Celebrating 6 years!
This July, 6 years ago Kayla Knight Cakes opened it's doors for the first time. My husband and I both quit our jobs in Fort Worth and relocated our small family to the Austin area to pursue our desire to open a custom wedding cake bakery! Using recipes handed down from generations past and the wisdom of others in the wedding industry, we opened shop with a few business cards and a kitchen another professional graciously loaned us.
6 years later we have grown! Our business is expanding, as has our little family! Our friendships in the wedding industry have skyrocketed and we have been welcomed into the Austin wedding family with open arms! We have been so fortunate to be able to work with some amazing brides! We are very thankful for every one of them who has allowed us to take part in the biggest day of their lives! Thank you to all of you! You have made our family business what it is today! And it is because of y'all that we continue to grow!
In honor of celebrating 6 years in business, I have chosen 6 of my favorites cakes that I have made in the past! I have had the opportunity to create so many fun cakes, but these are the a few of my all time favorites (that I have photos of at least). Thank you again and enjoy!!
Bet you didn't think you would get a legal lesson when you were searching out wedding cake information! Unfortunately, there are legal boundaries to everything, including wedding cakes!
I think one of the biggest misunderstandings I have with couples is understanding what I as a business owner can and cannot do when it comes to copyrighted images. I know that it would be a lot of fun to recreate your favorite cartoon character on your cake! Or maybe have your fiances favorite team logo! And I know there are images of copyrighted cakes everywhere on the internet, and unfortunately, there are a lot of lawsuits too!
Copyright means that the original creators work cannot be recreated in any way for profit, unless written permission is given by the creator. Now, there are lots of loopholes, right?
"What if you change the image slightly?" is always the first one. Unfortunately, nope. Under the Copyright Act is a little article called "Moral Rights." That means that even if I alter the image slightly, either the color or the name or any minor detail, it is still copyright infringement.
Copyright infringement can come with a lawsuit price tag of up to $150,000!! I for one, don't have that kind of cash on me! And I doubt anyone is willing to pay that much for a wedding cake! There are a lot of what if's and grey areas, and we won't know what is and isn't "acceptable" use of a copyright unless we get sued and win the lawsuit. That's not really a road I would like to go down!
I know there are plenty of bakeries willing to take on the chance, because honestly, the risk of getting caught and sued is slim. However, for our business, we choose to follow the Moral Rights law. Besides, the original creators worked tirelessly to create the images so sought after! I can understand that they want those images protected. Why should I make a profit off of their hard work?
If you have a question on whether or not an image is copyrighted, feel free to ask me. If I don't know, I will gladly find out. And, just because it's copyrighted doesn't mean the image can't be used. Many companies are more than happy to give me written permission to use their image for your wedding. So, just ask and I'll explain the process, it's simple really!
Cake, Cake, and More Cake!
Summer is certainly a crazy time in the wedding industry! Tonight, I was sitting here thinking about the next blog topic. What information can I give that will help brides? And then I realized, I haven't written on some of my recent cakes! While wedding tips are always great, sometimes it's good just to sit back and look at the selections of other brides! So, here are a few!!
A summer country wedding! This couple celebrated their marriage in a beautifully decorated western venue out in the Texas hill country. To continue with their theme, the bride chose an elegant multi-scroll cake and a burlap ribbon border. The groom decided on a country design he found in a magazine and we replicated the design complete with adornments.
A sweet and light summer dessert! The classic horizontal textured design. A few babies breath and a soft pink flower give the cake just the right touch!
Something borrowed something blue! The blue hombre cake matched the brides evening wedding to a T. Adorned with summer babies breath and some fresh blueberries and it was certainly a crowd pleaser.
A pop of color! This multi-scroll design was perfect for an afternoon summer wedding. The floral arrangement was designed to softly drape over the top tier of the cake, giving the cake just a pop of color!
Support your team! This groom loved his Mavericks and wanted to show off his Mav's pride at his wedding. And what a tasty way to do it too!
To Freeze or Not To Freeze?
Your top tier that is! A common wedding tradition is to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake and then eat it on your one year anniversary. I often get asked by couples if it really tastes good. The answer - if done properly, absolutely!
So, how does one properly freeze a cake? I'll tell you. Upon delivery and set up your baker should supply a cake top box. Confirm this with them, but if they don't you can purchase one at any Hobby Lobby store in their baking section. When the cake is cut immediately have the top tier taken back to the kitchen. Wrap the cake in saran wrap very well, so no air can reach the cake. This will mash the design on the cake if your cake is buttercream, so don't be disappointed if your cake isn't picture perfect on your anniversary. Next place the cake in the box and tape it shut. I even recommend wrapping the box in saran wrap as well. The key is not to allow any air to the cake. Once you get home immediately put the cake in your freezer and leave it there. The day before your anniversary take the cake out and let it thaw on your counter top naturally. The following day, unwrap it and enjoy!
So, are there any times we don't recommend saving your top tier? Yes! If you will be moving during your first year of marriage, it's best to keep it someplace else or not save it. If the cake thaws and refreezes during the move, which it will, it will taste freezer burnt. Or, if you don't have proper storage, then it's best to serve the cake at the wedding.
Other than that, you should be good to go! Make sure you get plenty of pictures as it's a fun memory of your wedding celebration!
Kayla grew up in the wedding industry and has grown to love all things wedding. Please enjoy reading her thoughts and experiences as she continues to walk in family tradition.