TWIN FALLS • For Jayne Fischer, cake decorating has sparked her interest since she was a child.
She remembers looking through the glass of a cake case at desserts when she was about 5 years old.
“It intrigued me so that when birthdays and different things came around, I wanted to create that for other people,” Fischer said.
And her goal became a reality. Now, Fischer is the owner of The Cookie Basket, located in a 106-year-old building in downtown Twin Falls.
Times-News readers voted The Cookie Basket as the best bakery.
Fischer has been baking for years. When she was 19, she started working for Albertsons and learned about baking on the job.
“Eventually, I was asked to fulfill a cake-decorating position,” she said, and it was an opportunity to refine her technique.
Fischer spent 24 years working for Albertsons, including five years as a manager. Then, she took six months off to spend time with her parents.
A new opportunity arose when she started as a baker at The Cookie Basket in 2002. Less than one year later, she bought the store from the owners.
The business sells cookies and delivers gift baskets all over the Magic and Treasure valleys. Fischer said products can also be shipped “all over the world.”
Store employees also make sugar-free cookies and offer sugar-free candies that aren’t made in the store.
When Fischer started working at The Cookie Basket, she incorporated cakes into the product lineup. Those include dessert-style cakes, as well as specialty cakes for a variety of occasions.
“Our cake sales have just blossomed into wonderful things,” she said.