About Us

Meet Our Superstar Team!

At SweetPea Cakes, each unique dessert is designed to fit your special occasion with highest regard to both taste and creativity. All cakes are made to order, using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. From Valrhona French Chocolates to Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla no ingredient is compromised. Our priority is to enhance your celebration with the perfect cake. We guarantee an unforgettable, unparalleled cake.

Carrie J. Curie


Carrie has been baking sweets to delight crowds for over 25 years. In that time, she found that her signature recipes and artistic talent quickly developed an expanding clientele.To further pursue her passion for cake design, Carrie attended a series of premier cake classes, including classes taught by the famed Colette Peters, of Colette’s Cakes in New York City. Ultimately she began SweetPea Cakes and started working for the Public House Restaurants creating cakes for clients and signature desserts to complement their made-from-scratch menu. Today, as proprietress of the Crystal Lake cake & cupcake boutique, Carrie sets the standard in art, design, and creativity that her customers have grown to love. Get to know her and her amazing team, and you’ll quickly become a huge fan of SweetPea sweets and staff.

Nickie Dean

Head Decorator

After graduating from Indiana University in 2010, joining the SweetPea Cakes team was an easy decision. Nickie’s first experience in the food industry was working at Ambrosia Patisserie while in high school. Helping around the kitchen wherever necessary begun her passion for delicious desserts. At SweetPea, Nickie’s creative side first came out being head baker and developing flavors for specialty cupcakes. Soon, working on fondant cakes with attention to detail became something else Nickie excelled at. With a creative flare and natural love of all things cake, Nickie is an incredible talent that is unmatched in the area. Be sure to visit our gallery to see her divine creations.

Katie Milam

Pastry Chef, Customer Service

Katie was born a baker! Helping her mother and grandmother bake European and American style desserts for all occasions. Deciding to make baking a career, she attended Kendall College in Chicago. At Kendall College, she studied classical french pastries, confections, and cake decorating under highly respected Chicago chefs. Newly graduated with a degree in Pastry Arts, Katie is excited to add her creativity and passion to the Sweet Pea team!