Producer of the Week: MacDougall’s Irish Victory Cakes

Deb Streeter-Davitt talks with a patron at the market about her Irish Victory Cakes. Photo courtesy of Copper Lantern Pictures.

Deb Streeter-Davitt talks with a patron at the market about her Irish Victory Cakes. Photo courtesy of Copper Lantern Pictures.

For Deb Streeter-Davitt, Head Caketress at MacDougall’s Irish Victory Cakes, baking is something much more than precise measurements, baking pans, and oven temperatures. It’s her connection to her dear Great Granddad who was a renowned baker himself.

Deb’s Great Granddad is James MacDowell of the MacDougall clan who hailed from Northern Ireland. At the turn of the last century, he baked and decorated buttery cakes that were sought out by the royals who lived in England, Ireland and Scotland.

“I found Great Granddad’s famous butter cake recipe about 30 years ago and was instantly intrigued with his baking and cake decorating fame throughout the British Isles in the late 1890s to the early 1900s,” said Deb. “He was the original Cake Boss!”

Deb eventually – and unexpectedly – became a “cake boss” herself when the company that employed her downsized its workforce in 2009 amidst the economic downturn. “At this point I thought, what a great opportunity to bring Great Granddad’s legacy alive,” Deb said. “That’s how MacDougall’s Irish Victory Cakes came to be.”

Today Deb is busy making deliciously-flavored cakes and growing her business with the help of her Mom and Dad. “We’re carrying on something truly special in our family,” she said.

Deb works hard to seek out ingredients for her cakes that are local, humane certified and free range. “Not only do we want to make our customers’ day a wee bit sweeter,” she shared. “We also want customers to feel great enjoying their VICTORY knowing that they are supporting local farmers, flour mills, manufacturers and small businesses.”

If you’ve visited MacDougall’s booth at the UM Farmers Market, you know how tasty all Deb’s confections are from the free samples she hands out to patrons. The biggest crowd pleaser at the market, though, according to Deb, is Dassie’s Traditional Cake. “This is Great Granddad’s amazing butter cake dressed and dotted with Wilbur’s chocolate and butter scotch,” Deb said. “I love it, too!”

Deb and her parents have been part of the UM Farmers Market family for many years. “I love the people that work and shop at the UM Farmers Market,” Deb said. “It’s just a joy to be there!” We agree, knowing that our market is more than “a wee bit sweeter” with Deb and her Victory Cakes!

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