Starting from Scratch

For Sara Sneed, owner of The Bashful Tarte in Chatham, baking and performing go hand in hand.

By Lisa Leigh Connors | Photography by Michael and Suz Karchmer

At the new Chatham bakery The Bashful Tarte, located inside Mom & Pops Burgers, you might find owner Sara Sneed creating sand dollars and starfish out of modeling chocolate for a wedding cake or baking red velvet crinkle cookies. Sneed’s many confectionary talents go beyond her custom cakes for weddings and celebrations: She also makes sea salt caramel tartes, lemon bars and cookies; breakfast items such as muffins and scones; buttermilk biscuits to bring home for dinner; and fruit, cream and specialty pies. Originally from Kansas City, where she owned a successful pie bakery, Sneed moved to Cape Cod after she met her husband, Christopher, through a mutual friend. The two settled in Harwich with their combined family of five children.

The self-taught baker, who is constantly experimenting, admits she had never made specialty cakes before opening the Chatham bakery. “I would watch shows, it just looked like fun,” says Sneed. “Sometimes I work from pictures or things just pop in my head.” While she is baking, she is often singing or studying sheet music for local theater roles at Cape Cod Theatre Company in Harwich or The Academy Playhouse in Orleans. “Baking and singing go hand in hand,” says Sneed, whose nickname is Sunshine. “It’s another form of art and it’s how I am happiest.”


The Bashful Tarte
1603 Main St., Chatham