An explosion of all things strawberry awaits you this Valentine’s Day at Kneading Sweets Bakery.

“We will have chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry-topped cheesecakes, and fresh strawberry croissants,” said co-owner and baker Kim Fairweather. “We’ll also have truffles, rum balls, fruit tarts, cookie platters, and a lot more Valentine’s Day items.”

While loved ones can always come in and shop for their sweets on Feb. 14, the owners recommend ordering early. “People can place their orders anytime they want,” said Kim, “but the earlier the better to ensure that you get exactly what you want.”

Founded in June 2018, by bakers Kim Fairweather and Monica Lawson, Kneading Sweets Bakery was opened to satisfy the community’s sweet tooth and spread a little joy in the world. “We want to make everybody happy,” said Kim. “We’re just trying to make the world a better place one cupcake at a time.”

With more than 80 years of combined baking experience, Kim and Monica met while working at Publix and instantly connected. “We met and realized that we both had the same passion for baking,” said Kim. “Monica had a very successful wedding-cake business, and my specialty was making cheesecakes and catering. We had worked for other businesses for so many years, and we said, ‘We can do this on our own.’” 

Now the owners of Kneading Sweets, Kim and Monica are finding the joy in baking again. “This business has brought the fun and excitement back to baking,” said Kim. “We can create whatever we want.” 

One of those creations includes their most popular item, the Kilimanjaro cheesecake.

In addition to Valentine’s Day, Kneading Sweets makes treats for all occasions, caters any type of event, and also makes wedding cakes. “We can start off making your wedding cake,” said Kim, “then your anniversary cake, then move on to your baby-shower cake, and go all the way up to your child’s Sweet 16 cake — it’s a circle of life, and we do it all!”

Kneading Sweets Bakery is located at115 E. Rich Ave. in DeLand. Their hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To learn more about Kneading Sweets or to place an order, call 386-882-2253 or visit