Who wants cake?


Cake lovers, prepare to celebrate.

Starting next month, the YellowBird will be selling gorgeous cakes made by a small Louisiana bakery and delivered fresh to the new Bay cakery.

You may have gotten a taste of the delicious cakes at the recent Hancock Chamber Business After Hours. Samples were served by Hairworks, which used to occupy the yellow building at 402 Dunbar Ave. where the cakery will open. (Hairworks moved to 104 U.S. 90.)

YellowBird owner Michelle Briesacher is a teacher at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Chalmette, not far from the Flour Power Confectionary whose cakes she’ll be selling. “For years I talked to (owner Doyle Deforest) about letting me open something in the Bay to sell his cakes,” she said.

Before the storm, Michelle taught at Bay Catholic and was a regular customer at her friend Ruth Thompson’s Cakery on Court Street.

Michelle will be selling 20 different cakes, including carrot, chocolate mousse, fresh fruit, white chocolate strawberry shortcake and red velvet, all made fresh daily by Flour Power. Customers will be able to special order cakes or just drop by the YellowBird to see what’s available.

The cake menu offers combinations of flavors, mostly in six layers, with tasty fillings including almond cream, icings like rich milk chocolate ganache and garnishes of toasted almonds or gold dusted chocolate fleur-de-lis.

strawcrmcheebavar 2Behold the resume of the top-selling Strawberry Cream Cheese Bavarian: Rich cream cheese and whole strawberries, layered between white cake and strawberry marmalade, iced with butter icing and garnished with fresh strawberries.

But wait, there’s more.

Michelle wants to add pound cakes, cookies, dessert bars and homemade breads from Flour Power’s kitchen. “It’s going to be a bakery and a sweet boutique,” Michelle said. There will be handmade cake platters, gift baskets and more treats as the cakery evolves.

It’s a venture that Michelle believes was “meant to be.” She had been looking for retail space to rent for a year when she spotted a small newspaper ad for the building on Dunbar. The house, she later found out, was built in 1909 by a gentleman named August Ivy who was, coincidentally enough, a baker. “That blew my mind,” Michelle said when she discovered Ivy’s occupation. “He called the house YellowBird so that’s what we’re going to call the bakery. It’s phenomenal to connect the dots.”

Michelle, who lives in Waveland and has nine children ages 29 to 6, said she knows a bit about birthday cakes and how well cakes sweeten all sorts of celebrations from birthdays and weddings to small gatherings. “It’s what community is all about,” she said. “Cake and friends.”

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