I’ll have my cake and eat it too

A couple of weeks ago I took a cake decorating class at a local bakery. We learned how to make an Italian meringue buttercream, how to frost and layer a cake, and then we finished with some piping decorations. All in all, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Not too bad for my first try! Think I need some more practice though.


My interest in cake decorating was spurred by my anniversary cake. For our wedding cake, my husband and I ordered a top tier that we could save for our one-year anniversary. I’d heard that the idea of this was better than the actual result (cake isn’t meant to be frozen for a year!), but I love little traditions like this, so we ordered a tier to save anyway.

Well, during the excitement of our actual wedding day, the top of our cake was not saved. Not a big deal, I thought. I simply reached out to our baker when it was close to our anniversary, and ordered a small, fresh cake in our wedding flavors. (I have to take a minute to offer some wedding advice. Make sure to eat a slice of your cake on your wedding day! I love all things dessert and choosing our cake was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning. The day of, the only bite I got was when my husband and I fed it to each other. When I had our anniversary cake, it was soooooo good! It made me sad that I had waited an extra year to have it!).

Our anniversary cake was so delicious! I practically ate the whole thing myself, my husband really only had a slice or two…and they were small J. Anyway, back to the point. When we did our initial cake tasting, our baker was working out of a house (I am assuming she lived there as well).  She didn’t work for a large bakery, but was the owner of her cake business. The cake tasted awesome, which is why we went with her, but if we were to just drive by, we would have never believed that this was a place where delicious cakes were made. Flash forward a year and a half later to our anniversary, our baker had moved locations. She was now located in a cute store-front in the middle of a quaint downtown space. When I was ordering our wedding cake, I worked directly with the baker, but now she had staff! I ordered our anniversary cake through a new office manager.

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This was our anniversary cake. It was a champagne flavored cake with strawberry preserves and vanilla buttercream frosting. YUM!

I am so impressed/inspired/in awe of everything that our baker had achieved. Not only are her cakes delicious and beautiful, but she was able to turn her passion into a full-fledged business. I love supporting small business owners, and hers is a success story that makes me so happy! Ladies and Gents, if you are planning a wedding in the New Hampshire area, I wholeheartedly recommend Ooo La La Creative Cakes!

I would love to own my own business someday, I’m just not yet sure what it should be. I hope to make some cakes for the holidays, birthdays, and just because days to see if that is something I should pursue.


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