Baking dreams come true
Carbonear native to open hyper-local bakery shop in Alberta
When Carbonear native Leah Slade was four years old, she received a child’s play oven. That oven would be the start of a lifelong dream.
After learning to make mini cakes and selling them to her great-grandmother for a dollar, a young Leah knew she would continue her enterprise. In the summer, she would even bake outside.
“I would bake out on the patio, with the extension cord snaked out the window,” she told The Compass from her home in Alberta. “Humble beginnings.”
When she was in Grade 7 her class took a trip to St. Pierre, where she found the love of her life, a raspberry tart.
After hoarding all the tarts she could to take back to Carbonear, disappointment set in when she found they were destroyed en route.
“Once I went to culinary school, I realized they were so easy to bake,” she laughed.
The 29-year-old attended the Culinary Institute of Canada studying culinary and pastry arts. She also has a degree in business. Pastries are her specialty.
She looks back on those early days, knowing they shaped her passion for baking. For years she has wanted to open her own pastry shop, and she finally has the opportunity to follow through.
Last April, Leah and her fiancé Pierre began the preparations to begin building the bakery — Mousse Cake Sally in Kneehill County, Alta.
“It was surreal at the beginning when we started breaking ground,” she said. “Once I saw