Elise richer

Owner and Chief Baker


Elise Richer is the owner and founder of Tin Pan Bakery.

A long, long time ago, she lived in Washington, DC, where she worked as a policy analyst for a think tank. But instead of scatterplots and line graphs she had cookies on the brain. She decided to make a career switch and began baking at a start-up cake shop in DC’s U Street corridor.

With her whisk and apron, she moved to Portland in 2003. After a few years at a local bakery cafe, it was time to venture into business on her own.  She launched Cream & Sugar from her home, baking celebration cakes to order, selling items at the Portland Farmer’s Market, and to local coffee shops. 

Elise is excited to realize a life-long dream of opening a storefront bakery.  

Elise is author of the cookbook, Always in Season for local publisher Islandport Press.