What we do
The Cake Courtesan creates luxury Wedding & Event Cakes, and Sweet Tables for all types of social and corporate events. With an eye for designs that are far beyond the ordinary, my focus is on using the latest industry trends and techniques and use fashion, jewelry, stationary and florals as our inspiration. My favorite designs are providing cakes that have both a personal meaning and tell a story about the couple or recipient.
Why we went into food
I decided to go into cake design to provide the area with a cake designer who not only focused more on quality than quantity, but also who was able to provide designs that were more trendy, or current in style and technique. I spent many years training and mentoring with some of the best cake designers in the industry. Secondly, I take the time to get to know my clients and provide them with not only sketches, but mock-ups and partial design elements until they can get a completely unique design that they are 100% thrilled with. I don’t have a pick by picture/pick by number type approach. Everything I do is completely custom and one of a kind.
What we have learned
I have learned to not apologize for my style. I get asked if I can do simple cake designs, and although I can – and I will, I do prefer to have customer’s see that I can do way beyond the ordinary and have them extend the boundaries of the traditional. And secondly, that taste is equally as important as appearance. I love when I am told that there wasn’t enough because so many guests went back for seconds. I strive to ensure that my flavor profiles add an element of surprise to their taste buds.
What we love
I love, love, love the creative aspect of cake design! Each creation is an opportunity to either try something new, or one-up a design that I have already done. I find it exciting when a customer tells me their story, and I can interpret it into a unique cake. That is what I love the most about wedding cakes. As each couple is different, I love to bring elements that represent the uniqueness of their union in the design, in either big or small ways. I’ve done things as simple as putting fish tacos on a wedding cake, to making a cake shaped like a movie reel with photos of the recipients life coming down the cake – and it was all edible!
What is next for us
I’ve done the brick and mortar thing ~ twice! It is something that is definitely not for me to do again. The day-to-day making of products for walk-in sales was pretty stressful for me and my family. My ideal goal would be to have a closed, private kitchen where I can solely focus on producing bigger cakes. Right now, I love being at Union Kitchen as I have a work-life balance and can put my attention towards creating cakes with a high level of detail and personalization, and not worry about getting as many cakes out the door as quickly as possible. And what makes you happier than doing what you love?