Since the age of six, Anne “Khoobiar” Heap has had a love for baking that was first inspired by her mother. Now, more than twenty years later, Anne is a pastry chef and the founder of Pink Cake Box.
A graduate of Boston College, Anne began her career in Advertising in 2001. Her love for the kitchen continued, and she often treated her colleagues to freshly baked cookies, cupcakes and cakes. She joked that one day she’d own her own cookie shop.
In August 2004, Anne began selling her pastries to a local gourmet specialty shop in town. Soon her love for baking led her to leave her job in Advertising to pursue her dream.
Anne studied Pastry Arts at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, completed an apprenticeship with Ron Ben-Israel Cakes in New York City and then became the head pastry chef at Il Capriccio in Whippany, NJ.
In 2005, Anne officially founded Pink Cake Box, working out of a restaurant kitchen. Less than two years later, her success led to the opening of a store front in Denville, NJ. Since then, Pink Cake Box has grown from a two person operation to a ten person operation staffed with several talented cake decorators and bakers.
Pink Cake Box’s cakes have been featured in Modern Bride, Brides NJ, NJ Bride, InStyle Weddings, Bride & Bloom Magazine, Brides Magazine, People Magazine, Elegant Bride, The Knot Magazine and countless local magazines and newspapers. Anne has also appeared on CNN as a “Small Business Success Story” and “How We Started.” In addition, Anne was included in the “The Art of Wedding Cakes II,” a special produced by Martha Stewart that aired on The Style Network in December 2008. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Anne competed in three Food Network Cake Challenges and in two of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off competitions, winning one of them with her Legoland cake. Additionally, Anne and her team have made cakes for David Tutera’s “My Fair Wedding,” Rachel Ray, Betty White, Maria Sharipova, and Bethenny Frankel, which was featured on Bravo’s “Bethenny Getting Married.”