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  • Kay Meyer, Ringo, makes and decorates dozens of cakes, but never, ever sells any of them.


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  • Kay Meyer, Ringo, makes and decorates dozens of cakes, but never, ever sells any of them.
    “I don’t take orders,” she said. “This is more of a hobby for family and special friends.”
    Meyer has also never taken cake decorating classes.
    “It’s by looking at pictures and making mistakes,” she said. “I find a pattern and enlarge it to fit the cake, ice around it and fill in the arts. I’ve found ways to do things that I didn’t know when I started.”
    She’s not exactly sure just when that was.
    “My parents were married in 1936 and I made their 25th anniversary cake,” Meyer said. “I’ve made wedding cakes. I finally learned to make roses by hook and by crook, and I usually stick to them for decorating.”
    She’s learning a lot now from her youngest family members. Great-nephew Lucky Vesco, son of Cindy and Tim Vesco, wanted a Spiderman birthday cake. Another youngster has requested a cake with Maximus Prime.
    “That’s one of the Transformers,” Meyer said. “I’ve found a picture to use for that.”
    One of her projects is to bake a birthday cake for each of the sixth, seventh and eighth grade special education students in Girard. She said that her neighbor teaches special education.
    “She suggested that I could just bake one cake each month for the students whose birthdays were in that month, but I want each child to have a cake they can take home,” Meyer said.
    There are 33 students for her to bake for this year.
    “I decorate the cake the night before and take it to my neighbor, she takes it to school and the child takes the cake home,” Meyer said.
    “I’ve heard that some of those students don’t want to move on to high school because they won’t be getting cakes any more,” said Holly Viets.
    She and her family were delighted with the groom’s cake Meyer decorated when Viets’ daughter got married recently. With a gun and bullets for decoration, the cake’s lettering says “The Hunt Is Over.”
    Born in Pittsburg, Meyer was raised on a farm 10 miles west of Girard, and has lived in the Ringo neighborhood, four miles east of Girard, since 1969. That’s basically the area around the Girard Chicken Annie’s.
    Ringo was hit by the May 2003 tornado that devastated Franklin, and Meyer said she was on the edge of that and suffered some property damage.
    “I was blessed compared to the people north of me,” she said. “ George Bolte, who was killed, lived two blocks from me.”

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