Photo by Wendy K Yalom

Photo by Wendy K Yalom

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.

Press

We are honored to be featured in the following online and print publications:

The Lane
Martha Stewart Magazine
The Knot
Brides Magazine
Grace Ormond Wedding Style Magazine
Style Me Pretty
OnceWed
Borrowed and Blue
Green Wedding Shoes
Modern Luxury Brides Magazine
Snippet and Ink
Magnolia Rouge
San Francisco Magazine
Huffington Post
Flutter
Carats & Cake
Grey Likes
7x7 Magazine
Pacific Weddings Magazine
Flutter Magazine
The Cake Blog
100 Layer Cake

and more...