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Custom cake maker Irina’s Gourmet Bakery reopens retail shop in Overland Park

Updated: 2013-07-17T20:42:57Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Custom cake maker Irina Yefremov is back in the retail business.

Her Irina’s Gourmet Bakery opened this week in the Stoll Park Retail & Professional Center, 11902 W. 119th St., Overland Park, just west of Quivira Road.

The shop sells such goodies as key lime tarts, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate mousse, cupcakes, cannoli, orange almond biscotti, blueberry raspberry muffins, cherry currant scones, and breads like challah and eight grain.

But she still specializes in custom cakes for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, and other celebrations, or just for no reason at all but to take home something sweet.

She considers her cakes “art pieces” and is known for her bride’s dress shaped cakes. But she also has created cakes from dogs to dinosaurs, a violin cake for a musician’s birthday, a jet fighter plane for a boy’s birthday, even a pregnant belly cake for a baby shower.

Yefremov, a native of the Ukraine, relocated to the Kansas City area more than two decades ago when her husband transferred for his company. She couldn’t find a position in her computer programming field, but friends in the Jewish community in Johnson County helped her land a job as a baker at the Leawood Hen House and later she became a bakery manager for the company.

After a decade there she was ready to go out on her own, opening Irina’s Gourmet Bakery in Leawood in late 2005. In 2008 she relocated to Overland Park and just concentrated on her custom cake business.

“I used to offer breakfast and lunch and the cake business but the cake business really took off. Then when I went to just the cake business my customers wanted me to go back to retail,” she said.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC.

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