It’s been nearly seven years in the making and this May, well known pastry chef and cake magician Jessica Bouren opened up her own brick and mortar shop– Cake Ambition.

Bouren first went out into the professional world as an interior designer and while far away from home in Kentucky, she found herself homesick and baking regularly to keep herself busy. Women in her family had always baked as she was growing up, so it helped her feel closer to home. She was living on an army base at the time and she would bake pies, cakes and other pastries for co-workers and families in her area. She’s always been talented at art and she found herself designing and decorating cakes more and more and she kept getting better.

For a self-taught baker and a good one at that, Bouren worked as the executive pastry chef of The Whitney and she’s done pop-ups around Detroit for years. She’s had a four year presence at Traffic Jam & Snug and she’s been operating her cake decorating business for about seven years.

She’d been dreaming of opening her own place and one day, she drove down Third Street and saw a mint green storefront, looked into it, talked with the tenant next door and made it work, with the help of Midtown Inc. Bouren, her family and her friends went to work on the place and had it up and running in seven months.

“My whole passion is cakes which is why I decided to branch off and focus on that,” Bouren said. Decorating cakes takes her anywhere from seven hours to 55 hours, she said, and her favorite cakes to decorate are ones she can sculpt.

Bouren takes custom cake orders at Cake Ambition and can decorate your cake as intricately as you’d like it for your wedding or as goofy as you want it for your kid’s birthday party. She recently designed a basketball themed cake for Kevin Hart.

Using her interior design background, Bouren drew out how she wanted the place to look.

“To see my drawings come to life and be real is the most amazing thing,” Bouren said.

At the shop, she sells old fashioned candy, Detroit jams and other local goodies, Germack coffee, pastries, cheesecakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and more.

Stop in the shop from Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for treats and coffee and if you ever need a custom cake for an occasion, Bouren has got you covered.

Visit Cake Ambition at 4154 3rd Ave. and online at www.cakeambition.com. Follow Bouren and her cake adventures on Facebook here.

Erica N Rakowicz/After 5

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