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Art You Can Eat: Polly's Cakes


From a small Hood River bakery, Polly Schoonmaker designed and baked cakes that are as whimsical as they are delicious. 

Schoonmaker’s first degree is in art history, so it’s not wonder that impressionist paintings and pastry cases occupied the same space in her mind for years.

After graduating from college, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to work as a chef. However, the sketchbooks she kept of what cakes could look like loomed larger over time, and Schoonmaker eventually moved to New York to study at the renowned Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School.

In 1993 Polly moved back to Portland, Oregon, to form Polly’s Cakes. Her fresh outlook and original designs have attracted national media attention throughout the years, and her scrumptious sculptures set the wedding world on its ear.

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