Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
NOW, MORE THAN EVER...
Story by Tina Hennigar
By the time you read this story, Lunenburg Rum Cakes
e-commerce store will be open and taking orders. I spoke with owner, Sarah Batten from Spectacle Lakes, when she was only days away from the launch. She was full of nervous excitement. Would people order her cakes online? Would the site she’d been working on be functional? One thing was certain: opening up an online boutique store was the right model for her business, especially when opening it during a pandemic. As she talked about her rum cakes and chocolate bark, Sarah had me sold! I set a reminder in my calendar for her store’s launch.
Sarah had done her research, learning every aspect of her business. Sarah’s Lunenburg Rum Cakes was born after studying tourism, then Pastry Arts, and most recently, a business course, all at Nova Scotia Community College. Her cakes will be a sweet souvenir, perfect for visitors to take home after a visit to Lunenburg and help celebrate Lunenburg rum-running history.
Sarah’s love of Lunenburg inspired her to pay homage to this town. Lunenburg Rum Cakes and chocolate bark feature local products and promote local streets in Lunenburg. The rum is from Iron Works Distillery, the cranberries in the bark are from Terra Beata Cranberries, even the salt is from South Shore Sea Salt. The packaging and labelling honour the local community as well.
“I have a real sweet tooth,” Sarah said about creating the cakes and the bark. She comes from a long line of bakers, first being exposed to the craft in her grandmother’s kitchen. It was after taking Pastry Arts that she learned her interest was more in the baking than in the decorating.
Someone eating one of her rum cakes will experience a texture similar to a pound cake, very moist thanks to the simple syrup made with rum that she applies when the cake comes from the oven. And while Sarah hopes anyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy her cakes, what she wants people to enjoy most is the sharing.
“I come from a large family, and I hope people will enjoy my cakes while chatting with their family, laughing and sipping some tea,” just as Sarah enjoys them with her husband, James. “He’s really good at selling my cakes,” She laughed. “And he’s a great taste-tester too.”
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