Local cake shop owner speaker at DuBocage ABWA meeting

Margaret Pace-Smith, owner of Unique Cakes by Ms. Margaret, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the DuBocage American Business Women’s Association held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Pace-Smith was born in Ladd, the youngest of 10 children. She came to Pine Bluff when she was 18 years old and has four children of her own and 10 grandchildren.

She found she has a natural God-given talent for decorating cakes when a 3-year-old niece asked her to copy a wedding cake she had seen. Starting with only four flavors, Pace-Smith now has 59 flavors of cakes. In the three years she has been in business, she estimates she has make at least 800 cakes in shapes from Sponge Bob to an SUV or Nike shoes.

She also makes cupcakes. She started making cupcakes with the leftover cake batter, now she is known around town as the cupcake lady. Any of her specialty cupcakes can be made into a full sized cake. She bakes fresh every day beginning at 4 a.m.

Unique Cakes by Ms. Margaret is located at 1520 Main St., and is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

During the business meeting, President Joyce Ann Green introduced two guests — Pam Lohnes and Karen Cash. She also announced the Woman of the Year Committee as Mary Baxter, Ruth Morris and Donna Renfro.

A Woman of the Year is nominated from the membership by letter to the committee as someone who has contributed to the chapter by serving as an officer or on committees or contributed in other ways. The Woman of the Year Committee will pick three letters to be voted on by all of the past Women of the Year at an annual luncheon. The new Woman of the Year will be announced at the January chapter meeting.

The December meeting will be the chapter’s Christmas Party. Members will exchange Christmas ornaments with a monetary value between $10 and $15. There will be a voluntary monetary charity collection for the Angel Tree fund.

Baxter, Ways and Means chairman, reported that 1,008 pounds of pecans had been ordered. She has 282 pounds that have not been pre-sold.

Mary Coburn won the dollar pot. Cash, Lohnes and Judy Kittler won door prizes. The birthday gifts were won by Coburn, Christy Bush and Green.