Creating extraordinary cakes isn't something Brooke Palmer set out to do - but as fate would have it, a moment of necessity blossomed into a business of baking unique treats.
"Fourteen years ago my oldest child was turning 1 and I couldn't find anyone to make the cake," she said. Since then the Sweet Bites owner has made everything from simple cake pops to wedding cakes to feed 700.
Palmer said when she is recruited to make a cake, her first question is about the theme of the party or event. "Most people have a general idea of what they want. I take their color scheme, theme and ideas and come up with what I hope is the center piece of their party," she said.
Although she doesn't remember baking much during her childhood, the craft has allowed Palmer to use her creativity as an adult. Two of the cakes she is most proud of are a car replica and a beer barrel cake.
"I made a replica of a car that Ryan Alsup had as his first car for his 40th birthday. That was complete with windshield wipers and a license plate. I also did a beer barrel cake with beer bottles made of chocolate and had them on 'ice' made of sugar crystals," she explained.
Palmer also shared that she made 1,000 cupcakes for the Nashville Rescue Mission and once had the opportunity to make cakes for the band Restless Heart's 30-year-anniversary celebration of being together.
When she isn't in the kitchen, Palmer devotes her time to her family - including her optometrist husband of 17 years, Brady, and their four children, Clay-Alden, 15, Adyson, 14, Watson, 13, and Linden, 11. The two oldest children attend Lebanon High School and the two youngest attend Winfree Bryant Middle School. They also have a shih tzu named Millie and a pet snake named Speedy.
"Family is very important to me ... We as a family golf, play tennis, lounge by the pool, travel a lot and most importantly eat supper together every night."
A woman who Palmer admires is her sister, Clay. "She has had so many obstacles and keeps going. She is a brave and courage soul," she said. "Some of that comes from the great parents we have and the role models they have been to us."