About Us

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Amanda Nokes + Christie Ross

photo courtesy of Erik Endress

Inspired by a love of vintage campers and the desire to do something new and unique to better serve customers seeking smaller, more intimate outdoor gatherings, Christie Ross rebranded her custom cake business of more than 10 years, Buttercream & Sprinkles, in February 0f 2021  to create Tin Can Confections + Cocktails.

Christie developed a life long passion for cooking and baking in her Nana’s kitchen right here in Ramsey, learning to cook and bake breads, pies, and other family desserts at the young age of nine. The former owner of a restaurant in the mountains of Western North Carolina, along with more than ten years in the restaurant business , Christie honed her skills cooking and baking for family and friends. Not long after, she developed a loyal following through word-of-mouth in Virginia that led to a full-time custom cake business for more than 10 years, including the last 4 1/2 in Ramsey.  

Christie has volunteered for Icing Smiles and Operation Shower as well as other local charitable events.  She has also been incredibly fortunate to have her work featured in Women's Day Magazine and on several online blogs including Kara’s Party Ideas, Catch My Party, Pretty My Party, and Party Planning Magazine.

Now, she is bringing her passion for bold and eclectic flavors infused with her love of southern fare and all things sweet to this new adventure and has welcomed Amanda Nokes to her team.  

Amanda, a native of Bergen County and  fellow resident of Ramsey, also grew up baking with her mom on the weekends, which led to a passion for baking cookies.  She is the former owner of Manderin Cookie Company in Seattle, WA, where she not only had a thriving  online presence, but also had her delicious cookies  featured in coffee shops throughout the city. Her use of and amazing ability to blend creative and unique flavors, like peanut butter, chocolate, pretzels, and caramel or coconut, toffee, and dark chocolate, made her cookies a sought after local favorite and garnered national accolades, including the #6 spot on Fox News' "America's best chocolate chip cookies" list for her Crazy Love cookie, a scrumptious combination of  dark chocolate chunks, coconut, and toffee.  Amanda does not just limit herself to cookies, though, creating other delicious baked treats including pies, cheesecakes, and  jam bars, which you will surely see on the menu.

Christie + Amanda are souls sisters bonded by sugar, who share a love of all things sweet, and the similar philosophy that baking and good food are the best ways to bring joy and comfort to those around them. They thrive on creativity and believe the food they share with others should be as beautiful as it tastes.  Together, they have created a decadent menu to delight your tastebuds.