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I have always been obsessed with weddings! As a teenager, I would collect bridal magazines; anything I could get my hands on! It wasn't until I started noticing Martha Stewart's wedding magazine that I really became interested in wedding cakes! I was drawn to the fact that they could be customized to the bridal couple; whether it was to match the bridal dress, a favorite piece of china, or a specific theme that the couple was going for. 

No more was the cookie-cutter cake that everyone would get for their wedding. Instead how about a cake that really expresses the style of your wedding and a centerpiece that will compliment your day that you have spent so much time planning - you deserve it!!


I got my start many years ago when I was living back home in Chicago, at a cute little bakery, that I still visit to this day! I went back and forth between working in graphic design to cooking and baking.

I received my bachelor degree in fine art at Southern Illinois University 2012 and moved to Iowa the same year.

My husband was hired as the pastry and baking instructor at Kirkwood Community College and I started working in the bakery at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center as a part-time line cook, realizing that I missed working in the kitchen!

In 2015 I was offered the position as Cake Designer at the hotel and promptly took it! In 2016 I was asked to teach cake decorating classes for Kirkwood's baking program. I had many ideas on how to revitalize the classes and implemented my techniques to teach my students. In 2019 I left my position at the hotel and opened Sugar Flower Cake Design. I love seeing the joy when my clients cut into their cake and take their first bite - it makes life much sweeter!   -          Jennifer Smith

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The Process

I meet with my couples in person to design a wedding cake that reflects their taste, style and personality. I specialize in hand-made sugar flowers that can match the bride's bouquet; or create a favorite flower of my couple.

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What about fresh flowers? I will work with your florist to lay out the best combination for the design of your cake. Whether you are planning a romantic, modern or fantasy wedding, it is my pleasure to create a cake that is truly yours!

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