HELENA — Lauren Reisbeck isn’t just a baker - you could also consider her an artist. She makes cake pops in the form of little cows, margaritas, Barbie princesses, you name it—and she does it all from her home kitchen.
Reisbeck’s business, Pop of Cake, is one of many in Montana’s cottage food industry. Reisbeck has made cake pops for a number of special events, from birthdays to weddings.
Reisbeck has been making cake pops for a decade, and with the encouragement of friends and family, she decided to start Pop of Cake in December 2021. She researched what she needed to do, got the licenses she needed, and got the business started.
“I first started off doing a little Facebook page,” Reisbeck said. “It just took off and I am busier than I ever thought possible.”
Reisbeck’s cake pops come in six flavors—red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, lemon, and funfetti. When it comes to designs, she works with what the customer wants.
“I love when they can relay what they are wanting in an idea, and I can portray that out in a cake pop for them,” Reisbeck said.
Montana law requires cottage food products be sold to customers face-to-face, so Reisbeck delivers her cake pops and gets to see her customers’ reactions.
“That’s the best part about it,” Reisbeck said. “Just to see their excitement makes my day.”
According to data from the Montana Department of Health & Human Services, more than 400 Montanans were granted cottage food licenses in the past five years. According to Montana law, cottage foods are made in a home kitchen. They also have to qualify as non-potentially hazardous, meaning they don’t allow for microbial growth. Non-potentially hazardous food items include items such as cookies, granola, coffee, and cake pops. Click here for more details on the DPHHS website.
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