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March 3, 2013

Emma J’s, now Sweet Sisters Bakery, expands to full service bakery

NORMAN — “We’ve always had a dream to run our own bakery,” Mikal Mowdy said. “My sister is relocating back to Norman and we’re going to be partners.”

Mowdy acquired Emma J’s Gourmet Cupcakery, 1334 Interstate Drive, Robinson Crossing Shopping Center, from founder Carrie Raines late last year. The diminutive cupcake shop is nestled in a row of restaurants and retail shops that’s anchored by Starplex Cinemas.

Many of their customers pick up a baked snack on the way in to see a movie. Mowdy’s sister Christy Mowdy is leaving a career as a high school science teacher in Chicago to return to a job in her hometown. Both women are native Oklahomans and Norman High School alumnae. Mikal is a Platte College’s Pastry Arts program graduate. She cut her teeth in the business world with an externship at Fancy Cakes then worked at La Baguette’s main bakery on Berry Rd. for a time.

“Christy used to bake with my grandma,” Mowdy said. “I was only six when she passed away and Christy took over her role, baking everything from scratch for our family.”

Mikal loved those times learning from her sister and decided after culinary training to become a business woman operating her own shop. She remodeled Emma J’s interior and has invested in some new equipment such as a recently delivered 20 quart mixer.

Mowdy’s baking standards are strict. “Everything we bake is from scratch,” she said. “No boxed cake mix and we make our own icing from butter and powdered sugar, not lard.”

All products are baked on-site fresh every day. Mowdy makes her own fondant, the creamy confection used in and on cakes, from a marshmallow base rather than purchasing it wholesale.

“Fondant gives cakes that fancy, absolutely smooth finish,” she said. “You can do different things with it than butter cream.”

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