The Carefree Patisserie Story

Carefree Patisserie is a friendly little cupcake shop in Valley Junction, Iowa and the labor of love of sisters Jennifer Strauss and Christine Boelman. Carefree Patisserie opened on October 10, 2006, specializing in gourmet cupcakes, cupcake wedding towers, custom ordered cakes and wedding cakes.

Before becoming known as Des Moines’ “Cupcake Ladies,” Jennifer and Christine refined their cupcake craft in their mother’s kitchen, culinary schools and farmer’s markets. They continued their education on cake sculpting and furthering fondant skills by attending classes at the French Pastry School in downtown Chicago and traveling to North Carolina for an instructional cake and bakery show. Carefree Patisserie has now developed over 101 unique and delicious flavors and produces over 4,000 cupcakes a month, launching the Des Moines area into the artisanal cupcake movement.

In the fall of 2011, Carefree Patisserie expanded the business to a bigger location on the main street of Valley Junction, With the move, Carefree is able to offer a variety of merchandise gifts, and baking supplies for purchase. There is also a party room available to rent for your next birthday or event. Carefree is providing classes and workshops at the new location as well.