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Life & Work with Cortne Oser

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cortne Oser.

Hi Cortne, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory
Throughout my childhood and teen years, I spent much of my time in the kitchen with my grandmother, who loved to bake, and with my father, who is a Chef. That is truly when my love of cooking and baking began. Not only was baking fun for me, my biggest take away from the experience was seeing how it made those who enjoyed my food feel. During that time is when all of the amazing cake artists and shows were on TV and just like that, I was hooked. I watched those shows so much and I aspired to create the level of sugar art that they were making.

After doing my research, I realized that Pastry School was the place for me after high school. I was so excited to start! In pastry school at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, I had an amazing mentor, Chef Jon. He was extremely passionate about all of his students and their success. He really took me under his wing and shared with me many opportunities that could help me grow and expand in the industry, aside from school. As I baked my way through pastry school in 2013, I took a leap of faith and moved 700 miles from home to Orlando to intern at one of the most well-known resorts and theme parks in the world. Being there is where I learned the dynamics of and gained a passion for weddings. After graduation (soon after my internships), I combined my love of pastry with that of the wedding industry, and I hit the ground running! Although early on, my business was very strong in the field of birthday and other celebration cakes, I knew where my passion was. I gained the much hand-on experience in my early years of making cakes that I needed to better my craft and design style.

I also learned so much about what it takes to own and operate a small business. From client interactions to the delivery of cakes, every order I received taught me something valuable. As business was going well, like many, I dreaded what may happen to my small business and my dreams as Covid-19 shuttered the county. I sat at home, in quarantine, and pondered what to do. I decided that now was the time to focus on what my true dream was; to be a solid and established wedding cake artist in Central Florida. Through the power of social media and the kindness of industry partners, I joined in on as may networking events and photo shoots as I could (as soon as it was safe to do so). I met many people who shared advice and the same passion for weddings that I gained early on in my journey. Since then, the only reason I’ve looked back was to wonder why I didn’t do this sooner. Dreams are meant to be pursued, and if you wait for the right time, you’ll never get it. This journey has not been easy, but it has been rewarding and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Being in the world of pastry, there are many routes one can take. During my first year of pastry school, I quickly caught on to the art of cake. In school, we learned much about the baking aspects of things and not so much of the decoration portion. In my downtime, I was consumed with cake tv shows, online tutorials, as well as trial and error decorating in my little dorm room. To further my skills, I formed my little business and named it Cortne’s Creative Cakes. Now, I know that is a very cliche’ name but it was perfect for what I was trying to accomplish, practice and more practice.

After graduating, I realized I needed a change, so my business soon took on the name of LuBelle’s Cakes. This name change gave me a fresh start and the boost I needed to grow. Many ask me where the name came from, which is also the reason I will forever stick with this name. In the south, grandmothers have nicknames for all their children, and I was no different. The name “LuBelle” was given to me by my great grandmother originally and was then my nickname with the whole family. To this day, she still calls me by that name and it means more to me than I could explain in words. In past years, I have been known for elaborate birthday and celebration cakes with attention to detail and clean & crisp designs. I focus on baking and pairing together wonderful flavors that please both the palettes of young children as well as adults looking for something a little more elevated than a traditional cake. After the baking process, I focus on creating a clean palette for me to create my designs. Establishing a solid and beautiful canvas of cake, whether it be with buttercream or fondant, is the key to executing and creating a flawless design. As my business evolved, I have carried with me those same principles into my passion for wedding cakes. I am most proud of my style of design as it is a form of art. Every artist has a style, something that says who created the artwork just by looking at it; noticing the attention to detail and design that every artist works so hard for. Something that has helped to evolve my design style is entering into sugar art competitions. At an early age, I absolutely loved to compete in various sports, primarily softball and volleyball.

As I grew older, I carried that same competing bug with me. As I entered little pastry competitions here and there in Pastry School, my first large competition was in 2016, where I received 1st place in the Intermediate Wedding Cake Category at Cake Fest in Lafayette, Louisiana for my 6 tier “Southern Bayou Princess” inspired cake. The following year in 2017, I entered the Wedding Cake competition at Cake Fair in Orlando and received 1st place for my 7 tier “Blue Midnight Princess” inspired wedding cake. Both of these experiences really helped to shape not only who I was as an artist but also gave me the confidence to do things that may seem out of reach or intimidating. From there, I continued to push and challenge myself in the world of sugar art. Although I can create stunning wedding cake designs that are one of a kind, I also take passion in the smaller and more simple designs created to celebrate the love of a couple. Marriage is one of the most important and celebrated moments in one’s lifetime. Therefore, I bring to the table the same passion for my art as my couples do for each other. To me, being part of their special day, is a gift in itself.

What makes you happy?
The number one thing that makes me happy is being able to put a smile on someone’s face. From the age of 1 to 90 years old, I have had the honor of being part of many life celebrations. Whether it is baking cookies or decorating a cake, anytime I am to be part of someone’s memories, it brings full joy to my heart. When my passion of weddings started, It sparked an entirely new feeling for me. Witnessing the true love of a couple and assisting them in their big day is so special. I am truly honored to help couples celebrate their love and commitment to each other!

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Image Credits
Jennifer Nicole Photography & Films
Honeywood Photography
Lazzat Photography
Brianna Kim Photography

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