wedding cakes

Anatomy of a Cake

Creating wedding cakes and specialty cakes is a complicated, multi-step process.



It requires a large helping of patience…



many cupfuls of creativity…


and several tablespoons of experience come in handy too. Barbara Brugge, one of our expert cake designers pictured here, was trained at the prestigious California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.













But all the hard work is worth the pleasure of that first full view of the finished product, and the smile of delight on our clients’ faces!

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Weddings: We’ve come a long way baby! Wedding Cakes, Wedding Welcome Gifts, Candy Tables, Dessert Tables, and Bridal Shower Favors


Wedding Welcome Gift Box

Weddings have come a long way from the old days. The simple church wedding followed by a reception in the local community hall are less and less frequent. While there was a great appeal to the simplicity of those occasions, today’s modern weddings offer the opportunity for artistic exploration.


Proposal Cake

In California, with our perennial mild weather and exceptional vistas, we play host to some extraordinary nuptial celebrations.  Throw in the fact that we’re smack dab in the middle of glorious wine country, and the Santa Ynez Valley becomes one of the West Coast seats for sensational weddings. We’re not sure that Lady Mary of Downton Abbey’s wedding held sway over some of the weddings in which we’ve been privileged to participate!

As Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley are ideal vacation destinations, we see many brides and grooms from out of the area hosting their weddings here. Often times, the couple will provide wedding welcome packages or gifts for their out-of-town guests. This is a lovely (and decadent!) way to greet weary travelers as they check-in to their hotel rooms.


Treats for the weary traveler


Wedding Favors

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Wedding cake favors

Another tasteful touch is a personalized wedding favor with the bride and groom’s initials or nuptial crest. The colors and style of the wedding are typically incorporated into the design.  The same idea goes for the pre-wedding bridal showers. Who doesn’t like to dive into that tasty little something after you kick off those high heels and call it a night?

And of course, the crowning achievement is the wedding cake. Fortunately, for creative bakers like us, every bride has her own vision for her wedding cake. We have the pleasure of working directly with the bride (and groom!) to transform her dreams into sweet reality. From the simple and elegant, to the ornate and splashy, we get to tap into our inner artist to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces reflective of our client’s personality.

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Wedding Cake Dessert Table, The Solvang Bakery

Wedding Cake Dessert Table – Beautiful Winery Wedding in Santa Ynez


Monogram wedding favors

If you’re in that in-between stage…you’ve been married for a while, as have most of your friends, and you haven’t attended a wedding recently…you may not be up to speed on one of the latest fashions in wedding celebrations – the candy table and/or dessert table.

While the wedding cake releases our inner artist, the candy tables and dessert tables release our inner child. It’s Willy Wonka meets Martha Stewart, and we lap up every minute of it. Bride and groom declare their favorite confectionary fantasies and we “cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two”. The result is a fanciful dessert paradise.


Wedding Crest Favors

Are you ready to start planning your dream wedding?  Give Melissa a call at (805) 218-2066 or email her at

How about you? Tell us about unique wedding cakes and favors that you’ve seen! We love new ideas!

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