Jen Wojtaszek is the general manager and cake decorator at Frederick’s Pastries (109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725; Bedford Square, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 647-2253, pastry.net), where she has worked for the last 17 years. She was attending college and studying small business management when on a whim she decided to apply for an entry-level position at the specialty cake shop.
“I just always thought it would be fun to work there,” she said, “so I randomly went in and filled out an application and that’s how the [story] began.”
She had no prior culinary training, but she did have a passion for art and a love for food, and once she got some experience, it became clear to her that she was the perfect fit for the job.
What is your must-have kitchen item?
I would say an oven. Without an oven, we wouldn’t have anything. … It’s like another team member.
What is your favorite ingredient to bake with?
Chocolate chips. I like the texture and the crunch of it in a cake or a cookie.
What is your favorite dessert?
Tiramisu torte, hands down. I’ve had it at a lot of places, but I like ours the best. It’s vanilla cake cut into three layers, soaked in espresso and filled with mascarpone mousse, and cocoa powder. It’s soft and sweet, but not too sweet. It’s so good.
What would you choose for your last meal?
Artichoke for an appetizer, spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and tiramisu torte for dessert.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Tuckaway Tavern. My husband and I just went there and it was phenomenal — the ambience, the food quality. I got the filet and it was fantastic.
What celebrity would you like to share a cake with?
Gordon Ramsay, just out of curiosity to see what the conversation would be like and maybe learn something from him.
What is your favorite meal to cook at home?
Thanksgiving dinner. It’s my favorite holiday. I love when people can come together and celebrate and share a meal together.
— Angie Sykeny