Originally from PA, I moved to Durham in 2008 looking for a job as an art teacher. While applying to schools, I got a job at a local bakery where my love of baking and cake decorating was revealed. Since then, I have been baking and decorating cakes for the past 12 years all around the Triangle. I’ve decorated over 600 wedding cakes to date and have loved every minute of it. 

My favorite designs are the ones that have intricate piping or handpainting, making the cakes seem like a small work of art. Designing wedding cakes is another favorite part of my job and I love when brides want to start with a blank canvas, creating a cake design specific to their personalities and wedding theme.

Working with buttercream is my preferred style but I also enjoy fondant cakes and the different decorating techniques that fondant allows. Marbled fondant cakes are my current favorite wedding trend!

When I'm not baking or decorating I am trying my best to eat my way through Durham, one new restaurant at a time.  I enjoy cooking Indian food at home with my husband, drawing on the Bean Traders chalkboard wall with my daughter, and rewatching 90s sitcoms while I work on my one of many crochet projects.  

As the sole owner, baker, and decorator at S.Richardson Cakes, I will work with you every step of the way, from the initial tasting to delivering your cake on the big day. As both a lover of desserts and all-things-wedding, I am excited to work with you during this delicious step of your wedding planning and to be a part of your special day!


Bronze medal for Wedding and Grooms Cake category at the IBIE Cake Decorating Competition in Las Vegas, NV in 2013.


Stephanie went above and beyond my wildest dreams with our wedding cake. I gave her some inspiration and she did a design that matched our invitations. We got a ton of compliments! Not only was it gorgeous, it was delicious. Cannot recommend her enough!

Cait M.

February 2019

Stephanie made the cake for our wedding in August 2019. We had a great experience with her. We had a tasting of several different types of cake which were absolutely delicious! I showed her a picture of how I wanted the cake to look, and she absolutely nailed it. The cake was beautiful and delicious. Stephanie was very communicative and answered all of our questions promptly and thoroughly! I highly recommend her for any cake needs!

Becky M.

October 2019

Stephanie did a beautiful job on my daughter's wedding cakes. One was traditional and gorgeous. The other was a Pittsburgh Steelers groom's cake. They tasted as delicious as they looked!

Mary V.

November 2018

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