Donna Foster is passionate about many things, including her faith, family and teaching kids. However, from her childhood days, baking cakes has always held a special place in her heart.
“It’s something that I enjoy and relaxes me. It’s a natural gift. It reminds me of my childhood and some of the good times that I had,” said Foster. “As a young girl, I watched and helped my mother bake cakes. She would always save a little batter for me so that I could make a cake for myself in my Easy Bake Oven. I vividly remember helping her make her strawberry and pineapple cakes. I enjoyed those days.”
As a child she also received a great deal of training from a neighbor, Inez Royster, who she credits as being just as instrumental in her passion and flare for baking.
The older she became, she says she was allowed to help more in the kitchen. The moments she spent with her mom and neighbor left indelible marks on her life and taught her the rudiments of baking, even to the point of how to properly use cake pans.
Although she continued to bake as she got older, it wasn’t until four years ago that she revisited her hobby on a consistent basis. She started out making cakes for close family and friends during the holidays, but as word spread and people craved her delicious desserts it became apparent that the natural next step was for her to turn her true love into a business.
Two years ago, Foster began Bundtsations. The business model is simple. She serves up delicious, from-scratch, bundt and pound cake delicacies with, as she puts it, “lots of love in each bite.”
“It is my goal to give my customers a sweet sensation (hence the name Bundtsations) as they partake of my luscious cakes,” she said.
While Foster says baking cakes takes her to a place of tranquility, it also transports her to a time that she loves to revisit. She believes she’s serving up a bit of the wonderful memories of her own childhood, and that is very important for her as well.
“I always want to embrace those memories and pass the sweet sensations on to others through the cakes that I bake,” she said.
The self-proclaimed country girl from Oxford, North Carolina, apparently knows what she is doing when it comes to her cakes. The surge in her clientele list tells the tale. The urging of her customers to turn her every-now-and-then cakes into a full service was beyond her ability to say no. She had to oblige.
Foster’s cake repertoire is deliciously varied, and includes what most would consider being standard flavors such as lemon, strawberry, pineapple and vanilla sour cream. However, her imagination and range has expanded, to her clients’ delight, to include flavors such as Pina Colada, five-flavor, honeybun, coconut, red velvet, Oreo, Snickers, rum, peanut butter, Seven-up, German chocolate, chocolate, caramel and cotton candy. Her list is extensive and includes much more. Not only does she have a list for customers to choose from, but she’s also up for the challenge of creating new, exciting and of course delicious recipes.
Foster loves and appreciates the great support she receives from her customers, and is grateful for the love and rearing of her parents, but she admits, her backbone and strongest supporter, who also happens to be the love of her life, is her husband, Timothy Foster Sr. The couple have two children, Timothy and Trinity. She says she sincerely appreciates her husband for his unconditional love and support in all of her endeavors.
If cake baking isn’t enough, Foster is also a full-time fourth grade teacher with Guilford County Schools. Teaching is her other passion. She loves it so much that after obtaining her undergraduate degree in psychology from North Carolina A&T State University, she tasted of the education field as a teachers assistant and decided to return to her alma mater to receive certification in elementary education. After over a decade in the profession she obtained a master’s degree in school administration and looks forward to becoming a school administrator in the future.
Operating in what some would consider dual professions – culinary and education – Foster is also looking forward to expanding Bundtsations too. She looks to build her customer base by doing one simple thing – continue to deliver the sweet treats they want with the excellent service that she demands of herself. Whatever opportunities and doors are opened unto her, she is excited to walk through them.