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Decadent Designs By Jean Is A Small Batch Bakery Full Of Delicious Surprises

By S. Mathur

Decadent Designs is the product of a career change for owner and pastry chef Jean Phillips, and it's been a sweet turn of fate. After working for 26 years in the corporate world, Phillips decided to return to her first love, which is baking. Armed with a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales University and a wealth of family recipes, Phillips has created a traditional small batch bakery where the menu is full of pleasant surprises.

"We are a small family bakery," she said. "My son now does most of the baking, my husband prepares the frostings and fillings and I do most of the decorating on the cakes and pastries. My first degree was from Johnson & Wales 20+ years ago was in Pastry Arts."

Decadent Designs has recently moved to a new location in North Providence and continues to offer baked goods and floral designs. Cakes and pastries are baked entirely from scratch using family recipes.

"We bake small batches throughout the day so customers are able to walk in and get the freshest ( and sometimes still warm from the oven) desserts at different times of the day," Phillips said. "Not just in the morning."

Fall offerings include Pumpkin Maple Whoopie Pies, Pumpkin Streusel Cake, Apple Cider Pound Cake, Pumpkin Brownies and Apple Crisp bars. All ingredients are fresh and local and the fruit flavored cakes, cupcakes and frostings use natural fruit. The cannolis and all cookies are also customer favorites. Cookie trays make the ideal holiday gifts, or gifts for any occasion at all.

Wedding and special occasion cakes from Decadent Designs are also very much in demand. Phillips does most of the decorating, and describes it as a very detailed and labor intensive skill.

"When I sit with a client I have to be able to envision what they want and formulate how to accomplish their vision on the spot," she said. "We are known to be able to execute some very intricate cakes such as our severed head on a platter cake and our Marie Antionette cake."

The bakery has become known as the go-to for special occasion cakes, and customers return for cakes to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, retirement parties, baby showers and more. The bakery allows customers to schedule a tasting to sample the different cake flavors, fillings and frostings before ordering a custom cake. Decadent Designs also does wedding flowers including bridal bouquets, buttonholes and decorations.

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