One of the 100 best cake designers in the United States is from Delaware.
Cindy Patrick runs Enticing Icings full-time, creating cakes for 130 weddings this year alone.
“One of them was (former Ohio State and current pro football player) James Laurinaitis. That was my famous one of the year,” Patrick said. “We suspended that cake from the ceiling of the Ivory Room (in Columbus).”
In August/September edition of Brides magazine, Enticing Icings was listed as one of the two cake designers in Ohio that are among the 100 best in the country.
Patrick said she’s always cooked and baked, but got serious about cakes eight years ago.
On her web site, Patrick said she uses fresh ingredients, including organic eggs and imported chocolate, makes her own vanilla, and grows her strawberries and raspberries. She offers 30 different kinds of cake flavors and 26 types of fillings.
Patrick bakes out of her home, which has a licensed kitchen. She loves to make flower decorations, do sugar work. She can work not only with fondant, but is also adept with the more difficult buttercream frosting. On a yearly basis, Patrick said, she goes out of state to take classes in some new decorating technique. Her teachers are often seen in cake decorating competitions on the Food Network.
“I bake on Thursdays, decorate on Fridays, and deliver on Saturdays,” she said. “That way everything is less stressful knowing everything is done. I have a delivery system I use called a CakeSafe. The cake is completely assembled when I arrive, I pull the rod out of the center and the cake is completely set up.”
Patrick said she’s a one-person business.
“There’s a saying: there’s only two people you trust, the person who paid for the cake, and the person who made it.”
She likes to meet with a client to do a cake and filling tasting, draw a sketch of the cake from what they suggest, or work from a photograph.
“A lot of clients want something of their own incorporated,” she said. For example, she can pipe the lace design of the bride’s gown.
Patrick said a good time to visit a cake designer is after the couple have selected their venue and flowers.
“I always suggest they try several people that bake,” she said. “You want to find someone you feel comfortable with. Look at their past work and what other people have said about them. A lot of people think, ‘Aunt Lucy or whoever can make my cake,’ and that usually doesn’t work out that well. You want to know they know what they’re doing. You don’t want to have a bad surprise when it comes to your wedding cake, because that’s the star of your reception. After the couple, that’s what people want to see.”
For more information, visit enticingicings.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.