Trend Report: DIY Desserts

Get Your Cake On

You’ll never look at a wedding cake the same way again.

It doesn’t get much sweeter than this. The latest twist on creative wedding event ideas isn’t centered on making your own wine, visiting a spa or taking a cooking class. In Los Angeles, it’s all about decorating your own cake like a Food Network star.

Duff Goldman, the celeb baker of the hit Food Network show, Ace of Cakes, is the mastermind behind this confectionery concept. “People’s fascination with cake decorating has gone beyond trend and has really become part of our vernacular,” says Goldman, who is also proprietor of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and Charm City Cakes West in L.A. In 2012, Goldman opened Cakemix, a 2,400 square-foot bakery kitchen where customers get to go wild decorating their own pre-made cake or cupcake.

With enough room to host a private event like an engagement party or a bridal shower for up to 60, now L.A.-based wedding guests can personalize their own desserts any which way they want. And since the cakes can last as long as a week (if you can resist taking a bite until then!), a bride-to-be could even consider serving rehearsal dinner creations by her bridal party at her wedding the next day. “We’ve noticed a lot of brides these day like to express their individuality at their wedding—whether it is in their ceremony or their cake,” adds Diane Duarte, co-owner and chief creative officer of Cakemix.

Customers start with a pre-made cake (starting at $36) in one of six flavors: chocolate, vanilla, marble, red velvet, carrot or the daily special. Next, you choose one of four fillings: vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese or “weekly special.” Then you’re handed a bare cake with the sheerest layer of frosting (called a crumb coat in the baking business), decorating tools (like paintbrushes and piping bags) and a full kitchen of sugary decorations from sprinkles to chocolate nonpareils.

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