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Thursday, December 10, 2009

tony's- taste of new york

The holidays are here and we are looking for ideas for presents and yummy treats to share with family and friends and I have a great artist to share with you today who makes her masterpieces out of edible items!

Toni Rucker is a 44 year old full time bookkeeper, sales associate for The Gap and most of all a great cake artist. She has built a great side cake business Tony’s – Taste of New York from the ground up!

Toni's passion for treats began when she was a young child sitting in the kitchen and watching her grandmother and auntie cook and her grandmother would let her help with the biscuits and cut the dough for the pies and she enjoyed even the smallest of jobs in the kitchen!

Toni's mother was also a successful cook and baker and showed her the ropes of cooking and baking but her real love of cooking and baking was discovered in Mrs. Dorowski's 7th grad Home Economics class and she really made an impression on Toni. I have to say, on a more personal note, as a teacher this is such a great moment, when an adult finds his/her true passion and love of something introduced by a teacher!

But back to Toni.... at the end of the course she was presented with an award for the "Best Student," much to the shock of Paula Oakes, a fellow student who thought she was going to get it because she was good at sewing and got the award for that and that of Toni, but she did deservingly received this award.

We fast forward ahead to 2007, when Toni took a Wilton Cake Decorating course instructed by Yvonne Lafayette and earned a certificate. Yvonne inspired Toni to start her own business and encouraged her because Yvonne also working a full time job and teaching Wilton on the side.

It was Toni's mate, Rakim, who gave her the final push and told her that she had talent so, he came up with the name, "Taste of New York," which is an acronym of her name Tony/Toni.

Toni began creating cakes for friends and family and then people started requesting more and more so that’s when she knew she had some "tasty" that was wanted by the masses.

Now, over two years later, she has made many wedding cakes, baby showers cakes, birthdays cakes, and any special occasion she has been called upon. She also does cookies and other delectable goodies!

Toni dreams of going to Paris to culinary school and is inspired by Duff of Ace of Cakes, the Cake Boss and many others.

Toni's most recent interest and passion is in catering and planning events. She has worked to plan and cater baby showers and
also catered an art show in Newburgh, New York.

Toni is in the process of starting her own website and can be reached by phone at 845-343-6769 or by email at for a list of prices!

Here are some testimonials from customers:

Sonja Ferreira I just want to tell you that THE CAKE WAS DELICIOUS!! Everyone loved not only the design, but it tasted fabulous as well!! lol you know how sometimes in the cake world you have to sacrifice taste for design or vice versa? Well...Tony's Taste of New york has it all!!
Thank you!!

Roy Carey This cake was amazing I still talk about it till this day!!!!!

Dhyana Hamilton-Floyd Tony's Cake are amazing! If you need references let me know! This was the wedding cake of our dreams! You should definetly choose her if you want a unique cake....*****5 stars from me....

So take a Tast of New York this year or think of this great artist for your next event!

Be Well and Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Toni made a cake for one of my events and it was amazing! The cake received so many compliments and i was overall pleased from begining to end. She was very pleasant to do business with, she paid attention to every detail and delivered an amazing cake. She is in the process of creating a cake for my next event and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next! -Franky, New and now loyal customer.