Sugar & Slice Cupcakery and Confections is the brainchild of Karen Burks, whose love for creating custom-designed cupcakes fueled her passion to begin her own business. After spending 27 years in the banking industry, Karen decided to give in to her baking addiction, step out on faith and trade the “stressful comfort” of corporate America for the “sweet excitement” of a cupcake shop!

When she began baking as a business, she focused on cakes. In 2012, she discovered cupcakes were becoming much more popular. And why not? They’re fun, fast and offer endless flavor combinations. Using her expert confectionary skills, she began perfecting her top-secret, signature recipes that customers couldn’t get enough of. Soon she opened Sugar & Slice so that she could share her delicious cupcakes with all of Smith Mountain Lake and beyond. In addition to cupcakes, Sugar & Slice offers specialty coffees, breakfast items, muffins, and confections. She also enjoys catering special events such as weddings, anniversaries and grand openings.

Oh, and she still makes delicious and beautiful cakes, but her cupcakes steal the show!