Taking the cake

Minnesota cake artist wins prizes with confectionery creations

Han Dougan puts the finishing touches on a cake that she created for a fiftieth wedding anniversary from her Ada, MN, cake business. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Han Dougan puts the finishing touches on a cake that she created for a fiftieth wedding anniversary from her Ada, MN, cake business. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Dougan, who moved from California to Minnesota seven years ago, was inspired by the TV show "Cake Boss."

ADA, Minn. — Art brush in hand, Han Dougan delicately brushes a coat of gold icing over a cupid on a cake she created for an upcoming 50th anniversary celebration.

The white layer cake is decorated with gold cupids atop columns, swirls and 16 red roses, handmade from frosting. It's one of more than 100 creations the Ada cake artist has made during the last several years.

Dougan began making cakes seven years ago after she and her husband, Bruce, moved to Ada from California. She was watching an episode of the television show “Cake Boss,” when she thought to herself “I can do this,” Dougan said.

And making cakes fit in with her plan to start a home-based business, she said.

Dougan taught herself the art by watching "Cake Boss," along with simple trial and error. When she was satisfied she had developed expertise, she began selling the cakes. She makes the cakes for a variety of celebrations, including anniversaries, weddings and birthdays.

“She’s done them for a 100-year-old and a 1-year-old,” Bruce Dougan said.

Her cakes have featured intricately made flowers , carousels and life-like replicas of people.

“I like sculpting faces and people,” Dougan said.

Customers typically give her a general idea and then she brainstorms ways to make them into cakes. 

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