Business has been good, ever slow rising, finding a floor, dropping, and rising again. It all mimics the economy in odd ways. As we continue to grow and our customers follow with us they begin to explore our varied menu of chocolate cakes that without a retail front is rather hard to sell.
The Key to Tasting Great
Bill does fantastic cakes; chocolate cakes, fudge cakes, buttercreams and cream cheese icings, but we don’t do fondant. We were having a discussion with our friends over at Down Home Baking who also don’t do things with fondant and our reasoning went hand in hand. The better it looks, the less it’s going to taste.
Chocolate Wedding Cake
We make things with traditions and handmade qualities in mind. While we understand that the niche of high end airbrushed masterpiece-cakes are beautiful to look at, in all of our works we’d rather have it taste better than show better. That is definitely not saying that we don’t show well. Let’s just say we don’t require CAD drawings to executing a masterful and tasty cake.
As Seen on TV
Robin and I were watching one of the cake shows on TV where they go crazy and develop all these highly stylized cakes. We were rather appaled that based on time the cakes base creation only took up like 10% of the show and that the rest of the time was designing it’s exterior on top of fondant. Is that where you really want all your time spent?
The Making of a Great Wedding Cake
We were watching, or as Bill calls it, hovering, during a recent wedding cake and found ourselves amazed at the time inputs that went into the whole process. It’s basically four areas of focus.
- It begins with the client requirements, multiple interviews, pictures, swatches, design call backs and sit downs.
- Then the building of the cake. We clocked him in at over 5 hours of working on the different layers, building up the different icings and fudge.
- Bringing it all together, dowels for support, layers carefully together, getting the exterior just right, then the scroll-work to match dress patterns took another three hours.
- Finally and ultimately the delivery. A slow drive to a country club or hall where every turn makes our heart ache.
All in all you’re talking a very good days work and that was just for one wedding cake. Now when you spend that much passion and time focusing on something you want, don’t you think it’s going to be a divine experience? We do.
Bill likes to say we don’t do wedding cakes, but we do them on request. I find it cute. We do all sorts of cakes and have a blast doing them all. If you find yourself wanting a cake for your wedding and prize taste over conformity then give us a try.