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Hard workers know: 'Sometimes you just need cake'

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Like My Thai restaurant, another successful enterprise supported by Mercyhurst University's Quickstarter Initiative*, will host a Launch Party for The Workingman's Cake on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the restaurant, 827 State St. Stop by to back the project and sample some cake.)

If you work hard, you know that sometimes you just need cake!  After five months of testing and retesting, The Workingman’s Cake launches on Kickstarter Tuesday, Oct. 11, thanks to the support of Mercyhurst University’s Quickstarter initiative.   

Meant for a busy lifestyle, The Workingman’s Cake is home-made, shipped fresh to your door in two days.  Each cake comes individually wrapped and has nine individual pockets of icing inside each 4-by-4-inch square cake. 

“That’s right, we put the icing on the inside,” said creator Kathy Fling of Erie, who tells all about it on her Facebook project page. “No mess or bother and icing with every bite – perfect for the working man or woman who needs the pick-me-up that only a piece of home-made cake can provide.”

Each cake comes in a variety of traditional (vanilla and chocolate) and exotic flavors such as lager caramel and hot cayenne pepper. Backers of the Kickstarter project will be able to receive rewards with names such as The Interview (two Workingman’s Cakes shipped anywhere in the US) to Cake In The Break Room (two baker’s dozen of the Workingman’s Cakes – enough to feed the whole office.) 

Each cake is triple wrapped for freshness before shipped.  The attractive brown paper wrapping tied with jute string reminds one of earlier times when workers brought their lunches to work and everything was made by hand.  This is what inspired Fling, owner of Delectabites and inventor of The Workingman’s Cake, to create this special product. 

“I have been baking and selling small batch cookies and cupcakes for local office parties and special events for years,” she said. “The experience of getting something home-made is just so special.  I really wanted to try to share that with everyone.”

As part of the development process, Fling has been taking samples of her cakes to offices and worksites all over Erie. 

The Workingman’s Cake Project received assistance from Mercyhurst’s Quickstarter Initiative*, a program geared toward crowdfunding success.  Quickstarter is led by Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies Kristan J. Wheaton and is funded by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority’s Ignite Erie: Industry-University Business Acceleration Collaborative, led by Mercyhurst and Penn State Behrend.  Mercyhurst sophomore McKenna Schneider manages Quickstarter’s support to The Workingman’s Cake.  She leads a multi-university team that includes Billy Wager (videography – Mercyhurst), Carly Moynihan (Graphic Design – Mercyhurst) and Ethan Moody (Marketing – Penn State Behrend).