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!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you make sheet cakes?

 We don't offer sheet cakes, as all of our cakes are torted with four layers of cake and three layers of filling (as shown on our flavors page). We are all about consistency with our cake slices and presentation.

Do you make cupcakes?

 We do not offer cupcakes on our menu, but we do have many delicious alternatives such as Cake Truffles, Macarons, and other pastries. 

Can you ship cakes or samples?

  No. It is against health code regulations for us to ship any food products. We cannot control the shipping environments and  unpredictable transporting.  

When should I book?

  As soon as possible! We take deposits up to 18 months in advance, but popular weekends can book quickly!  While we can take multiple weddings in a weekend, we are limited based on delivery, quantity, and detail of designs.  Smaller events (like birthdays and anniversaries) require a 3-4 week lead time.  Weddings typically need at least 2 month lead time, but availability cannot be guaranteed.

Can my kids come to the tasting?

 Unfortunately, no.  Per health codes, we cannot have children under the age of 16 in our kitchen.  Our tastings occur in our fully functioning kitchen and there are many risks with certain equipment and sanitation.  We are happy to send you home with samples for them to try our cakes.

Common Allergies

 Our bakery offers products with peanuts, tree nuts, milk, coconut, eggs, and wheat. While we take steps to minimize the risk of cross contamination, we cannot guarantee that our products are 100% free of all allergens.  We do offer Gluten Free cakes (chocolate and vanilla) and our buttercream is naturally gluten free.  However, it is made in an environment where it can be exposed to gluten.   We do partner with other GF/DF/Vegan bakeries for these needs should they be severe.