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In St. Petersburg, patience is a recipe for scrumptious cakes

By Kathy Saunders,

Lauren Nickerson uses sugar pearls to finish her cake during Baked in the Burg's cake-decorating class on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at Toast the Hostess in St. Petersburg. [ CHLOE TROFATTER | Times ]

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Being close to her grandmother gave Maddie Blake a good foundation for adulthood. That loving relationship also became the recipe for her future career.

The patience and trial-and-error techniques learned from grandma Betty Blake helped the 25-year-old Belleair resident advance as a program control analyst for the Department of Defense at Honeywell.

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