These bios may or may not be totally accurate or even totally made up...
Heidi was born and raised on the banks of the Great Lake Erie, but she soon felt the draw of the bright Broadway Lights. While standing in line for a Rockette tryout she felt her tummy rumble and found a small bakery around the corner. She missed her call back at Radio City, but found her passion in the sweet temptations displayed throughout the brightly lit Bakery Cases. She toured the country as a background dancer for Justin Timeberlake and, for a short time, Cher. At every city she found a new Bakery and favorite baked good. Heidi tried her hand at professional tennis and even a spell as a tour guide at Alcatraz Island, but she felt the draw of the Lake Erie Shore and eventually she moved back and fell in love with her new dance partner John. With Hubby in hand her idea to bring the best baked goods from all over the world to Erie PA took shape. Icing on the Lake was born, and to this day you can see her crazy dance moves and welcoming smile amidst the baking.
Young John was headed to his first day of a Rhodes Scholarship when a swarthy gentleman with a 40 Oz beer introduced him to the sport of Rugby. He spent the next four years of his life travelling from city to city balancing the taste of craft beer and cupcakes and their relation to a cramp free, yet sugar fueled Rugby Game. His experiments complete he continued his studies as a travelling accountant with the band Phish. Creative accounting and a unique approach to "write offs" formed to basis to his work in the Icing on the Lake administrative team. He returned to Erie and quickly fell in love with the enchanting Heidi and together they decided to make the dream of Icing on the Lake a reality. Accounting here is much easier and the "ingredients" are much more conventional.
We first met Rachael while she was touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but her violin did not quite blend in so she returned to our great city of Erie. Strange occurrences started happening when Rachael started at Icing on the Lake. Kittens rescued from trees, criminals turning themselves in, and a marked drop in littering in the surrounding area. I’m not saying that she is Wonder Woman, I’m just saying that I’ve never seen the two in the same room together. She’s also pretty darn good at baking.
Our head cake decorator Bethany is a bit of a mystery, her past clouded in rumor and myth. Some say she decorated cakes for Linda Austin, while others tell tales of her starting an underground fight club. We heard whispers of her learning her decorating skill as a tattoo artist in Vegas, but when we went to the parlor to investigate all we found were pieces of fondant, trails of buttercream and a worn tattoo needle. Bethany leads the “Cake Team” at Icing on the Lake creating amazing art every day and greeting everyone with her infectious smile and giggle. She’ll be happy to create whatever tattoo, I mean cake, you wish.
We worked for months to gather up enough money to pay her bail, and we did! She's probably innocent anyway but we don't even care because she's one of the best bakers around. Her warm smile is waiting to greet you as you walk into Icing on the Lake and she's really not even that dangerous anymore. After retiring from MMA she's totally chill and even teaches "Cupcake Yoga" which entails advanced poses while nibbling on various flavors of freshly baked cupcakes. Welcome back to the Lake Chris! And please try not to upset her...
Carolie is a professional gambler and wine connoisseur, and she lends her talents to the bakery as Head Box Assembler. Carolie also aids Ike in the taste testing department. It is rumored that she runs an illegal poker game out of the Bakery after hours. These rumors remain unconfirmed, however, there does appear to be an unusual amount of empty beer cans and assorted clothing Monday Morning. Are they playing strip poker?
Although not officially confirmed by BBC or NBC the characters of both Pam Beesley and Dwight Strute were based on Amy Blystone. As a young baker someone covered all her tools in Jello, and upon discovering the prank she both jumped in joy and shrieked in condemnation! Amy is also an accomplished opera singer, delighting her nephews with the wonderful sounds of Callas, Sutherland and the Grateful Dead (soprano of course). Amy bakes the majority of the delicious cakes you taste, so next time you see her ask her for an Office quote or to belt out Opera – hang on she’s pretty good!
The unofficial mayor of McKean, Becky joined the Icing on the Lake Team in May 2017 after a long and productive career as a Hollywood stunt woman. She took a punch for Diane Lane, fell down stairs for Diane Keaton and crashed Emma Watson’s car (although that was just a party, not actually during filming). Her highlight was punching three different Game of Thrones villains (again at parties, and not on film). She also spends her time as an accomplished crafter and wine critic. We’ve seen her drink a lot of wine, but come to think of it we have never read any reviews - no worries she says it’s totally legit.
Former Rodeo Darling Captain Missy Sue Lentz served as the first model for the Captain Morgan Rum bottle, but the HR executives thought it was inappropriate to keep bailing her out of jail. But honestly - it’s not that uncommon to see someone riding a bull down main street in Tulsa. After hanging up her spurs, she interned with the Keebler Elves, but that came to a smoldering end after introducing the elves to irish whisky and setting the tree on fire. Missy Sue and her faithful pitty pup Piper returned to Erie and found their way to the West Erie Plaza and Icing on the Lake. Turns out she is an amazing baker (and a crazy good line dancer) and as long as the whiskey and cowboy boots stay in her locker until 5:00 she’ll be baking delicious treats for you every day!
Michaela worked her way up to first chair Violinist for the New York Philharmonic, but her tenure came to abrupt end while touring Australia. During their first concert in Sydney the Hemsworth brothers (all three) attended and by the middle of the first song Michaela became the pioneer “crowd surfer” of the Philharmonic. This did not go over well with the powers that be, but Michaela got a great story and a couple awesome (and a little awkward) selfies with the brothers. Michaela brings her passion for Vegan baking to Icing on the Lake and is once again pioneering her recipes into delicious and completely Vegan baked goods. Just take cover if someone mentions “Thor” or “G’Day Mate.”
Ike, Edith and Louie
Soon after we moved in, cupcakes started disappearing. Everybody blamed John, but soon it was rumored that a voracious cupcake monster had taken up residence in the attic. It turns out Icing on the Lake's Cupcake Monster, Ike, is actually quite friendly and likes to chill out and watch cupcakes in all phases of development. He is also the official taste tester! In February 2015 he introduced us to his girlfriend, Edith MoreCupcakes. You can find the adorable couple watching cupcakes being made from their perch atop the main display shelf!
The couple adopted Louie from the ANNA Shelter in March of 2016 to help with taste testing dog treats. It turns out that Louie is also quite skilled at administration and helps Heidi and John with planning events (Dog Days) and was instrumental in testing the fake grass used in the window display. He’s pretty cute too.