Natalia Roman and Andrea
Metzger, owners of Crumby Art Bakehouse, attend Comic
GROVE — Natalia Roman and Andrea Metzger, best friends
and owners of Crumby Art Bakehouse & Cakery, put a fresh
spin on their sweet treats, made from scratch — they
celebrate all things nerdy.
bakery, 890 Elm Grove Road No. 105, is decorated to
reflect the owners’ tastes. Roman is a comic book and
science fiction fan; Metzger enjoys literature and Harry
combined our geekisms,” said Roman.
owners both contribute their talents to the bakery.
Roman is the sugar artist, decorating cakes, cookies and
cupcakes, while Metzger bakes and develops recipes.
Cakes decorated with comic book and pop culture figures
such as Spiderman, Batman, and the chunky grey Pusheen
cat, are par for the course at Crumby Art.
Roman said the creative freedom she has is an appealing
aspect of her profession. “I consider myself more of an
artist than a cake decorator,” she said.
Both women are selftaught. Roman, who has an art
background, became intrigued by sugar art and working
with fondant, an edible mold used to make decorations,
after watching a reality show on wedding cakes.
Crumby Art cakes are often inspired by fantasy and
science fiction characters. This unicorn cake is a
testament to owner Natalia Roman’s creativity and love
of these genres.
baked and decorated cakes from her home kitchen, taking
orders from family and friends, for seven years prior to
teaming up with Metzger, a home baker herself.
pair opened the Elm Grove bakery in 2016.
“When we opened up, it was a push for both of us to
learn along the way,” said Roman.
said at first, Elm Grove residents were a bit confused
by the niche bakery, but they warmed up to them.
Business has been going well.
Besides their retail space, Metzger and Roman are
familiar faces at events such as Milwaukee, Madison and
Chicago Comic Cons, selling themed, hand-decorated sugar
Natalia Roman, a sugar
artist, hand-decorates cookies for special events. These
cookies were sold at the 4th Annual Garden and Gears
Steampunk Faire at the Mitchell Park Domes.
Metzger melds unusual ingredients to create distinct
cookies, as well as updating classics such as chocolate
chip. Roman feels her partner is innovative and works
well under pressure.
Although the Spicy Machete, a habanero pepper and white
chocolate cookie may sound odd, it’s the bakery’s
best-selling one, according to Roman.
bakery makes a variety of cupcakes and cake flavors with
an array of fillings, including white chocolate
raspberry cream cheese, and candied bacon cream, and
offers gluten-free vanilla and chocolate cake options.
Bakery party packages for children and teens include
cake and cookie decorating, and an introduction to food
Roman wants readers to know, however, that Crumby Art
isn’t just a kids’ spot. Adults can sip a coffee with
their bakery items while enjoying free Wi-Fi.
are a fun people place. It’s a great hang-out spot for
kids and adults alike,” she said.