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Jackie Headapohl I Managing Editor
Left: Olga was learning
a new lace technique
and wanted a way to
showcase exactly what
she was capable of
producing. Based on
ideas from a number
of brides, she made
this fantastic lace
and pearlized flower-
designed wedding cake.
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Iga Lampcov has always been an artist
at heart. Born and educated in Russia as
a power station electrical engineer, she
moved to Baltimore, Md., 15 years ago to live with
her grandmother before meeting her husband, Marc,
a sales engineer for a software company, on J-Date
and relocating to his hometown of West Bloomfield.
Up until two-and-a-half years ago, Lampcov had
never baked a cake, but the stay-at-home mom
wanted to bake something special for son Ehren's
third birthday. She created a Thomas the Tank
Engine cake that was a huge hit with guests. Little
did she know, that train cake would launch her on
her own personal journey to "finding her bliss."
"I absolutely loved baking it," said Lampcov, who
had finally found the outlet for her artistic tenden-
Soon after the "Thomas" cake, she began get-
ting calls from friends and family wanting cakes for
special occasions. "It really turned into something,"
Six months later, overwhelmed with requests, she
and her husband launched their own specialty bak-
ery - first renting out space at a commercial kitchen
in the back of a Greek restaurant.
"Nine months after she baked her first cake, she
got a call from the Food Network, who had seen her
work online," said her proud husband, Marc. "Olga
made it into the second round of their baking chal-
After sharing space with a bakery in Berkley,
the Lampcovs opened their new bakery in West
Bloomfield in September of last year, Baked
Impressions (formerly known as Olga's Creations) on
Walnut Lake Road and Inkster. Business is booming,
say the couple, who produced 100 wedding cakes
last year and expect to bake 115 more this summer.
"And I never bake the same cake twice," Lampcov
Lampcov works with brides-to-be to create a
one-of-a-kind original. "I never want a couple to see
their cake at someone else's wedding," she added.
By looking at the bride's invitations, colors, dress
pattern and finding out about their personal style,