Starting again

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Jun 15, 2011 - 04:02 PM

Photo: Daniel Hogge, known as “The Cake Man,” left, Liz Hogge, known as “Mrs. Cake Man,” and five-year-old Simon Hogge, “our egg cracker,” are in the cake- and cookie-making business. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

Daniel Hogge, known as “The Cake Man,” left, Liz Hogge, known as “Mrs. Cake Man,” and five-year-old Simon Hogge, “our egg cracker,” are in the cake- and cookie-making business. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

Photo: Two of Cake Man's creations: representations of Lower United Methodist Church, and a cornucopia, all edible...

Two of Cake Man's creations: representations of Lower United Methodist Church, and a cornucopia, all edible...

When a Middlesex young man and a Mathews young girl were married 13 years ago, they had no idea their life would change so quickly and all for the better. Daniel and Liz Hogge own The Cake Man business located in Mathews.

"We’re now a well-oiled team," explained Daniel, "but back in December of 2010 when my job with Busch Gardens was terminated, we did a lot of praying and the prayers led us to doing what we had done for years, making cakes, but had only done so for our children, family and friends, a hobby of sorts. It took a little getting used to. We had always worked with a salary coming in each month. Now we were the salary-makers."

Both Daniel and Liz agree that it’s Daniel’s knowledge of construction that truly helps when it comes to designing cakes with intricate parts and designs, such as a replica of Rappahannock General Hospital. "That was the largest cake we’ve ever made. It was to serve 350 people. We made it here at home in sections and then put it together on arrival. The structure of a cake is very important. Everything on our cakes is edible, nothing is artificial, and we make it all ourselves. Transportation is important, so we deliver all our cakes and cookies."

Daniel uses a basic recipe for most cakes and they have created their own, especially for the fondant and butter cream icings they use. Now when an order for a pound cake is received, out comes his great-great-great-grandmother’s recipe. "My sisters are not interested in cooking so I inherited the recipe."