Cakes- Art, Business, or Both?

An Interesting Cake
I was an art student, so I enjoy doing different things when I make cakes. Trying new designs and different techniques is something that most decorators want to do, but with wedding cakes that doesn't always happen.

I think of myself as a baker who happens to decorate cakes, and who has an art background so that helps with the execution side of it. It does get frustrating sometimes when people want the same types of designs over and over, but that's the nature of wedding cakes. It's hard to get away from the mental image of the white wedding cake, even with all of the media attention on unusual cakes recently. 90% of the time, a bride will choose a traditional design over one that's more unusual.

Some other decorators and I were talking about this online recently, and most of us agreed that it was pretty boring to do the same simple designs over and over. Some days I think that if I never have to make another white gumpaste rose I'd be a happy woman. Then I realize that those white gumpaste roses pay the bills, so I get back to work making petals.

What do you think about this topic? Would you prefer to do fewer cakes as long as they're all interesting to you, or do you take any order that people request so that you can make an income? Most of us are in the middle of those two extremes somewhere, but what are the cakes that you WON'T do? Feel free to answer using "anonymous" if you don't want to offend the clients who've ordered the kind of cake you mention! ;)

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and