NEW PALESTINE — When Jovanna Hinkle opened her bakery back in August of 2015, it was meant to be a part-time business, one to satisfy a creative flair.
The idea was to put the product out there and see what people thought, she said.
Turns out, customers think quite highly of The Cakehole, which serves custom wedding cakes, cookies and more.
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The business recently was recognized as the best in its category by Indy A List, a service recognizing the top businesses and places in and around Indianapolis, based on more than 80,000 votes from local experts, according to indyalist.cityvoter.com.
They received a certificate from the Indy A List for the first place honor and plan to display it proudly at The Cakehole.
In addition to wedding, birthday and specialty cakes, they make other custom confections. They also operate a custom food truck and sell cupcakes, cookies and more during events around New Palestine and Hancock County.
The Cakehole, 18 W. Main St., Suite B, New Palestine, was rated No. 1 under the best wedding cakes section, one of 17 different categories for wedding businesses in and around the Indianapolis area.
“When I saw that my business was voted number one, I literally could not believe it,” Jovanna said. “That’s pretty amazing being a part-time business and from a small town.”
Jovanna, 35, has been in the business of baking specialty hand-crafted cakes and desserts for several years. With the help of her mother, Darlene McCamey, they opened up The Cakehole nearly two years ago.
Before and since the business opened, Jovanna, a mother of two young boys, had been recognized by the Indy A List for her creative cake work but had never finished higher than second place on the Indy A List rankings.
The first-place honor was unexpected and welcomed.
“What makes this such a cool honor is it’s from the whole Indianapolis area,” her mom said.
Jovanna and her mom point at each other when asked who gets the most credit for making the part time business such a major success.
The pair sponsor events in and around New Palestine. Plus, Jovanna and her mother said they are always open to giving advice and helping other wedding cake designers learn the ropes.
They’ve even hired an intern, a high school student who is trying to learn about the cake-baking business. The young baker has helped carry the load during the busy spring wedding and graduation season.
“It’s important for us to support our community and the other businesses and vendors in our area,” Jovanna said. “As much as we’d like, we can’t do every wedding in Indiana.”
The Cakehole Bakery is located at 18 W. Main St., Suite B, New Palestine. For more information, visit thecakehole.net or facebook.com/thecakehole.