Meet Linda Richards: Tallahassee's Cupcake Queen

By: Lee Gordon
By: Lee Gordon

Not everyone has the time to give back, but those who do deserve to be honored for their good deed.

That includes Linda Richards who's generosity knows no bounds. And her cupcakes have put smiles on peoples faces for years.

Linda Richards knows her way around the kitchen. For the past 18 years, she's been the owner of the Cake Shop in Tallahassee. A one stop shop for anyone with a sweet tooth.

"I've been baking all my life with my dad in the restaurant business. I grew up in it," said Linda Richards, owner of the Cake Shop in Tallahassee.

Her cupcakes are heavenly, but so is her generosity. On any given day, Richards receives between 15-20 requests for free cupcakes.

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"You can't do everything, you want to do your part."

And no one can ever say Linda Richards doesn't give back. Just some of the beneficiaries of her baked goods are the Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society, Heart Association, and so many more.

Judy Meggs and Grace Lawhorn walk the lonely halls of the oncology unit at TMH. But they aren't alone. Underneath the cloth are Linda's goodies. Every Monday, for the past six years, the Cake Shop has donated sweets to cancer patients.

"Linda doesn't get to see the joy that she brings, so that makes a very special person that's able to donate and not be there to see the good deed she's doing."

For most of the patients the tea cart is the highlight of their day. A chance to break up the monotony of chemo and radiation, a chance to indulge in a little chocolate, sip a cup of coffee, and enjoy the good life, if only for a little while.

"It helps to give some dignity back to the patients up here going through so many things that rob you of your dignity," said Grace Lawhorn who works on the tea cart at TMH.

Back at the Cake Shop, just a few miles from TMH, Linda works on her latest creation. Her cupcakes have helped support her family. They've also supported other families...families who have never met Linda Richards but will always remember how she made them feel.

"She's a one in a million person. She really gives all."


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  • by RON & LESLIE Location: FT. MYERS, FL. on Oct 8, 2010 at 03:26 AM
    CONGRADS LINDA, RON TALKS ABOUT YOUR CHOC.CHIP COOKIES ALL THE TIME, WE WILL HAVE TO STOP BY THE NEXT TIME WE GO UP THAT WAY. LESLIE AND RON RICHARDS
  • by Marina Location: Tallahassee on Aug 20, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Great story about Linda and The Cake Shop. I am not surprised that she is quietly giving on a consistant basis. We look forward to birthdays in my house just because we RUN to The Cake Shop and bring home the amazing treats for our celebration. Keep up the great work Linda. Muuaahh!
  • by friend of linda Location: tallahassee on May 20, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    Thank you WCTV for doing a story on Linda. She deserves all the good karma that she receives. She doesn't like to take credit for all she does and it's nice to see someone acknowlege it.
  • by Tally Girl Location: 850 on May 20, 2010 at 05:32 AM
    The Cake Shop is amazing and so is Linda!! I have had her make my birthday cakes for as long as I can remember!! Thank you Linda, for all you do, Tallahassee loves you!!
  • by Don Location: FCI Tallahassee on May 19, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    Linda is a loving and giving person, we have been faithful customers since the begining. If you want to know how good her baking is just walk in the door and the smell of fresh bakery goods will knock you over, her cakes are the best, so is ererything else she bakes !! Don & Dawn
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