A pastry decorator creates works of art in East Setauket

During the pandemic, small business owners have been looking for ways to grab customer attention. As Valentine’s Day approaches, a local bakery offers an option that stands out from the average box of chocolates.

Rolling Pin’s Kim Carter holds one of the cookies she decorated. Photo by Rita J. Egan

When people first walk into the Rolling Pin Bakery in East Setauket, they spy the shelves of colorful cookies wrapped in individual clear bags. The artwork is created by bakery decorator Kim Carter, who is currently busy baking Valentine’s Day cookies featuring cute couples, colorful lovebirds, adorable animals and more. Every holiday for about eight years, Carter said she offered novelty cookies that customers could buy to give as gifts and Feb. 14 was no different.

When Evelyn Haegele started working at the bakery a few months ago, she was overwhelmed by the talents of her new colleague. Her cookies are “just amazing,” she said. “Everyone is a work of art. I was like, ‘Kim, you really deserve to be noticed.’ »

Carter worked for the bakery, which is owned by David Dombroff, for 13 of the nearly 27 years it was open. The decorator said that as each holiday approaches, she looks for inspiration by searching the internet. She said each cookie takes a different time to create. Making treats involves a few steps, from baking to cutting into different shapes. She then creates backgrounds for each cookie by dipping it in a color she chooses. Once the background is ready, she creates the outline of the cookie and fills it freehand.

A few of the cookies designed by Kim Carter from Rolling Pin Bakery in East Setauket. Photo by Rita J. Egan

“It takes practice and there has to be the right consistency of frosting,” Carter said. “Otherwise it will run or be too soft or too hard to squeeze.”

In addition to cookies, Carter also decorates cakes. Before starting working for Rolling Pin, she worked for various bakeries and has 20 years of experience in the field. Carter’s decorating talent is one that came naturally to him.

“Since I was a kid, I’ve loved art,” she said. “Then one day I said, ‘Hey, I can decorate a cake. I see people doing it. I can do it.'”

Her favorite holiday cookies are the ones she bakes for Easter, Halloween and Christmas, and the decorator said she felt bad about Father’s Day because it’s one of the hard-to-find holidays. themes that would be suitable for a cookie.

The bakery also takes custom orders for parties and showers. Sometimes, says Carter, the shapes are unique, and she creates a temporary cookie cutter out of tin until she can find one to buy.

Haegele said her favorite cookies since she started working at the bakery are Halloween and Christmas cookies, including one that was shaped like a snow globe with sugar that looked like glass.

“What she did was amazing,” Haegele said.

The Rolling Pin Bakery is located at 1387 Route 25A, East Setauket.