2007-06-21 / Happenings

Roscommon grad 'takes the cake'

A1989 Roscommon High School graduate caught the eye of People Magazine and is featured in the July wedding edition of People EXTRA.

TAKING THE CAKE Tamara (Atherton) Mugerauer, 1989 graduate of Roscommon High School, decorates a colorful cake for a 16-year-old's birthday in her shop, Tamara's, in Oshkosh, WI. Mugerauer is featured in the July wedding edition of People EXTRA for her four-tier rose petal cake decorated with edible gum paste flowers. (Courtesy photo) TAKING THE CAKE Tamara (Atherton) Mugerauer, 1989 graduate of Roscommon High School, decorates a colorful cake for a 16-year-old's birthday in her shop, Tamara's, in Oshkosh, WI. Mugerauer is featured in the July wedding edition of People EXTRA for her four-tier rose petal cake decorated with edible gum paste flowers. (Courtesy photo) Tamara (Atherton) Mugerauer's creation featured was a $625 four-tier cake decorated with edible gum paste rose petals. The cake flavor was Kahlua velvet with chocolate silk filling.

People had selected top cake designers from each state for the issue; Mugerauer, who lives in Oshkosh, WI, with her husband, Larry, and daughter, Liberty, was singled out for having won the Wisconsin Baker's Association "Extreme Wedding Cake Competition" in March. She won two trophies and $1,000 for being the judges' winner and the "people's choice."

Mugerauer began her career as a cake designer in 1991, while working part-time and attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She said on her web site, www.cakeguru.com, the part-time job developed into a love of the art form of cake design, and a career path she never anticipated.

"I have had the opportunity to work at different bakeries to get a feel for the business, and gain experience," she said. "Throughout this time I decorated literally thousands of wedding cakes, sheet cakes, and etc. The assembly line atmosphere and emphasis on speed and quantity made me think about opening a shop where the main emphasis would be quality and the product line would be limited to wedding cakes."

Mugerauer opened her own shop in August of 1997, emphasizing personal service. Her goal is to spend time with each couple to discuss elements of their wedding, and design the perfect cake to complement their style.

"My love of this art form is the very core of this business," she said on the website. "I love my work and look forward to any ideas as a personal challenge. I pride myself on running a small personalized business, catering to each couple's personal requests...There is nothing I love more than designing a totally unique cake, sketching it up for a bride, and finally seeing the finished product."

Mugerauer has entered various shows and competitions at local, state and national levels and has taken first or second place in every wedding cake competition she has entered. One of her cake designs was featured in the national magazine, American Cake Decorating. She also belongs to a local and state cake decorating club, as well as the International Cake Decorating Exploration Society.

She is active in the Oshkosh area, serving on the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Women's Division of the Oshkosh Area, and is involved in the local Republican party and various charity events.

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