Isis Brighton began baking as a hobby, and boy are we glad she turned it into a career. Her unique, custom-made cakes are packed with flavor and hand-decorated to impress. From what she describes as a “micro kitchen” in Jamestown, R.I. – in a space that she shares with the wine and cheese shop Grapes and Gourmet – the baker-artist behind Isis Cakes pours her creativity and passion into confections that are as mouth watering as they are eye catching.
The business was born out of necessity while Isis was living in Montpelier, Vt. with her boyfriend (who’s now her husband). “I was so cold, so broke, and had no money for skiing,” says Isis, who doesn’t hold a culinary degree, but was desperate for cash flow. And so, she started baking. A few years later, the couple moved to Jamestown, where her husband’s family owns the shop out of which she now operates.
Isis Cake’s insanely inspiring menu offers unique flavors like lemon-thyme and salted caramel, plus seasonal frostings and fillings. Be on the lookout for new summer cakes including Key lime strawberry and goddess chocolate, which Isis describes as “chocolate everything.” Dairy and eggs are always sourced locally, as are as many other ingredients as possible (she’s no stranger to the greenhouse during colder months), and her cakes always use high-quality flours and sugar.
Traditional fondant is a no-no here. Instead, Isis uses flowers, herbs, dehydrated fruit, and even edible gold dust to hand-decorate her couture creations. These in-demand cakes are typically made-to-order, but a few “mini-cakes,” which serve 6–8 people, are available at Grapes and Gourmet regularly. (Be warned: They sell out quickly.)
Want something decadent to celebrate your next big occasion? A salted caramel cake with chocolate mousse and ganache would be perfect for the graduate with a sweet tooth. Or maybe Dad would like a cherry-almond cake for a Father’s Day treat. A lemon-thyme cake with fresh fruit and cream cheese frosting would be a lighter hit at a ladies’ soirée. And if you’re planning a wedding, we seriously envy you, because Isis wedding cakes are the things romantic dreams are made of.
Whether your next party is for 4 people or 40, it’s safe to say that Isis Cakes will make any birthday, wedding, or dinner party that much more special. These gorgeous confections make celebrating in style look like, well, a piece of cake.
All photos courtesy of Isis Brighton of Isis Cakes.