Rum cake maker moves its operations to Shelton site

A rum cake manufacturer has moved its operation to downtown Shelton.

Lighthouse Rum Cakes will hold a grand opening for the public at its facility, 480 Howe Ave., on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The location is between Bridge Street and White Street (on the Coram Avenue side).

The grand opening will include prizes, music and free rum cake tasting all day, according to publicity material. Visitors will be able to see how the process of combining rum and cake is done, with a full view of the kitchen and assembly line.

Won food competition

Owners Jon and Michele Vallee began the company in 2012, after previously winning the Titanium Chef Competition for three years in a row (this included wins in the dessert category and the overall competition category).

The family-owned company sells its products — which includes several flavors of rum cakes as well as gourmet cookies, chocolate and caramel popcorn — at retail shops across New England. It can make custom-favored rum cakes for weddings or parties.

The owners also promote Lighthouse Rum Cakes at food trade shows and boat shows, according to the company’s website.

‘Individually prepared’

“Each cake is individually prepared using only the finest farm-fresh ingredients and a secret blend of perfectly aged spiced rums,” according to publicity material. “Everything is baked from scratch and most come from very old family recipes that have been enjoyed for years.”

Jon and Michele Vallee said they are excited to participate in the growth and success of Shelton. “We look forward to becoming a tradition in your family and part of the community,” the Vallees said.

Learn more about the company at its website,