Blogger Spotlight: CakeSpy
August 26th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Jessie Oleson, of CakeSpy
Where: Seattle, Washington
Twitter: @CakeSpy

As the Head Spy at a dessert detective agency, my most frequently asked question is "what, exactly, do you do?"

Well, basically it's my job to seek out and share sweetness with the world - and on my site, CakeSpy, this comes in form of sweet recipes, baking experiments (and occasional mischief), bakery reviews and baked good lore - all punctuated by my sweet watercolor paintings of anthropomorphic foodstuffs.

It all started a few years ago when I was working as an art director at a refrigerator magnet company (no, really). While I loved working in the arts, I felt that it wasn't feeding all of my interests. But how on earth could I combine my three great loves: writing, illustration, and baked goods?

I had no idea at the time, so I figured I'd start a blog while I figured it out. And thus, CakeSpy was born! What didn't occur to me, however, was that the blog could be the launchpad for an entire business: based on it, I have created a livelihood from writing about baked goods and selling my artwork - and have since opened a retail gallery called CakeSpy Shop in Seattle's super-hip Capitol Hill neighborhood, where I sell my artwork alongside the wares of a collection of other totally sweet artists from around Seattle and the United States, and I leave out a tray of sweets from my latest baking adventure for my customers every day.

But through all of my adventures, my mission remains the same: "Seeking sweetness in everyday life." I am celebrating those little things that make life so much sweeter - from the best new cupcake bakery to tutorials on how to make pimped-out cinnamon rolls or candy salad ... and of course, totally sweet artwork.

Which brings me to what is undoubtedly my second most frequently asked question: "are you hiring?"

Do you read a local blog that you'd like to see featured? Send 'em our way for a chance in the spotlight.

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  1. Just Me

    Is it just me, or does this Younan character sound a bit disturbed?

    August 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
    • George


      August 30, 2010 at 8:59 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        I always wondered what eating 'shrooms was like. After reading those posts, I know now.

        August 30, 2010 at 9:18 am |
    • RichardHead

      Think someone dropped the soap in the prison shower!

      August 30, 2010 at 9:25 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Happy Monday, Head!

        August 30, 2010 at 9:51 am |
      • RichardHead

        Hey Jdizzle! It's Monday,time to start the week off right. How'd the weekend go?

        August 30, 2010 at 9:59 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        I don't remember. X) My organs hurt. Xo

        August 30, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  2. smartin1111

    What the heck are you talking about?

    August 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      I think he was drunk.

      August 30, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  3. akindafoodblog

    Bacon and cupcakes! Fabulous Idea! I want to try dark chocolate bacon cupcakes :) I swear my blog is probably around 85% about baked goods. But I have to revamp that.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:02 am |
  4. Rachel Joyce

    Damn, if you were East Coast I'd def try to get a job too! Keep it sweet, Cheers! -Rachel

    August 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  5. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    Is that.....bacon....on the mug? =D

    August 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
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