Lindsay and Joy Funk bake their cake and sell it too.

MERCHANT OF COOL: Lighthouse Cake Company

Making 3D cakes is one of their favourite parts of the job and they have created everything from cake cars to a cake crib to a cake unicorn.

Normally breaking into the cake business wouldn’t be done on a whim, but that’s exactly how Joy and Lindsay Funk of Lighthouse Cake Company started their sweet adventure.

“A friend said ‘Do you know there’s a bakery for sale down the road?’” Joy said. “Within a few days we had bought the bakery.”

“We just basically came home from work one day and decided to buy a bakery,” Lindsay said. “It was something that we maybe talked about once or twice.”

The couple has owned the store since 1998, continuing as a bakery before deciding to focus on cakes, a decision spurred by the market.

“The cakes seemed to do way better than the bread,” Lindsay said.

“It’s more of our passion too,” Joy added.

Making sculpted 3D cakes is one of their favourite parts of the job and they have created everything from cake cars to a cake crib to a cake unicorn.

The store makes about 200 cakes on average per week, selling about half of those on Saturday alone. The show Cake Boss has generated an increased interest in custom sculpted cakes, the Funks say.

“People seem to get excited when you start talking about cake,” Lindsay said.

Being a part of so many families’ traditions is among the joys of the work.

“It’s fun when you see pictures of people posted on Facebook after the cake’s part of their celebration,” Joy said. “It’s part of their pictures and their memories. It’s definitely satisfying that way.”

 

Just Posted

Pet-A-Palooza a good reason to ‘pawse’ this weekend in Victoria

Puppies, goats, wiener dog races and more on the grounds of St. Ann’s Academy Aug. 18-19

UVic art display showcases craft of bookmaking

Art of the Book 2018 is in the Audain Gallery at UVic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Aug. 11

Celebrate local food with Feast of Fields in North Saanich

21st Feast of Fields on Vancouver Island is at Kildara Farms on Aug. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.

RIFFLANDIA: Local artists thrive under festival model

Bands like Current Swell, one of the 2018 headliners, made their mark at RAP

Baseball’s HarbourCats wind up WCL season with loss to Pickles

Victoria needed a win to make the league playoffs, now looks ahead to 2019

VIDEO: Huge crowd celebrates Sunfest opening night with Canyon, Pritchett in Lake Cowichan

Plenty to enjoy as Sunfest Country Music Festival opened, and lots of folks came out to do so

REVIEW: Ever wanted to be young again? Theatre Skam’s Concord Floral will make you think again

Strong acting in an interesting theatre space, writes Sheila Martindale

Brad Pitt says he has given Jolie Pitt millions since split

Actor Brad Pitt denies Angelina Jolie Pitt’s claim that he has paid no meaningful child support.

WINE LOVERS UNITE: Victoria festival offers numerous tasting options

Parkside Hotel and Spa hosting Victoria International Wine Festival

Farquhar Auditorium updates image for 40th season

The Farquhar at UVic ushers in new season Sept. 22

THEATRE SKAM: Young cast brings Concord Floral to life in vacant downtown retail space

Former office supply store a unique venue for telling mysterious tale of youth with secrets

Schedule released for world junior hockey championship in B.C.

Vancouver and Victoria ready to host, as Canada conducts training camp in Kamloops

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy visits Prospect Lake

Power To Be annual fundraiser event brings in big personalities

Bard Across the Bridge brings ‘The Tempest’ seaside

Stage set for classic Shakespeare tale in Saxe Point Park this week

Most Read