Baking up a sweet business

COLERAIN — A challenging full-time job. A housewife and mother of two young children.

It’s a full plate for sure.

But for Kara Shutler, she finds time to fill that plate with her delicious baked treats. Amongst all her other activities, Shutler has found time to cook up a sweet business.

Shutler operates Kara’s Cake Pops out of her home. It spawned out of her love to bake and creating delicious treats for family gatherings.

“I have always baked. It is something I really take great pleasure in,” Shutler said. “Whenever we go to a party or outing, I always bring the dessert.

“I received my license this October. Even though I work out of my home in Colerain, you need state approval,” she continued. “Baking has always been my passion.”

It is a passion that needs to wedge its time amongst her many other responsibilities.

Her husband Zac, a former all-Ohio football player at St. John Central, is principal at both West Liberty and Bethlehem elementary schools in Ohio County. They have two children — Luke, 3.5, and Leah, 2.

In addition to being a wife and mom, Shutler is employed fulltime at The Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She is the director of BDD’s Bridges to Transition program.

“Kara is a dynamo. She is dedicated to her family and her work helping young people with disabilities discover their talents. She is a possibility thinker and that makes all the difference,” said BDD Communications Coordinator Pamela McCort. “She would be successful at anything she decided to do. Her energy and enthusiasm are inspiring.

“The county board’s goal is to make sure young people with disabilities are prepared for employment once they leave high school, so what Kara does is vitally important,” McCort continued. “Kara helps students with disabilities (ages 14 and up) get ready to make the leap from school to a job in the community. She connects them with services that help them identify a career and then develop the skills they’ll need for successful employment.”

Shutler’s booming baking business has grown thanks to basic word of mouth.

“I have done a lot of parties for family and friends and they have just let other people know about the Cake Pops,” Shutler said. “I bake for all types of events such as birthday parties, Valentine parties and retirements.

“The cake pops can be made in almost any type of design. We do a lot of baseballs, basketballs and footballs. But I can also make things like bunnies and owls. I even design the Cake Pops like teeth and WWE (pro wrestling). I can use any flavor of cake people want.”

Shutler is a 2000 St. John Central graduate. She helped the Lady Irish to three straight OVAC basketball crowns, including a 19-1 mark as a senior.

“The business is beginning to take off. I have received several summer wedding orders already,” Shutler said. “What makes the difference with these Cake Pops is that everything is homemade. I am hands on with all aspects of the Cake Pops.

“I am very happy that my hobby has evolved into a successful business,” she continued. “But although I love baking, my family comes first. My kids and husband are number one in my life.”

Kara’s Cake Pops may be reached by calling 740-310-1559 or at

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleader