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Cinita Ray’s fabulous creations are essentially mini-edible sculptures, which are all crafted by hand in her kitchen in Jersey City, New Jersey. Cinita’s imaginative style to cake baking and kooky creations have earned her somewhat of a cult status within her family and community. Not bad for someone who only started baking 5 years ago on a bet.

She Bakes Cheesecakes

Interview by Carolyn Gaither Ellis • Photos by Janice Colina

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RazorsEdge Magazine: How did you start SheBakesCheesecakes and where did you get the fabulous name? Cinita Ray: I started baking when my children’s father came home with a cheesecake that looked like it was thrown together. So I bet him I could bake a better cheesecake. The first cheesecake I baked was my signature Banana Pudding Cheesecake. The name SheBakes-Cheesecakes came about one day while trying to figure out a name and I was thinking what best describes me and what I do. I tried to hear

people talking about my work and I could hear people saying, “Wow she bakes delicious cheesecakes.” SheBakesCheesecakes! It just popped in my head. REM: Is this a full time business? CR: For now, this is a part-time, I still work a regular 9 to 5. REM: You are so busy, how do you manage staff? CR: I do have a very small staff which consists of Jahan Ralph, Baker and Decorator, and my business manager, Deondra

Williams. We are planning on expanding in the very near future. REM: What other services do you provide? CR: We also provide catering and party planning. We are looking to expand into providing party favors soon. REM: Your sense of design and style is amazing. Do you have a background in art or design? CR: No, I have absolutely no background in design. This is just a God-given talent. Spring 2011 | RazorsEdge Magazine | 23