What does ‘magic’ mean to you?
For me, it can be whimsical, organic, surprising, or even austere—a diaphanous wisp of rice paper or a chemical explosion of sugar. It reverberates and touches me at any moment, in a variety of unexpected forms, enlivening even the softest moments with a gentle sparkle. I want to nurture it in all aspects of my life, and it’s an important part of my work. I want to convey it in the piece I create for you, just as I want you to experience the downy of magic in the culmination of all your planning and anticipation.
I was born sensitive and playful in San Francisco in 1981. After a formal art background, a mural-painting business, and a B.A. in Cognitive Science, I started my cake studio in 2006, then concurrently returned to school for a M.A. in Psychology. I’m often asked if and how my master’s degree contributes to my cake business. I find it extremely relevant to my work and life, in part because it’s now part of my identity, a trained tool of sensitivity. This influences the creative process both in making cakes and working with real people.
I believe there is a certain degree of readiness necessary to become an artist. Rules are for students to hone skills; when I found I was ready to challenge tradition and convention, that's when I found freedom. It was an identity shift and for me it happened almost 8 years into my business. The cornerstone of my work is the natural process—relying on experienced skills to set up my materials and revel in their surprise; to surrender to the contortion of a rice paper petal as it dries; and constantly be responding to the cake as it forms. I hold you in mind, replaying the parts of myself that overlap with you, your vision, your celebration, until we have an outcome that is personal and authentic.
I believe art should reveal the hand of the artist.
We are honored to be featured in the following online and print publications:
Martha Stewart Magazine
Grace Ormond Wedding Style Magazine
Style Me Pretty
Borrowed and Blue
Green Wedding Shoes
Modern Luxury Brides Magazine
Snippet and Ink
San Francisco Magazine
Carats & Cake
Pacific Weddings Magazine
The Cake Blog
100 Layer Cake