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Working with Children Takes the Cake

"The more you read the more things you will know; the more that you learn, the more places you'll go," Dr. Seuss.

Lisa Berger makes amazing cakes.

She is a cake artist. Cake decorating became her career when she graduated from culinary school and completed a master course at the Wilton School in Woodridge.

“I enjoy the artistic aspect of creating and decorating cakes” Berger said.

Berger worked in the cake industry for a while but it is now something she does in her spare time.

“My hobby is my side business; it’s 100 percent referral and I do for fun” she said.

She grew up in Minooka, and about 10 years ago, she aimed her creative spirit in a different direction. She took on the task of inspiring kids to read as she collaborates to create programming for children at all the Three Rivers Library branches.

“It’s great to work in a close-knit community where you can say hi to people by name on the street” Berger said. “Especially when a program goes successfully. I work very closely with the youth services director; we put a lot time and energy into planning our programming.

“I enjoy working with children.  They are always ready to have fun and can laugh at themselves. It warms a special spot in my heart when a little one gives me high five at the end of a program or gives me a hug before leaving. ''  

Balancing family and kids and, of course, all of the cake can get tricky and sticky, but Berger has a strong faith and a realistically refreshing look on how she handles it all.

“I suppose the one truth in life that gives me comfort/strength is that God can bring something good out of anything bad," she said.

"I live by the golden rule of treating others the way that I want to be treated and so I am not too good at beating around the bush.  People who know me would tell you that I read like a book, I am pretty straight forward - sometimes to a fault - and wear my emotions on my sleeve.”

To view some more of Lisa Berger’s work, visit the calendar of events at the Three Rivers Library online, or become a fan of the Library on Facebook where you can check out the cake photos as well.

Alisa May 15, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Lisa's work is amazing!!! It tastes better than any store bought cake and I can literally send her a picture that looks close to but not at all what I want with a rambly confusing explanation and when I get the finished product it is EXACTLY as I had pictured it in my mind! She is the only person who has ever done my daughters birthday cakes and we have used her for several other family and friend parties as well!
Dulcinea Hawksworth May 15, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Can Lisa make an Octopus cake for a birthday party? I'm in the market for one...
sam May 16, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Ha that`s my mom for ya, Lisa I mean! And I am certain she can make any kind of cake you want, mainly because she is amazing!! And no Mom I am not sucking up.
Lisa May 16, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Thanks so much for the kind words Alisa and Sam! Dulcinea...I can tell you that I have not ever DONE an octopus - but there has to be a first for each design, so I am game! You know how to reach me. :)
Marnie Stewart Warren August 29, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Love the cakes! I need a pirate cake rather soon, can you help me find the baker?

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