Shannon Star – Layered Bake Shop

Layered Bake Shop

eat. cake. love.

Shannon Star is the owner of Layered Bake Shop, an all natural custom bake shop and cake design studio specializing in custom-designed cakes for weddings and special occasions! Layered Bake Shop has provided some of the gorgeous sweets seen on The Barbie & Ken shoot featured on 100 Layer Cake and The Retro Beach shoot featured on Style Me Pretty. In March of 2012 Layered Bake Shop moved to downtown historic Mckinney in one of the most charming spaces we’ve seen in a while. Find out more from Shannon below:

Q: What inspired you to start Layered Bake Shop?

A: I grew up with a love for baking and art and 2008 I made a cake for a friends baby shower that involved both those things, it was love at first sight! A few years later an opportunity appeared to turn my dreams into reality. Having this bakery allows me to combine both my love for art and baking.

Q: Layered Bake Shop has a sweet tagline:  eat. cake. love. What does that tagline mean to you?

A: Our tagline is the very simple essence of Layered Bake Shop. I would have people try my cake and they loved it so the words just fell into place.

Q: What is the process for designing wedding cakes? Do most brides come with ideas in mind or is it a collaborative effort?

A: I honestly think I have the best brides! Most of them come to me for my style and designs. They fully trust me to take their ideas and styles and created a one of a kind design for them. I have to say this is my most favorite part of what I do.

Q: So what is the difference between a custom-style bakery like Layered Bake Shop and a bakery that mass produces their cakes?

A: I personally design and decorate each cake myself. I limit myself to three weddings a weekend. I think each one deserves the time and effort it takes to make these one of a kind creations

Q: What are some unique items you use for decorating cakes? Do you offer cake flags or banners?

A: I do offer cake flags and banners and the remaining decor on my cakes are completely edible. I feel it’s very important to give a couple a beautiful cake where they can eat everything on it. I have used items such as cameo brooches, strings of pearls, and even a wedding dress to replicate on a cake.

Q: What are your favorite cake fillings?

A: White chocolate mousse with fresh strawberries, that’s tied with our Mocha Buttercream.

Q: Do you do anything special for the traditional top tier?

A: I always offer a free top tier replica on the bride and groom’s first anniversary.

Q: Are there any trends you’ve seen lately in custom wedding cakes (style, flavor, new concepts)?

A: Trends are changing all the time and I love the creativity that this allows me to practice. I have found that brides are wanting to combine more that one flavor in a cake tier. People are also looking for a visual effect inside there cakes too.

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