The Cake Boutique is the newest addition to Harrison Township businesses

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The Cake Boutique is the newest addition to Harrison Township businesses

coming soon2_1e2ecd69c0631fe284ca32ae68c56dbaHARRISON TWP. — While driving down Route 322 the bright pink door on one house stands out, drawing all passerby attention to the newest business to plan its opening in Mullica Hill.

The Cake Boutique will offer custom cakes, cookies and other baked goods, all made by Alexandra Benas, a graduate of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill’s pastry arts program.

Benas grew up in the restaurant business. Her parents own the Harrison House diner, right across the street from her new bakery, and she has spent countless hours in the kitchen learning the ins and outs of running a restaurant.

She originally studied psychology in college, but was torn in deciding what she wanted to do afterwards. She applied to graduate schools and thought about getting her teaching certification but finally decided that what she really wanted to do was create amazing cakes — something she’s always liked to do.

“I’ve always wanted to do something with art and it’s a good balance of art and the restaurant business that I grew up with,” Benas said.

Once she finished culinary school, she spoke with her parents about opening her own bakery, and together they decided to use a 100-year-old house that the family has owned for years.

“I wanted her to do whatever made her happy, and I knew she was talented artistically,” said George Benas, Alexandra’s father. “Her talent has always been decorating.”

The Cake Boutique’s Facebook page shows evidence of all of the decorating Alexandra Benas has done so far, and what she plans to bring to the bakery.
There are colorful cakes in traditional styles, as well as those shaped like fish, guitars, body builders and a helicopter.

“I love a challenge,” she said. “My passion is the custom cakes.”

After months of construction and work, including months of wet weather, the final touches are being put on the property before the commercial kitchen is installed.

In addition to room for baking and a display case, Benas hopes to have a few tables for a walk-in business, as well as areas for consulting.

She is looking forward to opening the business before the holidays and offering a unique storefront to Harrison Township’s growing business community, which is continuously looking for new and interesting companies to join them.
“I’m so excited to be in Mullica Hill,” she said. “There’s really not a lot (of bakeries) around here and I want to offer some things that other placed don’t really have.”

Lou Manzo, the township’s mayor, believes that with all the work Harrison has done in the area — from expanding part of Route 322 to building a bypass for traffic, as well as the updates to the historic district — the bakery is a welcome addition that will add to the character of the town.

“It’s the perfect kind of business to complement what we’re trying to do,” he said.

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