About Us

Erin Sonntag, Owner & Pastry Chef

Erin began making wedding cakes in high school and made her first wedding cake in 2002.  A graduate of culinary programs in both high school (Plymouth Salem) and college (Schoolcraft Culinary Arts), it was meant to be that she would work with food.  She worked at the Kroger bakery in high school, and a short stint as an assistant to Keith Famie's producer for Food Network.  After completing culinary school, Erin joined Kim Sperl  for a full season working at the original Bella e Dolce location in Northern Michigan in 2003, Erin returned downstate to start her first cake company in the Detroit area.  After 9 years, Erin closed her first business to return up north and be full time with Bella e Dolce from 2012-2014.  In those years, Erin and Kim became business partners and plans were being made to expand Bella e Dolce to the Metro Detroit area.  Officially in 2015, Bella e Dolce Cakes was born and serving Southeastern Michigan.
Now with her mom, Katie, by her side... Erin is going into her 5th season serving Metro Detroit.  And that's pretty sweet.

Kim Sperl & Erin

It all started with Kim... she was the original owner and creator of the Bella e Dolce brand in 1997, making cakes in Northern Michigan.  Kim is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Pastry School in Paris.  Erin joined Kim for a 2 week internship in 2002, and then the full wedding season in 2003.  From that point on their bond only grew stronger.  Erin returned for three years in 2012-2014, and averaged 300+ wedding cakes per summer.  In the fall of 2018, Kim officially began her retirement, and though she may not be in the kitchen everyday, you may still see her helping to deliver cakes on Mackinac Island.

Paige Armstrong & Erin

Paige joined the Bella e Dolce team in Northern Michigan in 2011.  After falling in love with her summer job, Paige changed majors from Psychology to Pastry, and followed Kim's steps and attended the Le Cordon Bleu Pastry School in 2012.  Since returning from school, Paige has taken on more and more responsibilities and tasks - from the office to baking and carving intricate cake shapes.  She has become the next generation of Bella e Dolce.  Under Kim's guidance, Paige has been transitioning to the new owner of Bella e Dolce North in 2019.

Our Signature

The Hidden Ladybug

Did you know that we hide a tiny sugar ladybug on all of our cakes?  It's our little signature and a symbol of good luck for our clients.  We have been making hundreds (nay thousands) of ladybugs since Kim started the Bella e Dolce brand in 1997!  Make sure to look for it on your big day!