As a cake designer, I constantly meet with new clients to taste, plan, and design their perfect wedding cake. There are a few questions that people always ask, so I thought I’d set the record straight by answering them here for all to see.
Question 1/ How do you stay so thin? At least I used to get asked this one a lot, before my beautiful baby Mia (below) was born last February. My answer is this: The bride doesn’t usually like it if I show up with a big slice missing from the wedding cake, so I don’t actually get to eat a lot of cake.
Question 2/ How long have you been making cakes?
Good one. I took a very inexpensive cake design class about 15 years ago and loved it. I started making cakes for friends and family. Somewhere along the line a family friend trusted me to do her wedding cake, and Erica OBrien Cake Design was born. [More about this in a future post.]
Question 3/ What’s your favorite cake design?
Oooh. Tough one. My taste and style are constantly evolving, so right now it’s this one, but next week it might be another.
I remember really liking the cake below when I first did it, circa 1996–before digital cameras! I guess my taste has changed a bit–okay a lot–since then. In fact, this cake is pretty funny to me now, but at the time I thought it was beautiful.
Question 4/ Do you watch “Ace of Cakes”?
Of course! But not religiously. I’ll watch it if it’s on. I’ve even learned a few good tips from Duff, such as using vodka to clean up mistakes on fondant. And I have to credit the show for increasing people’s understanding of cake as art.
Question 5/ Are you a graphic designer?
No, but I want to be! I’ve looked into taking graphic design cources at UCLA. I never really knew what graphic design was until pretty recently. I think I would love it, but you never know.