After 21 years making kosher wedding cakes in San Francisco, Maralyn Tabatsky has retired.
After 21 years making kosher wedding cakes in San Francisco, Maralyn Tabatsky has retired.

San Francisco kosher wedding cake baker says goodbye

For 21 years, Maralyn Tabatsky has been providing wedding cakes and desserts to San Francisco’s kosher community under the name “Have Your Cake.” As of this month, she has retired.

The former special-ed teacher has been in the business for 29 years, becoming kosher-certified in 1996. Most recently she was certified by Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi of Congregation Chevra Thilim and was baking out of the shul kitchen.

“It’s time, I’m just ready to,” she said.

Her retirement comes on the heels of another retiring Jewish community icon, Bob Jaffe, who sold his kosher Grand Bakery in Oakland.

Tabatsky describes a highlight of her career as “the people I’ve been able to meet and work with, both as colleagues and clients.” And, she notes, “it’s a wonderful way to be creative.”

She isn’t sure who will fill the void for kosher cake needs. “I’ve put the word out that I’d sell my business, but no one has come forward.” The kosher part of the operation accounted for less than 50 percent, she said.

“I do feel badly about that, that there’s no one else doing it, but there aren’t that many kosher weddings in the Bay Area. But there are some, and it’s sad to think they can’t have a cake.”

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Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."