The Cake Mom & Co. started out as just ‘The Cake Mom’ in 2009 from a home kitchen based in Sikeston, Missouri. Both of our bakers acquired a love of cake decorating over the years. Best friends since birth, when Jennifer needed extra help in 2012, Emily came on board the team. Now Jennifer and Emily both run The Cake Mom & Co.

Above: Jennifer with her first official cake order in 2009.

Below: Jennifer on WPSD talking about changes needed to the cottage food law in Kentucky. This law was changed with Jennifer’s help in 2018.


Above: Jennifer’s daughter, Penelope, with her 3rd birthday cake made by mom.

Jennifer Lopez is founder of The Cake Mom & Co.  Jennifer gained national attention for her advocacy work to change Kentucky’s home baking laws, which previously made it illegal for home bakers to sell their goods. She was featured in various news outlets, including Forbes, for her successful efforts to change these laws and help empower other home bakers to start their own business.


As the founder of The Cake Mom & Co., Jennifer is known for her creativity and talent in baking. Her cakes are known for their beautiful designs and delicious flavors. She is passionate about supporting other home bakers and sharing her knowledge and expertise with others.

Jennifer started baking and decorating in January of 2006. Her first cake was for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. After that she was hooked! Jennifer is self-taught and has been a cake artist for 16 years. Jennifer prefers to work with fondant and modeling chocolate. She loves cakes that pose a challenge, whether it is a bicycle with a structure made from PVC pipes, or a hyper-realistic food cake. Jennifer lives in Paducah, Kentucky with her husband and five children.

“I was always fascinated with cake, even as a young child. My family would order our cakes from a lady named Fern. I will never forget the cheese burger cake she made, I thought it was amazing! When I got married I always made sure my husband had a birthday cake. At that point in time I knew very little about cake design and thought the best decorations I could buy came from off the baking isle at the grocery store.


Then in 2006, cake decorating shows became all the rage, and they were such an inspiration to me. In 2007 I purchased my first shaped cake pan and made my daughter her 2nd birthday cake, it was Dora the Explorer. After making her cake I was hooked, and a month later I made a 16″ fondant covered cake for a graduation party. From that point on at every birthday for one of my children I made a cake, and I kept trying to push my cake decorating limits to see what I could accomplish.


In mid 2009 I entered the Saint Francis Medical Center baking competition and won second place in the cake division. In October 2009, at the urging of good friends, The Cake Mom opened for business. The cake is the centerpiece and most important part of any good party. My goal is to make quality cakes that not only look spectacular but also taste delicious as well.”

In 2017, Jennifer set out to help change Kentucky’s cottage food law to allow anyone to bake from home. She established the Kentucky Home Bakers, started a petition, and worked closely with the Institute for Justice. WPSD featured my story, thanks to Brianna Clark, and the story went Nation wide! In 2018 House Bill 263 was filed by Representative Richard Heath, and on April 2nd was signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin! Outside of cake decorating her hobbies are weightlifting and doodling on her iPad. You can follow her personal Instagram here.


Emily teamed up with Jennifer in 2012 and they became The Cake Mom & Co. Emily started baking and decorating in July of 2007, when she started with a Wilton cake decorating course. In addition to being a talented cake artist, Emily also works as the Marketing Manager for Recruiters Websites. Emily lives in Kelso, Missouri with her husband and two children.

“My favorite part of cake has always been the icing. Ever since I was a kid, I would eat the cake first and leave the icing for last. When I decided on a whim to take a Wilton cake decorating course in 2007, I had no idea it would lead to so much more. Tons of butter and powdered sugar later, here I am!


I love working with various icing and cake flavor combinations to make new, exciting and exceptional cakes for my clients.


My newest obsessions are airbrushing, gumpaste flowers and 3D carving. I enjoy improving my skills and learning new techniques, which is why this hobby-turned-business has completely sucked me in!”

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