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the-icing-bakingStafford, Va – Local bakery, The Icing, has recently been awarded three major designations within the wedding industry. The Icing was named the best wedding cake bakery in the 2013 Wedding Professionals Edition of Virginia Bride, an honor given to only one bakery in the entire state. The Icing also snagged best wedding cakes by The Knot's Best of Weddings and Bride's choice from Wedding Wire. The awards come at the same time that the bakery was chosen to create Miss America, Caressa Cameron's December wedding.

Lynn Drake, owner operator of The Icing says "It's truly amazing to be recognized by state and national publications who are leading the trends in the wedding industry. I employ a team of eleven specialized artists and culinary experts to make sure that all of our brides get a cake that looks and tastes better then they could have imagined. These honors just solidify our desire to continue to set the cake and pastry trends for brides in our region."

Established 15 years ago, The Icing is a true hometown bakery that makes everything from scratch daily. They specialize in creating custom cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, chocolates, breads and more. They hold themselves to a high standard of quality with the motto "if you can't spell it, we don't bake with it". The Icing is located at 1169 Courthouse Rd., Stafford Virginia – just off the Stafford Courthouse Rd. exit. They are holding an open house on February 23, 2012 from 10-2.


Lynette Drake is the owner/operator of The Icing Bakery. She is a Stafford Native and a graduate of the Culinary School at The Art Institute. She began baking from her home and has grown into a staff of more than 11 artists and bakers at her Stafford County store front. She lives with her husband and two sons and her favorite cake flavor is coconut.
The Icing Bakery (540)659-8955,

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.