacher, joined the business as co-owner. Sweet Cakes is a profitable corporation that has become a linchpin of the community; young people intern and work there, the bakery donates products and gift certificates to local causes and it helps to fund events such as the annual Peace Fair. Sweet Cakes has received 7 “Best of RI” awards, including one for their signature Chocolate Pudding Cake, which was voted “Best Chocolate Fix” in the state. The bakery is open 7 days a week, with organic coffee, morning pastry (including muffins, scones, & croissants), cookies, brownies as well as custom cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. For these women, freshness and quality are all-important, and they have made this the cornerstone of their business. After 10 years, however, the partners are ready for a new challenge, and came up with a novel way to sell their business: they will give it as a prize to the winner of an essay contest which runs from Jan 15 until May 15th 2010!