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'Just Desserts' Serves up Cakes to Order, and More

Owner Linda Gourley whips up specialty cakes and desserts from local restaurant kitchen.

For Linda Gourley, baking has been a life-long passion.

Gourley is the owner and chef behind Eldersburg's Just Desserts by Linda, a made-to-order bakery. The shop is not a storefront, but rather bakes each cake or pastry order individually.

A certified pastry chef, Gourley began backing years ago by whipping up creations at home.

"I started out baking for family…about 30 years ago," said Gourley. "It was a passion even in the beginning." 

She tried her hand at making a living at other occupations over the years, but always returned to baking. 

"I’ve held other jobs that paid well but sucked the life right out of me," she admits.

Gourley's no stranger to the retail baking business--nor to Carroll County. "We purchased a bakery in Westminster called Wolf’s Bakery back in 1996," said Gourley. It was located in a shopping center on Englar Road."

The idea for Just Desserts evolved at the end of her walk-in store. The new bakery fully operates from the kitchen of Salerno's restaurant.

"After closing the retail bakery shop in Westminster, we began a search for a commercial kitchen in the area that would be willing to share kitchen time for a fee. We’ve been at the Salerno’s Restaurant location since 2004."

Gourley say the idea of having unique, designed-to-order cakes and and bakery goods is becoming more popular and is a hit in Eldersburg. 

"The community is very receptive of the concept of having custom-designed desserts and cakes available to them locally. We are seeing more “foodies” in the area, which means they can appreciate having a bakery geared toward their more eclectic tastes."

Just Desserts offers a wide variety of baked treats, for a wide variety of events. 

"We create custom designed cakes for all occasions—birthday, shower, wedding, anniversary, graduation. Our specialty is cake sculptures and tiered cakes.  We do desserts, mini pastries, and cupcakes of all kinds.  All our products are made on a pre-order basis, so they are fresh baked, never frozen," says Gourley.

In addition to her own baking, Gourley also encourages local young chefs-in-the-making.

"I judge foods at the county and state fairs. I really enjoy the interaction with the 4-H kids. They get so excited when they talk about their cake project during the interview portion of the judging!"

She also admits to just a few cooking-related "obsessions."

"I am a self-proclaimed Gadget Freak. I’ve collected so many gadgets that I cannot fit them all into my kitchen tool kit.  Also have a good collection of aprons!" she laughs.

But Gourley's her main passion remains making beautiful backed creations. She say she's happy she can do them full-time.

"Now it’s like I’m living the dream…with benefits!"

Contact Just Dessert by Linda 410-848-2133 or through their website for a menu or wedding cake information.

Carl Livesay March 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Often times bakers do a good job decorating or baking. Linda does a great job at both. Our family recommends her strawberry shortcake. It is amazing.
Pamela Peck-High March 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Linda did my wedding cake back in 2006 and it was so beautiful and tasted wonderful. It was a Christmas cake with red poinsettas made from icing and it had 3 different layers of cake with a fabulous buttercream icing. It was perfect. Exactly like I wanted it to be. She even came to my place of business with 12 different cupcakes so I could taste and choose. I always reccommend her to everyone. Thanks Linda!!!!
Jackie Good March 23, 2012 at 07:40 PM
LInda's cakes are always amazing.... she is my "go to" girl for every event I cater both professionally and personally. If you want a taste of heaven on earth, order her Chambord cake with chocolate ganasche - on my!!!!
Linda M Gourley March 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Thank you, Carl!....how Sweet of you to comment : )
Linda M Gourley March 24, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Pam, I remember meeting at your salon for the consultation/tasting. We had fun! Thank you for the compliments...I appreciate it. Can't wait visit your new location in Eldersburg. Please keep me posted. linda@justdessertsbylinda.com
Linda M Gourley March 24, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Hi, Jackie: Thank you for the high praise : ) What can I say, you have ordered so many different types of cakes that you have become the Cake Connoiseur! It's always a pleasure serving your events.
Main Street Matters March 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Linda is incredibly talented. Her desserts are delicious and she can execute any concept in cake. And her giving spirit is as wonderful as her desserts are. There is simply no one better. Our community is lucky to have her.


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