Chef Leah Stein, Cake Artist/Certified Culinarian

Since she was big enough to reach the mixer she has been baking yummy treats. Cookies, muffins, pies and cakes kept her busy as she grew. Hobby turned into profession and skills were honed at culinary school. Leah is a graduate of Schenectady County Community College Culinary Arts Program and is now a chef/instructor at her alma matter as well as owner and operator of Leah’s Cakery in Round Lake ( est. 2013 ). Baking was not her original professional path. She left the world of Environmental Education/Park Ranger to pursue her dream of being a baker. Her previous occupation gave her the teaching skills as well as a strong scientific background ( we all know baking is a science after all ). Add to that an artistic eye and the passion to play with her food, a cake artist is born!

Leah has over 10 years professional experience in baking and cake decorating. Take a trip back in time to her shop in the historic village of Round Lake, where her scratch bake shop is housed in the historic West Side General Store building. Leah can be found baking away in her artisan shop where everything is made with pure “Butter, Sugar, Floud and Love.” Her baking and decorating debut was with the former Queen of Tarts in Guilderland. She then blossomed as a cake artist at the Bread Basket Bakery in Saratoga, crafting wedding and special even cakes as well as creating large art sculpture pieces for fund raisers and galas. Presently Chef Leah can also be found in the Kitchen classroom at SCCC teaching students the foundations of baking and skills in cake decorating.

From the simple elegant to the whimsical carved and sculpted creation, Chef Leah definitely thinks outside the cake box. She has had cakes pictured in wedding magazines and has also had a couple of TV appearances. A few cakes have also appeared in local art shows, surprising many that it is not just a sculpture but a cake!