It all started in the kitchen when I was a little girl. I was always helping my mother make cookies and desserts, and one year wanted to make a lamb cake for Easter. It was the coolest thing we had ever made and I was hooked! My mom saw how much I loved it and gave me a large cake decorating set from Wilton. I would practice making roses for hours.
Over the years I would occasionally make cakes for friends and family. My first “professional” job was for my brother Erik’s wedding in 2001. Soon thereafter, people started hiring me to do their cakes and so TotallyBaked.com was born. However, making cakes was only part of what I wanted to do.
After experimenting with candy recipes, I decided to give some as Christmas gifts to my co-workers. Everyone told me that it was the best candy they had ever tasted and that I should sell the stuff! I thought “What a great idea!” Those recipes turned into the Almond Toffee and Caramels with Pecans (Now called Heavenly Clusters) that I sell today.
With the encouragement of my husband, Thomas, in 2008 I started Amy Peterson Chocolates and began working out of a bakery in Westchester, Illinois. In the spring of 2009, we moved closer to home and into a wonderful bakery in New Lenox, Illinois by the name of The Cake Box. A few years spent there gave me the courage and ambition to finally get my own place, so in 2011 I opened my own shop in the Frankfort Square area of Frankfort, Illinois.
In January, 2013 we will continue to make all our products out of the current location, but we’ll close the retail storefront in favor of our new online store. A few local merchants in the Frankfort area will also start carrying our products, so that’s exciting as well. Which reminds me… sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be kept in the loop on where you can purchase all our treats, when we’re unveiling brand new confections, etc.
You can also find us at a variety of arts & crafts shows and farmers markets. Check out our Upcoming Events section, and if you’re in the area, please stop by and say “Hello!”
I am working hard to make my dream a reality by making my chocolates & confections fabulous!
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I truly appreciate your business.
~ Amy Peterson