- Cakeable Charlotte was founded in 2019 as a way to equip persons who have disabilites with specific and transferable job skills. Our founders, teachers, and Board of Directors are passionate about maximizing every person’s capabilities and bridging the disability employment gap.
We believe that baking is an employable skill that brings people together, and we envision Cakeable as a place where our students learn meaningfully, contribute purposefully, and move confidently into opportunities which enhance independence and inclusion.
CAKEABLE CHARLOTTE INC IS A 501(C)(3) NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION IN CHARLOTTE, NC.
TAX ID # 83-4376823.
Cakeable Charlotte is approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to bake, distribute, and sell baked goods out of the Sweet Spot Kitchen, 4412 Monroe Road, Suite D, Charlotte, NC, 28205. Please follow our Facebook page to see updates about our pop-up events, markets, and bake sales!
John and Renee Ratcliffe founded Cakeable Charlotte in 2019. Renee is a Charlotte native who holds a BA in Special Education and a MA in Counseling. In addition to her years of experience baking for friends, family and large events, Renee formally received her ServSafe Manager Certification, completed a course in Bakery Business Fundamentals from Central Piedmont Community College, and received a People’s Choice Award from the North Carolina chapter of the International Cake Exploration Society. From their early married years, John and Renee have been active in local and global ministries which serve families affected by disability. John and Renee’s daughter, Caroline, is a student majoring in early childhood education at Anderson University and is active in Cakeable classes and events when she is home.
Michael McDowell, Board Member, is a Charlotte, NC native and a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College and Montreat College. He is a member of Carmel Baptist Church and has worked as a painting contractor for 35 years. Michael has been armried to Deena for 27 years, and they have two children, Joseph and Deveny. Serving people with disabilities and their families is one of Michael’s passions, and he has worked with the Joni and Friends Ministry in North Carolina and Tennessee for 11 years.
Deena McDowell, Board Member, grew up in West Palm Beach, Fl and moved with her family to North Carolina in 1985. She is a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College and has worked as a physical therapist assistant for 33 years. Deena is a longtime member of Carmel Baptist Church and has been married to Michael for 27 years. They have two children, Joseph and Deveny. Deena has a heart for missions and people with disabilities, and she has served with the Joni and Friends ministry for 11 years in the Dominican Republic, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Molly Foy, Board Member, was born and raised in Waynesville, NC, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway. She has lived in the Charlotte area for close to 35 years and spent the majority of her career in banking, working in several roles within Private Wealth Management including Tax Compliance and Personal Trust Administration. She has spent the rest of her career in Public Accounting as a Personal, Small Business, and Charitable income tax specialist. Molly’s passions are faith, family, food, and music. She loves going on mission in her home community and abroad. She is currently an active member of the church planting team at Redeemer Church of Weddington, NC.
Cakeable Charlotte currently holds classes for registered students in the Sweet Spot Kitchen in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Charlotte. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our student wait list or our volunteer wait list.
A Piece of Cakeable is our quarterly newsletter which shares updates about our students’ activities and accomplishments, plus news about pop-up events, bake sales, and volunteer opportunities.