Sue Jacobs Cakes was born in Idaho in the 1980's by none other than...Sue Jacobs. Creating custom cakes for brides for that many years, Sue saw the trends come & go. In 2010, Sue & her husband Greg moved to Arizona, bringing her passion & creativity with her. Since then, Sue Jacobs Cakes has become one of the most sought after wedding cake designers in the East Valley.
Fast forward to 2022...wanting to spend more time with her kids & grandkids, Sue decided to step back & brought on Pastry Chef Erica Bentson to help take the lead.
Erica brings over 25 years experience with her. Starting from a young age, Erica was passionate about baking and patisserie. She began by decorating cakes for friends and family in her teens. In April of 1993 she began her classical training at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. Graduating in 1994, she then moved to Hawaii to begin her career at the Grand Wailea Resort as a pastry cook. Honing her skills there for over a year, Erica then traveled to Europe where she took some time to travel the continent. While traveling abroad, she was privileged to attend Le Cordon Bleu's Patisserie program in London, England. Graduating with Honors, she was asked to stay on and pursue her education by becoming an instructor’s assistant.
Upon her return to Portland, Erica was finally able to attain her dream of owning her own business. Finales-Fine Cakes & Desserts was born in a small commissary kitchen in Portland's SE Industrial District in February, 2003. Building upon her cake decorating skills, she quickly became one of Portland's preferred wedding cake vendors. While building the wedding cake business, she also began to grow a thriving wholesale base.
Finales' wholesale business continues to flourish to this day however in June, 2017 Erica handed over the keys to the new owner. After 14 years, she took a long overdue sabbatical over several months, reflecting and planning for the future.
In May of 2019, Erica 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, Erica's restless spirit grew and she decided to make an even bigger move. In April of 2022, she packed up everything and made her way to Arizona. After just a short time, she realized she wanted to make this her new home and joined forces with Sue in Sue Jacobs Cakes.