CAMDEN, Maine — For $20, you can meander through Camden for a day and eat as much cake as your stomach can handle.
Saturday will be the Camden Cake Walk, which benefits the local historic society.
Hillary Bousum grew up with cakes. Her father was a chef and her mother was a cake decorator. After years of working in food service as a waitress and bartender, Bousum started her own business, Camden Cakes and Sweets. She plans to donate three types of cake to the walk.
“I’m probably going to go with this chai-spiced carrot cake with a vanilla bean cream cheese icing. It’s really nice — it has a bit of spice to kick up the chai flavor. I’ll do mini cupcakes, so people can take as many as they want.”
Served next to the chai carrot cake will be two of Bousum’s best-sellers, chocolate and a cake with lemon curd filling.
“The lemon curd is a nice surprise, especially for spring. It’s refreshing and a lot of people expect carrot cake or chocolate, but you don’t expect a tangy twist like lemon curd,” she said.
Bousum’s cakes will be served at Peter Ott’s Tavern and Steakhouse, where she is the resident baker. She also will show photos of her more elaborate cakes, including a pink castle.
Peter Ott’s is one of 15 local businesses donating cake for the Camden Rockport Historical Society fundraiser. The society will open its Cramer Museum and the Conway House off Route 1 and will serve a cake that might have been served when the Conway House was built in the late 1700s.
“It will probably be very simple, something they would have made many, many years ago. They didn’t have fresh fruit available to them this time of year, so it will probably be butter-and-sugar cake,” said Jane Carr, a member of the historical society board.
This year, chefs at the Lord Camden Inn will make and decorate cake pops — balls of cake dipped in chocolate and served on a stick like a lollipop.
Up the road on the other side of Route 1, home furnishing store Margo Moore already is decorating for the occasion with a circus theme and a big faux cake. The shop will serve cakes from Market Basket and 3 Dogs Cafe in Rockport.
The cake walk is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Cost to participate is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Other participating businesses include Captain Swift Inn, Hartstone Inn, Belmont Inn, The Grand Harbor Inn, Camden Riverhouse, Abigail’s, Camden Harbor Inn, Whitehall Inn, Fresh, The Lodge at Camden Hills and Cellardoor Winery at The Villa in Rockport.