Keeping with some of the fabulous vendors from Scott and Casey's wedding, I wanted to share with you one of the coolest Cake designers/bakers I know! Kelly Kobus, from A Piece O Cake, in Okemos, took the time to answer some questions, so I thought I'd share them with you!
How did you get started in the cake business?
I got started in the cake business in the Fall of 2007. I had recently graduated from Albion College and was searching for a way to combine my love of food and art. As fate would have it, my father found an ad in our local newspaper advertising the sale of A Piece O' Cake. From the moment I walked through the door I knew it was meant to be. Within a week I was purchasing the business. I truly love my job.
What's your favorite thing about designing really fun cakes?
I love designing cakes. I've always believed that food brings people together and when a client commissions us to create something for a special occasion I always feel honored to be a part of their special day. I especially love the different stories behind each cake, for example, one of my favorites was a puffed up heart cake that we made for the 10 year anniversary of a heart transplant.
On average, how many weddings do you do a year?
On average we do about 80-100 wedding cakes per year.
If someone wanted to book you for their wedding, what are the important things they should know (timeline/process/etc)?
I always suggest that brides set-up a cake consultation at least six months prior to the wedding date. We only do a limited number of cakes per weekend, so it is best to book earlier rather than later.
It is very helpful if the wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, flowers and venue have all been chosen. When I design a cake, I take into consideration all of the details of the wedding. Often times there is a detail in the dress or the invitation that we want to mirror. Color swatches are wonderful to have on hand, too, because if we are creating a color in sugar paste I want to match the color perfectly on the cake.
Besides weddings, what other types of events do you commonly create cakes for?
We do cakes for all occasions including, but not limited to, corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties, graduations, bridal and baby showers and engagement parties. We also have a great selection of gourmet cupcakes that are very popular for any occasion.
What makes "A Piece O Cake" different from other bakeries in town?
A Piece O' Cake is different in many ways. First, there is the cake. Our cakes are always baked fresh. We want our cakes to be pleasing both to the eye and the palate. Having a stunning cake means nothing if it is not edible! Second, there is the design. We want each cake to be unique to the client. We work very hard to find a design that compliments the clients taste and fits perfectly with the event.
Lastly, there is the comfort in knowing that your cake is treated with great care. We are a family business and each wedding cake is delivered by myself and my father and mother. We do not leave until the cake is complete and perfect. From the moment you make your initial phone call to the time the flowers touch the top of the cake, your cake is in our care and treated as if it were our own wedding cake.
On a personal note, what are some of your favorite things?
I love to travel. I speak French and France is my favorite place to visit. I enjoy gourmet cooking, visiting outdoor markets and discovering new restaurants. I love my family and my dogs. I enjoy reading, photography and art.
What is something you would want a future client to know about you?
Each client should know that when they order a cake from A Piece O' Cake they are commissioning a work of art. We are not a normal bakery, so 95% of the time we are doing a design for the first time. We have many photos on our website and in books at the bakery for inspiration, but majority of the time your cake is going to be one-of-a-kind!