About Miscellany Cakes

From Business Analyst to Confectionary Artist!

Having grown up in Dublin and with a background in finance, Sarah is now happily and creatively baking and supplying cakes from a unit that has family and retail history.

There are many locals that will remember the Main Street Portlaoise Shop under its previous guises as O’Sullivan’s and subsequently Miscellany Gift Shop. The former was owned and run by Sarah’s grandparents, while the gift shop belonged to Sarah’s aunt Molly.

With the opening of Miscellany Cakes, our founder Sarah Walsh has turned her dream of creating delicious and elegantly designed cakes into a reality:

My first ever creative cake was for my nephews first birthday almost a decade ago!

Baking for family and friends became a new passion and it wasn’t long before I wanted to progress from self-taught cake decorator to invest in my professional training. A leap of faith had me resign from a career in Financial Services to enrol at the Bonnie Gordon College in Toronto and what an amazing experience it was! I learned from renowned pastry chefs and qualified as a Confectionary Artist.

I was fortunate to be selected for internship and learn first-hand from world famous cake designer Ron Ben-Israel in New York. Now based in the town of Portlaoise, I’m delighted to be bringing my designs to the Midlands and to be opening my cake shop in my Mum’s hometown, in a premises that’s full of family history. Happy customers are key for me and my passion is in perfecting every detail so that my cakes look every bit as good as they taste! Sugar flower decorations are my absolute favourite to make and I relish in the intricate, delicate techniques that bring them to life.


“Thank you so much for the delicious wedding cake, it looked and tasted great – exactly what we had hoped for!”

Aoife and Clive

“I’ve had two cakes created by Sarah. One a red velvet and the other a hazelnut mocha with Baileys buttercream. Both cakes were amazing! If you’re thinking of birthday or wedding cakes, I highly recommend Miscellany Cakes.”

Liz Anne

“Best vegan cake I’ve ever tried! Thank you so much – anyone who was lucky enough to get a slice loved it!”


“I got my daughter’s Minnie Mouse sculpted birthday cake in Miscellany Cakes. It was absolutely beautiful looking, such detail and tasted amazing. Will definitely be back thanks again.”


“The cake was melt in your mouth scrumptious, everyone loved it and it was devoured! Sarah is so talented at her craft and I’m looking forward to sampling more of her treat!”


“My whole family absolutely loved your vegan chocolate cake. We couldn’t believe there were no eggs or dairy in it. We are looking forward to try another flavour for our next celebration.”


“Thank you for the lovely cake it was really so tasty and light and everyone complimented it on the night”.


“Thanks so much for the fabulous cake. So many people asked where we got it, so fresh, so tasty and amazing looking! It really made such an ocaasion of James’s first birthday!”


“Thank you for making Dan’s day with the cake you made. It made him so happy. As with all of your cakes it was delicious and the design was really out of this world”.