10 MINUTES WITH: Kim Jensen
CAKE DESIGNER & RESTAURANTEUR
Owner of three Door County restaurants (Mojo Rosa's, Village Cafe, and Villagio's) as well as the award-winning Pink Bakery (voted Best Bakery 2013 from the readers of Door County Magazine), Kim Jensen is a busy woman who has been creating wedding cakes and desserts that both feed your eyes and make your taste buds scream out for more. Find out a bit more about the magician behind the apron.
How did you get into baking? I have always loved baking! My mom was always in the kitchen when I was a kid.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs? From my clients, I have always enjoyed painting and drawing. I actually attended MCAD for a semester and decided to take my love for art to a whole new level...the food industry! I love what i do!
What is it about your work that appeals most to brides? I am approachable and work within budgets. And I think I am fun and love to hear their stories of how they met!
What should all couples know when choosing a cake designer for their wedding? To be comfortable with the person you are working with, and if they don't understand your budget find another designer.
What would you consider your signature design element? I only work with butter cream. Fondant is beautiful, but I don't like the taste, and most people peal it off and never eat it. When I cook and bake, I believe everything should be eaten, and elegant cake stations also are always impressive. But the mini-dessert trend is here to stay for a while and gives the couple a nice way to bring lots of flavor choices to their guests. Pastry photos by Jason Mann Photography. Cake and dessert photos by Jason Mann Photography. What are some tips for getting a beautiful wedding cake while still staying within a reasonable budget? Go with a two-three tiered cake on a beautiful pedestal and use sheet cakes to supplement with in back.
Last but not least, what tips would you give a bride currently planning her wedding? Go classic casual...no sit downs. These types of catering solutions always lend to happier more relaxed events, use fresh flowers for decorations, and remember it is your wedding, not your mothers.
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Insider Tip: Want to get a taste for Pink Bakery or just brush up on your baking skills? Join them during Girlfriend's Great EGGscape this year (May 15-18, 2014) in their Cupcake & Scone Class where you can make some memories and some tasty treats too (click the link to see photos from last year). Bonus Tip: If you choose to have Kim help with catering your event, be sure to try the Jack Daniels beef tenderloin. Delish!! And she doesn't ask for the final count of food until a week before your event. That way you don't have any food waste and keep the budget perfectly in check.