"I strive to produce a quality, one-of-a-kind product that is personalized and unique to each and every event. Each cake is hand-crafted and tailored by myself to ensure that you get the cake you deserve."

-Nicole Owens, Cake Designer
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Nicole was born in rural Upstate New York on July 4, 1982. She quickly learned her way around the kitchen through the teachings of her parents and maternal grandmother. She inherited her Dad's sweet tooth (or two) and together, they would bake brownies and cakes. Her fondest memories are of learning how to read measurements correctly on the recipe card with her Mom while they whipped up a batch of chocolate-chip cookies. But what she loved most in the world was to help Grandma make apple pies for Sunday Dinner.

Nicole was 12 when her family moved to Moneta, Virginia, just before New Year's Eve in 1994. She was given a lot more responsibilities around the home as the family adjusted to new work and school schedules. They included babysitting her siblings and cousins, planning and cooking some meals and snacks for them, as well as occasionally cooking dinner for the entire family. She enjoyed the happiness and satisfaction that people get when they eat, especially when it is something that she made. 

By the time she was 14, Nicole had a number of go-to recipes, most of them desserts, that she knew by heart and would make often. She realized one day that she had a real interest in food and started to consider it as a career option. Her other passion in life was music and was also weighing this as a career alternative; learning the behind-the-scenes production for radio, television and film.

Nicole graduated from Staunton River High School in June, 2000 and attended Radford University where she studied Production Technology, worked part-time at the college radio station and hosted her own weekly radio show called, "DJ In A Box." She still enjoyed cooking for her friends and tried to please everyone's palette by hosting "Vegetarian Lasagna Night" in her apartment.

It was during her stay at Radford University that she met Jeff Owens. Nicole was swept off her feet and they fell in love and married. They welcomed their first child in 2004, a daughter named Makayla.


With Makayla's first birthday approaching in 2005, Nicole was on the hunt to host an awesome first birthday for her daughter. Growing up on commercial, store-bought cakes, she was determined to start a birthday tradition for her children; a homemade cake made just for them, with their likes in mind. Not a mass-produced, 'cookie cutter' cake.

 

Nicole's first officially decorated cake was 'Rainbow Brite'. The purchase of the cake pan, tips, and spatulas set off a three-year expansion of cake supplies that quickly outgrew her kitchen cupboards and closets. During that time, she increased her knowledge and sharpened her hobby skills with self-taught tips and tricks. With the aid of the ever-growing cake community on the internet, almost infinite supply of videos, magazines, and books, and helpful advice from cake veterans, Nicole was able to tune her love of cake design from hobby to full-on obsession. In August of 2006, she became a stay-at-home-mom to her daughter and newborn son and was able to devote more time to her growing infatuation.

From March 2008 to July 2008, she enrolled in and graduated from the Wilton Method Cake Decorating classes. There, she was finally able to let her creative juices flow as she gained hands-on experience with new approaches to adorning cakes. The constant encouragement of her teacher led Nicole to make the decision that would forever change the outlook of her future. A life-long passion for baking and cooking, and the newly acquired and finely-tuned set of skills, grounded its roots on August 18, 2008 when A Slice Of Heaven was born.

In July 2010, Nicole relocated to Salem, Virginia where she continues to serve the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.

Today, the workmanship of Nicole's cakes have improved ten-fold. The artistry and style of her masterpieces are often the subject of conversation. The eye appeal and distinctiveness of her edible art set her apart from the traditional, generic cakes.