When is the last time that you went to a wedding and gasped because the cake was gorgeous? If you have experienced this, you might have been looking at a cake from Intricate Icings. Located in Eerie, Colorado, Intricate Icings does not just produce cakes, they make works of art. This week, we are proud to highlight the bakery’s owner, Rachael, and find out just how she manages to put the wow factor back into baking.
Rachael has always had a knack for baking. But, like so many of us, she was pulled away from her passion to pursue a more “mainstream” profession:
I graduated from college with a degree in physical therapy and knew instantly that I wouldn’t last long in the field. I took a few Wilton Cake Decorating classes at a local hobby store in my spare time to fill the creative void my day job left and I was hooked.
In 2006, she decided to open her own store with only thirteen weddings on the books. They say that word of mouth is the best advertisement, and Rachael’s cakes clearly spoke for themselves, because it was not long before she had a full-fledged business.
Much goes into her creations, starting with the first step of a consultation with the couple. Rachael sits down with the bride and groom-to-be to get a better understanding of what their expectations are. She asks couples to bring several forms of inspiration with them, such as Pinterest board pictures, pieces of fabric from the centerpieces, bridesmaids gowns, wedding dress, etc. so that she can best understand how the wedding is going to feel.
Rachael encourages couples to be unique when they come to their consultation. She is truly passionate about the creative process in designing and implementing techniques to make the perfect design. She insists that:
I want our clients to say “That’s our cake!” not “Oh, there’s our cake, but 40 other couples had that cake too”. I like to see what other cakes our clients like, but I do not want to duplicate the artistry.
She believes that the wedding cake should speak to the overall style of the event and incorporate truly special elements about the couple.
The entire process for creating a cake from start to finish can take on average 25-30 hours. There is so much more that goes into the cakes than just baking and frosting. Timing depends on how large or elaborate the design is, but all cakes are made from scratch. They are assembled and iced on day 2 leading up to the wedding, decorated on day 3, and then finishing touches are added at the site of the wedding on the final day.
Rachael is also a phenomenal consultant in terms of trends. Recently, she has noticed that couples are moving away from having multiple cakes and coming back to the tradition of having one large cake. She sees a lot of vintage themes with texture, ruffles, and giant flowers. But, rest assured, whatever your wedding cake desires might be, Rachael will make your dreams come true.