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Sue Jacobs Cakes is now Whisk & Paddle Bakeshop!

My name is Erica Bentson and I bring over 25 years’ experience with me to Whisk & Paddle Bakeshop. From a young age, I was passionate about baking and cake decorating. I began by decorating cakes for friends and family in my teens. In April of 1993 I began my classical training at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. Graduating in 1994, I then moved to Hawaii to begin my career at the Grand Wailea Resort as a pastry cook. After honing my skills there for over a year, I then traveled the continent of Europe. While traveling abroad, I was privileged to attend Le Cordon Bleu's Patisserie program in London, England, graduating with Honors and an offer to stay and continue as an instructor’s assistant.

Upon my return to Portland, I was finally able to attain my dream of owning my own business. Finales-Fine Cakes & Desserts was born in a small commissary kitchen in Portland's SE Industrial District in February, 2003. Building upon my cake decorating skills, I quickly became one of Portland's preferred wedding cake vendors. While building the wedding cake business, I also began to grow a thriving wholesale base.

Finales' wholesale business continues to flourish to this day, though under a new owner as of June, 2017. In May of 2019, I accepted the Pastry Chef position at the Facebook Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, making the move over the mountains to Central Oregon. After a couple years there, my restless spirit grew and I decided to make an even bigger move. In April of 2022, I packed up everything and made my way to Arizona.

Keeping in my family tradition of being an entrepreneur, I purchased Sue Jacobs Cakes in June of 2022 and, over the next year, transformed it into what is now Whisk & Paddle Bakeshop. A finalist in Arizona Bride’s Best of 2023 in only its first year, I am excited to continue to grow and develop Whisk & Paddle into the best place for cakes and desserts that Arizona has to offer.

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What is the starting price for wedding cakes with buttercream frosting (per slice, without tax)?


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Which of the following are included in the cost of the cake?

Top Tier of the Cake

What is the starting price for cupcakes (per cupcake, without tax)?


What services do your prices include?

Custom Cake Design
Set Up
Tastings - Open House
Tastings - Private

What types of desserts do you provide?

Dessert Buffet
Groom's Cake

What services do you provide?

Custom Design
Tastings - Open House
Tastings - Private

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free

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Are you licensed by the state health department?

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Brittany H. Married on 12/31/2022
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Sleek Cake for New Year's Eve Garden Wedding

Great flavors, fast to respond, great service!
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Bride: @britt_halpin
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Kendra C. Married on 11/20/2022
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Delicious Desserts

Whisk & Paddle put together the best dessert bar we could have chosen and it was all delicious! We especially loved our lemon poppy seed cake and everyone was crazy about the cannolis. We will definitely order from Whisk & Paddle for another occasion!
Kristine M. Married on 11/05/2022
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Deliciously Perfect

It was such a blessing when our wedding venue had us choose from 2 bakeries as part of the package they offered. Not only did we end up with an amazing cake but we didn't even have to do any of the work of finding this fantastic bakery! The cake was perfectly simplistic on the outside and absolutely delicious on the inside with a different flavor for each tier. The additional cannolis we also ordered were so good. They even asked how heavy our topper was and added extra supports to make sure it was supported, something I wouldn't have even thought about!
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The Wedding Ambassador The Wedding Ambassador Wedding Planners

Sue Jacobs Cakes - are always good! I know I count on Sue to deliver quality, beautiful and yummy cake!! Her talent enables her to create diverse and beautiful designs customized to fit the client's vision and style!

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Sue always makes incredible and delicious cakes! Never fails!

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As a bridal boutique owner, I have the opportunity to see brides before they really do much of their wedding planning. I also have the pleasure of being able to refer vendors I know and respect. Sue Jacobs is one of them. She is professional, kind, considerate and needless to say, her cakes are delicious! She has a great reputation in our wedding industry and is definitely well liked. I highly recommend her!

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