Vendor Spotlight: Haines Barksdale - For Goodness Cakes
So far in 2010 in we have had the distinct pleasure of working with some very talented wedding vendors. Haines Barksdale from the wedding cake company For Goodness Cakes to us seems like the perfect ingredient to the wedding cake industry! Her love of baking, eating sweets, and arts and crafts (painting, making jewelry, drawing, and pottery) have spiraled her into the wedding cake world as she tells us “making cakes seemed to be the perfect combination of my favorite things to do!”
Haines Barksdale is particularly known for her smart and delicious technique with butter cream making it look “as smooth and sleek as rolled fondant icing”, “a way to have both a beautiful look and a delicious taste”. She is also known for her extremely detailed piping and explains she sometimes will mimic a tiny lace design on a wedding gown into icing on a cake and will create handmade gumpaste flowers, painted in detail with what is called edible "petal dust".
How long does it take her to make one of her fabulous creations? “Many, many hours!” she exclaims. For Goodness Cake's prices generally range from $4 -$9 per serving, and the average is around $5 per serving. Brides should book their cake at least 6 months in advance for enough time, and at least 9 months if getting married in a popular wedding month such as October and May.
We also wanted to know, what would her perfect wedding cake look like? Taste like? She says, “Impossible to pick a "perfect" design...I love so many different styles. A recent trend is different height tiers and black and white has been a very popular color combination. My most popular cake flavor is almond, but my personal favorites are chocolate chip and carrot.” Sounds delicious!
What advice does she have for brides unsure about their wedding cake design? She tells us, “Think about the style that your wedding encompasses, from the invitation to the gown, to the food and the reception location. There might be a pattern on your gown that inspires a design for the cake, or maybe you have a piece of china that you love and we can incorporate that look onto the cake. Or look at pictures and narrow it down to no more than 5 of your favorites...we can find a way to use all of those ideas to create the perfect design.”
We love your work Haines & you made one our June Bride's extremely happy & pleased with her Wedding Cake & Cupcakes...& for that we can't thank you enough! If you want to book Haines Barksdale as your wedding cake specialist her company For Goodness Cakes is located in Charlotte, NC and you can see more of her cake designs at her website : www.forgoodnesscakes.blogspot .