Valley Custom Cakes
Valley Custom Cakes
History of Cakes


Wedding Cakes

During the middle ages, the bridal or wedding cakes were simple biscuits or scones.

At that time, guests would bring small bridal cakes to the wedding and pile them on top of each other. Tradition has it that the bride and groom would kiss across the top of the piled cakes for good luck in their marriage.

During the seventeenth century, French bakers would stack wheat buns and coat them with icing. This was the beginning of our modern day wedding cakes.

In the past, wedding cakes were a symbol, and all brides wanted that same symbol, which was a standard multi tiered white cake with white frosting. Today however, modern brides think outside of the box and wish to make their cakes an extension of who they are or to harmonize with their wedding theme.

This opens an exciting challenge and opportunity for cake decorators to grow and expand in new areas. If you wish to design a special cake and have example pictures or sketches, I would enjoy speaking with you.


Grooms Cakes

A groom’s cake has its roots in the South, and although it used to be viewed as an added and unnecessary expense, this once-forgotten cake is making an outstanding comeback. Intended to be a gift from the bride to the groom, the groom's cake is usually dark (often chocolate or liquor-soaked) and designed with a nod towards what's traditionally considered "masculine" (i.e., no rosettes in sight).

Although you may not need a groom’s cake, you may just want one. The groom's cake can serve many purposes, from dessert at the rehearsal dinner to wedding favors, where boxed slices of the cake are given to your guests as they depart. If you go this route, take advantage of the opportunity to get creative with the packaging—an additional way to reflect your bridal style and personality.

The current trend in groom's cakes is to have the cake reflect the groom's interests and hobbies. If you can think of something that truly symbolizes you future groom and desire to have it made into cake, I would enjoy discussing it with you.


Birthday Cakes

The birthday cake has been an integral part of the birthday celebrations in western cultures since the middle of the 19th century. Certain rituals and traditions, such as singing of a birthday song and blowing out the candles are common. The development of the birthday cake has followed the development of culinary and confectionery advancements. As this technology improved, decorations gained importance and the appearance of the birthday cake became as important as its taste.

Historically, these elaborate cakes in general were the privilege of the wealthy. Today, however, birthday cakes are enjoyed by all. I look forward to helping you create a cake which tells your special someone how much you love them.


Baby Shower Cakes

Nobody knows the exact details regarding the baby shower history. What everybody knows is that the baby shower is just another name for pregnancy celebration, in which we welcome and celebrate the upcoming new arrival into the family.

When it comes to baby shower history, it was only after World War II that its popularity gained and it became a standard custom. In the beginning, baby showers were traditionally given just for the mother and her newborn but not until after the baby was born.

Today, we celebrate baby showers one or two months prior to the expected birth.

Historically, the baby shower used to be a “woman only” party. However, times have changed, and so has tradition. Now, guests include the expectant father, his father, the expectant mother’s father, along with other male family members and friends.

It is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to gather and playfully joke with the expectant parents and to offer up their blessings and advice. Guests will most often bring a gift for the impending arrival which is greatly appreciated by the expecting parents.

What better way is there to show your appreciation to your guests for their love and devotion to the family than by providing them with a memorable and delicious custom cake?


Communion Cakes

In the month of May, soon after Easter, Catholic children prepare to receive the life-changing sacrament, their first Holy Communion. This important milestone in a Catholic's life brings both joy and hope perfectly expressed in the young faces that shine forth God's infinite love.

Parents, often assisted by their parish, try to make the day as memorable as possible, by giving each child a spiritual reference point, a place to go back and reflect upon if their faith should ever waiver.

Pictures are taken; religious gifts and sacramentals are given, and children are dressed to "proclaim to the parish community the presence of a new member at the family table." White clothing has been a long-standing tradition dating back to the early church when the sacraments of initiation were administered together at the Easter Vigil. "New white garments" were worn throughout the season to symbolize new birth, purity, and resurrection. Today some families have incorporated their own traditions such as passing down the Communion dress, veil or other articles from generation to generation.

During this special occasion a communion cake is presented to the child and is shared by all present to help celebrate this major event. We welcome the opportunity to assist you in ensuring your child’s communion is filled with love and happiness.


Holiday Cakes

  • Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Easter
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Thanks Giving
  • Independence Day


Sugar Art

Sugar paste, also known as gum paste, is used for making all kinds of fancy decorations, such as long-lasting flowers, ribbons, bows, leaves, and just about anything else you can imagine. It has a long and interesting history and has been used by confectioners to make edible decorations since the late medieval period.

Gum paste is really a pliable "sugar dough," mixed with gums, which makes it easy to shape like modeling clay. It can be tinted, painted on or dusted with decorating dusts. It can be rolled very thin, used for making delicate shapes or molded into figurines, trees, and animals.

If you desire to create a stunning wedding cake with gum paste flowers, bows, drapes or figurines, we welcome your call.


3D Cakes

We have many wonderful 3D shaped pans available for you to choose from.

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