Pueblo West Company Turns Drinking Cakes into Unique Gifts
Everyone has a friend or relative who’s impossible to surprise with a gift, so a retired teacher from Pueblo West has come up with gifts she can personalize to suit anyone.
Cheri Marten retired in June after 19 years of teaching at Desert Sage Primary School in Pueblo West and decided to turn her hobby into a business by starting I’m going to drink this “Cakes. ”
She bakes the “cakes” using any drink in a bottle or can, which she creatively stacks into three-tiered shapes that become both an unusual gift, a centerpiece, and a refreshment.
It all started when she was looking for something unique for a neighbor. She spotted a “cake” kit online, but realized with the help of her expert woodcutting husband Scott that she could make her own cakes without the kits.
Although she taught at all levels except Kindergarten and Grade 3 during her 26-year teaching career, Marten never majored in art. But growing up in a smart family gave her the tools she needed to decorate cakes.
Each cake has custom cut wood that provides support for each layer, which Marten then spray paints and uses to assemble the cakes using 24 boxes or bottles of the customer’s choice.
Then she lights the hot glue gun and adds ribbons, decorations, and more.
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The results are unforgettable. Even after all the drinks have been consumed, there is a treasured keepsake – a Christmas tree ornament, toy, or small artistic sign that can be kept as a reminder of the occasion. Another unique part of the giveaway is that $ 1 of each cake is donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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“It’s close and dear because we have had friends and family who committed suicide – one was a very good friend of ours who was 17 years old. We do the Suicide Prevention Walk (fundraiser) every year and have donated to that for several years, ”Marten said.
After the first cake she made for her neighbor, Marten made several more for friends and family who suggested the gifts would be a great idea for a business.
“I was retired and wanted something to do, so that’s how it started,” she said. “The original intention was to make alcoholic cakes with beer and mixed drinks, but I also had a lot of interest in children’s parties, so I made them with Gatorade and soda and recently I made a baby shower cake out of jars of baby food. ”
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“If someone is sick, we could make soup cans. I can just do whatever’s in a box, jar, or bottle, ”Marten said. “I have lots of ideas and the possibilities are endless.
Each board purchased by the couple is enough to bake about 10 cakes. Stakes are placed at the bottom of the cake so that they are easier to pick up and carry.
Marten is in the process of obtaining a liquor license pending a hearing on December 13. In the meantime, customers bring her the alcoholic drinks that she turns into special gifts for $ 50. Each cake takes approximately three hours to assemble and is then picked up by the customer at their store at 359 E. Enterprise Drive, Suite 9.
Marten also creates and donates the centerpieces for fundraisers. She estimates that she bakes 10 cakes per month, but wants to expand her business to the point of baking 10 to 15 cakes per week.
“Everyone drinks something, even if it’s water, I can make a cake with water bottles,” she laughs.
When she obtains the liquor license, Marten can begin to do a ready-to-buy inventory. Until then, she meets customers at the store by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling or texting Marten at 719-250-6490.
Examples of her work can be seen on her I will drink from this Facebook page “Cakes”.