Couple learns lessons in bakery business


Nicole Stropes and her boyfriend Jacob Enk opened Cocoa's Cakery in Trafalgar earlier this year.

Jan. 18, 2014 was a day in the midst of one of the harshest winters Central Indiana had ever seen. It was also the day Nicole Stropes and her boyfriend Jacob Enk opened the bakery, Cocoa’s Cakery, in Trafalgar, to a crowd of family, friends and new customers.

After spending months renovating the former carry-out pizza business, the doors finally opened at 6 a.m. to a throng of waiting patrons. Doughnuts, pies, bread pudding and much more lined the shelves in the glass showcase. All of that baking and time of preparation had finally come to an end. Their new business was officially opened.

Stropes and Enk have been together for more than four years. Trafalgar seemed the likely place to open a bakery that would allow Stropes to use her degree as a pastry arts specialist while still being close to where both she and Enk grew up. After much searching, they found the perfect place, located on State Road 135 near the heart of Trafalgar.

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