How to Choose a Wedding Cake Designer
By Angela Jiles
Choosing a wedding cake designer is similar to choosing any other wedding vendor. Research cake designers' work before meeting them with advice from a professional pastry chef in this video on wedding cakes.View Transcript
I am Angela Jiles with Blue Note Bakery in Austin, Texas and this is my advice on how to choose a wedding cake designer. I have found, that the best way to pick your designer is to first research their work and see what kind of style they have. And then from there you go in and you meet with them, and see if they fit with you personality-wise. I know that I have met with brides that we just did not meld well, we did not we did not have the same kind of vision. My style is different than somebody else's and so you want to pick a cake designer that has your same kind of style and your same kind of feel. And if you do not have a good feeling about them, they are not going to be the right person for you, you need to have that kind of connection that they see what you see what you imagine. I really have connected with all my brides, I have I really love all my clients. They are all so much fun and they end up coming back year after year not only for their anniversary but for their kids, for their birthdays. So have that good connection, that good rapport with them, and make sure that you let them know exactly what you want, and if you do not really care if you are kind of laid back and easy going make sure that you let them know that information, that they know that whatever they do is going to make you happy, and if you have some kind of specific ideas in mind they have to know, because they are not necessarily mind readers. But everybody has got a different style. I for instance like, to you know feel out the personality of my clients and make a cake that is unique for just them. We do one-of-a-kind cakes. We do not make the same cake twice. We will do different tweaks to a certain design but we do not make that same cake twice because it is not the same person, everybody is different, every cake is different. That keeps us from getting bored and keeps you with something unique and different. Pick somebody you meld with pick somebody who you got a good feeling with. If you have that little nagging thing in the back of your head saying I do no think this is going to work, pick somebody else pick the next person. A lot of people base their cake designers on price, and that is all fine and good if that is the most important thing, but if you really want a cake that has a lot of meaning and a lot of personality and a lot of flavor go with the flavors that you like with the cake baker that you like and do not necessarily base everything on the dollar signs. I am Angela Jiles with Blue Note Bakery in Austin, Texas and that is my advice on choosing your cake designer.
About the Expert
Angela Jiles is the Confection Composer at Blue Note Bakery. She is a professional pastry chef and a 1993 Graduate of Johnson & Wales University. Over the years, Jiles has been the pastry chef at Dell, Mooses in San Francisco, Calif., Vespaio in Austin, Texas, as well as a pastry instructor at the Culinary Academy of Austin. She has been in the pastry profession since 1990, loves what she does and believes each cake and dessert should be a work of edible art.
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