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Chimere Eaton

Chimere Eaton

Land Management Administration Engineer Chimere Eaton had a feeling that she was onto something big when she started her own dessert business, inspired by her late grandmother, out of her home three years ago.

But it wasn’t until a flight attendant and world traveler tasted one of Chimere’s cheesecakes and called it the best that she had ever had that Chimere knew that she was all in as far as expanding her business.

“At that point I realized that my cheesecakes were the best because they are made with love,” Chimere said, adding that she has her own little secrets about what goes into the smooth crust and extra rich tasting cream for her creations.

Shortly before coming to MDE, Chimere had been in a transition. She had worked for Whitman Requardt and Associates, a Baltimore engineering firm, but wanted to seek other opportunities. She took some time off to teach part time at a school but she also soon discovered that she had a passion for pleasing a person’s sweet tooth.

That came from cooking and baking at an early age and her grandmother showing her how to make her vaunted sweet potato pie. She received so many compliments and encouraging feedback that she was inspired to start selling her desserts. Chimere used those lessons, and her imagination, to create a sweet potato swirl cheesecake.

“The sweet potato swirl cheesecake is my best seller. Now it has become homage to my grandmother,” said Chimere, who reviews documents and landfill plans for MDE.

Chimere started her company “ScrumDeliUmptious” (https://scrumdeliumptious.com) in the spring of 2013. She came up with this name by combining “scrumptious” and “delicious” and she initially just focused on making standard, basic cheesecakes for parties, baby showers, birthdays and class reunions.

Her decision to focus solely on cheesecake transpired from the saturated cake and cupcake market. Chimere knew she would be able to bring something different to the table.

Now, she is making seven different kinds of cheesecake including non-traditional flavors like banana pudding, brownie swirl and sweet potato swirl cheesecake. Chimere’s ideas for new innovative cheesecake recipes come from customer requests and trial and error. She strives to find different flavors that will match well with her special cheesecake base. On her menu you will also find decadent desserts such as carrot cake, lemon bundt cake, red bottoms, black bottoms, and banana nut bread along with sweet potato pie, coconut pie and cheesecake brownies.

Currently, the focal point of Chimere’s business is delivering individual orders in both Baltimore City and County. She also brings her baked products to a number of special events throughout the year. Some of those, like an event called “Over Accessorized, Girls Night Out,” donate some of the proceeds to charity.

“The cheesecakes have been very well received at this event,” Chimere said.

In the future, Chimere plans to have her desserts shipped out of state and sold by wholesalers, restaurants, carryouts, and ultimately supermarkets. In five years she hopes to see ScrumDeliUmptios on the cusp of becoming a worldwide brand. ​