Baker's joy!

Every mama needs a creative outlet. 

For Ashley Stentz — who lives in Brooklyn Park and works (as director) at the Laurel Village New Horizon Academy in downtown Minneapolis — it’s making cakes for her friends and family, including her sons, Aiden, 5, and Connor, 1. 

Stentz learned to bake by watching her Finnish grandmother when she was little. She got into decorating when she worked at TCBY during high school and college.

“When our store manager went on vacation one summer, I volunteered to make the custom cakes and pies. They sold well and I never had an unhappy customer. Through special orders, I started brainstorming ideas of cakes I could make  — and, over the years, I’ve just continued to bring those ideas to life.”