Pohlman's Cakes History
My belief is that once you get frosting under your nails, it goes into your blood stream and you are addicted. I started out playing at home, decorating my children's birthday cakes, and made my grandparents 50th Anniversary Cake in 1968. I bought my first Wilton year book in 1969, borrowed a Maid of Scandinavia catalogue from a friend, and subscribed to Mail Box news that same year.
I read about classes, enrolled in my first professional class in 1972, and became certified to teach the art that same year in vocational schools. I studied South African wing work (Betty Newman May); Lambeth-over piping (Edith Gates); English Encasment (Betty Newman May); Mexican Gumpaste ( Josepha Barloco); English Gumpaste Flowers, European Rolled Fondant, Embroidery, extension work, and Ruffles (Geraldine Randlesom);
Rolled Fondant and Embroidery (Beverly Knectenhofer); American Figure Piping, 3-D figure piping and Sculpturing (Roland Windbeckler); 3-D Figure piping (John McNamara); Butter Cream Flowers (Roland Winbeckler); Butter Cream Flowers (Fran Ranigal); American Rolled Butter Cream, Chocolate Work, Rolled-Poured-Curling and Molding Chocolate, Lace, Flowers and Bows from Internationally Recognized Cake Artists at the ICES Convention. I have received many ribbons and several sweepstakes awards at the Missouri State Fair, and have judged several large cake shows.
We opened a state inspected shop in our home in 1975 on our farm south of Columbia at Wooldridge, MO, and then expanded to a Columbia, MO store front in 1979 with cake supplies for the classes we taught. I taught Columbia Adult Education for 13 years, Boonville Vocational school 6 years, Jefferson City Parks and Rec. 4 years, Sedalia 2 years, and 4-H for 20 years. In 1988 we moved our shop 5 doors up in the same plaza to 3000 square feet so we could increase our inventory to include balloons and balloon decorating plus wedding accessories.
We decorated cakes and catered weddings complete with hors d'oeuvres and full meals. My husband Wilbur is always beside me, helping and encouraging. We discontinued catering on a full scale basis in 1999, but continue to do some corporate catering of retirements, etc. My decorating was a savior for our nearly 500 acres of farm ground. Wilbur is a Polled Hereford Breeder, and is semi-retired now.
I continue to attend International ICES (International Cake Exploration Society) Seminars which I am a 24 year member. I attend classes on a regular basis to further my knowledge. My love of the art has inspired our three children to become professional decorators as well. Our Daughter Alicia Russell retired from 15 years of teaching school to run her home based business Creative Confections, and care for her five children in Brooklyn, WI. Our youngest, Janella Spencer of Aurora MO, does cakes for friends and family along with being county health nurse. Our son Tim lives in Columbia and is employed full time by the City as energy technician. He delivers and sets up all the wedding cakes I make, and his two small daughters go along to open doors. I continue to share my knowledge to inspire others in regularly scheduled classes taught at Pohlman's.
I am so thankful that I was able to stay home with my three children until they were nearly grown. All are happily married with children - ten of them altogether. Had I known being a Grandma was so much fun I would have skipped right to that.
Tim and I both demonstrate at the international convention. Tim also creates and manufactures Silicone molds used for making fondant pieces, chocolate pieces and soap. The Grandchildren are growing up and starting to run the cash register at the shop.
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