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In the Fall of 2018 Cake Nouveau was born! An Asian-Pacific fusion bakery that takes inspiration from the owner’s ethnic backgrounds to create modern, unique desserts and bring them to the Pacific Northwest.

THe Women Behind the Cakes

Helen Nguyen has been a Portland native since 2010. She graduated with an Associates in Baking and Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts in 2012.

Makana Jarman was born in Honolulu, HI.  She graduated from the Art Institute of Santa Monica with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts in 2010.  She moved to Portland in 2012 after spending a few years in Los Angeles.

They have worked in the baking industry for almost ten years and have held esteemed positions such as Lead Cake Decorator and Back of House Manager in many bakeries throughout Portland. It was at one of those companies where Helen and Makana met and instantly bonded over their love of Asian and Hawaiian pastries. After working together for four years, they decided to quit their full time jobs and start their own bakery. It’s been an arduous journey, but they are so excited to finally share their dream with you!