Kate Hutchison, owner of Love and Butter Baking Co., welcomed to Shelby

Kate Hutchison always knew she would end up at Shelby. Her husband, Ruffin Hutchison, whose family is from Cleveland County, told her when they were dating that he finally wanted to return to the area.

“I don’t know if Shelby chose me or if I chose Shelby,” Hutchison said.

When she came up with the idea of ​​selling baked goods and cakes, she wasn’t sure how it would be received in the City of Good Living.

Nearly four years later, her Love and Butter Baking Co. has taken off more than she could have expected, saying she had a successful 2021 despite the pandemic.

Hutchison has always had a love for baking, but was a design student in college. After struggling to find work in her field, she chose to use her design skills to make wedding cakes, cookies, and more.

“I haven’t stopped since I got here,” Hutchison said. “It’s so funny because people say Shelby is a tight-knit community. But those were the blessings of the Lord. I met the right people at the right time. I guess they accepted me here as a that reside because they occupied me.

Hutchison works in a commercial kitchen at the back of her house. She offers her services in a variety of ways, including baby showers, birthday cakes, and retirement parties. Looking back on the past few years, she is grateful for all the support she has received. Now the mom-to-be can rest easy knowing her business has a place in Shelby.

“When I was coming home from college break, I was working with a woman who had a commercial kitchen, and I really enjoyed it,” Hutchison said. “She really mentored me and told me I was pretty good at it. Once I started, I let my family and friends be guinea pigs on stuff. I worked on it over time. I’ve always loved cooking, and I think the design skills I learned in college helped me hone everything.

Want to know more?

Visit Love and Butter Baking Co. at

Latrice Williams can be reached at 704-669-3339 and [email protected]