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Our History

In the Beginning

Chef April Austin began her career in high school working at the small cafe in her hometown of Garretson, SD called the Red Roost Cafe. It was there where she began as a cook/waitress and eventually began baking cookies and pies for the cafe. She enjoyed cooking and baking there and especially loved listening and talking to the local farmers who would come in for their breakfast and coffee.

After high school graduation, Chef April moved to Mitchell SD and attended Mitchell Technical Institue for Culinary Arts. While in school she worked for "Chef Louis" in Mitchell as a cook and continued working there following graduation. After a couple of years, she longed to be closer to home and decided to move back home to Garretson with plans to eventually move to Sioux Falls. It was then she began working at "The Downtown Club" in Sioux Falls, which was a private members-only restaurant located in the Shriver building.

Chef April eventually made the move to a brand new restaurant being built on the south side of Sioux Falls called "C.J Callaways". She began her career there as a line cook. At C.J Callaways she held many positions in the kitchen and eventually the owner, Mr. James Olson, built her a kitchen exclusively for her use to bake desserts for Pinnicle Hospitality's four restaurants and custom cakes and deserts for clients. Chef April left C.J. Callaway's when the restaurant closed in January 2019, after 20 years of fond memories and LOTS of cakes!



Cakes and Confections by Chef April
After C.J. Callaway's closed, Chef April decided to sieze the opportunity and open her own business and Cakes and Confections by Chef April was born. Located on the east side of Sioux Falls she was able to partner together with Chef Jeni and Company for kitchen space and open her own business. Chef April specializes in cakes of all kinds, Wedding Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Anniversary Cakes as well as desserts for Christmas parties, Graduations, Retirement parties, or just because.


Chef April is able to deliver and set up your Wedding Cake within the Sioux Falls area free of charge. Delivery fees outside the Sioux Falls area vary based on the distance.
cakes@bychefapril.com