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Located just north of Boston in Wenham, MA, treat cakes & confections is a women owned and operated business.  We have a passion for food and entertaining, and we are dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction.  Our clients have an appreciation for our personal, creative approach in providing an individual dessert, customized display or unique menu for any type of event.   We're both former corporate girls, and although we're many years out of the board room, we maintain a professional, customer-centric mentality.   Together with our kitchen team we're a perfect storm of awesome.  We truly love working with our clients to interpret their needs within our broad culinary and creative skill set.

Kathleen O'Connor is an entrepreneur who started her first company at the age of 22 developing, designing a wholesale a line of children’s clothing.  After selling that company, she worked for various investment companies including Putnam Investments and Citizens Advisers and her jobs included marketing, institutional research and market development.   Kathleen grew up in a family obsessed with food and is an avid home cook.  In the kitchen she is passionate about simple creations using high quality and real ingredients. When she’s not in the kitchen or working on other   treat  business, she manages public relations for her husband’s business, coaches her kids’ sports teams - and when time allows crushes it on the tennis court.  Kathleen  lives in Hamilton, MA with her husband and three children.  

Carol Harlow-Carlson has a creative, entrepreneurial spirit.  Formerly a Vice President & Director at Cyrk, Inc, which at the time was the largest promotional products company in the world.  She specialized in sales, client services and product development.  Carol was a career-changer, graduating from Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in 2001.  She has since focused her creative passion and love of food on building a wholesale and retail pastry business.  Carol is an accomplished personal chef, pastry chef, recipe writer, tester and food stylist.  When she's not in the kitchen she loves to read cookbooks like a novel, travel and have outdoor adventures with her family. Carol lives in Wenham, MA with her husband and two children.



what our
are saying

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We loved working with Carol! She made a delicious variety of treats for our wedding day: a small cutting cake, individual made-to-order strawberry shortcakes, cupcakes, and even some gluten-free sweets. Carol was thoughtful, creative, and easy to work with - a perfect combo!
— Erika & Christian, New York

I have never had a dessert from treat that was anything less than amazingly delicious! You will not be disappointed.
— Allison, Burlington, MA

treat cakes & confections did an amazing job with the cupcakes and cutting cake they made for our wedding. Wow -everyone was amazed at how great they tasted as well as accommodating to people with food allergies. The cake and cupcakes were the best! Everyone loved the variety of flavors we selected and the display was beautiful. The treat staff was super sweet and kind - they delivered all of the desserts to the venue on the day of the wedding and set it all up. We will always recommend these delicious desserts to everyone. Thank you!
— Debra & Brandon, Lynn, MA

I can’t recommend Treat’s treats more highly. Carol’s dessert was the perfect complement to a magical wedding day. All steps of the service went above and beyond my highest expectations. From her thoughtful selections, working within my budget, and delivering the most delicious and beautifully crafted morsels, Treat was truly the icing on the cake! Thank you Treat for your excellence and heartfelt delivery, you were adored by all!
— Laura, Millbrook, NY

I love working with treat. They offer a wide variety, which is key - and work with me to accommodate special orders even when items are not on the menu. Their gluten-free products taste real - you would never know they are gluten-free. Their display is always visually amazing and everything is delicious. Carol and Kathleen are willing to go the extra mile in a pinch and are extremely convenient in offering a range of options - we can pick up, they will deliver to our kitchen, or set up their entire display on-site depending on each situation. They are true professionals, I never hesitate having them meet directly with our clients. It’s a great relationship.
— Jen Sanford, Bonne Bouche Catering

Carol and her team took my dreams of a Willy Wonka extravaganza dessert bar to a reality. My guests raved about all the desserts but especially the cake pops. Not only did every dessert deliver outstanding taste, but the appearance of the entire table was a dream. Carol took the time to work with me to deliver exactly what I wanted and I will be forever grateful for that. Thank you Carol for bringing my dream dessert bar to a reality on the most important and exciting day of my life.
— Casey, North Carolina

One of the spectacular highlights of our wedding were the cakes provided by Carol and the Treat team. The display and variety of cakes drew a crowd. Truly unique and fun! Everyone raved about them that night and for years!
— Lindsey & Tim, Ipswich, MA

Treat Cakes and Confections has been a pleasure to work with. Not only are their pastries delicious, but their customer service is spectacular. I have always felt very accommodated when working with them and our customers love their sweet treats.
— Michelle, Catered Life, Beverly, MA