Looking at the gallery of custom cakes that Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop has created, it's hard to believe that some of them can actually be eaten. The three dimensional confectionary renditions of pets, people, vehicles, designer handbags, pop culture characters, and more look almost too real to be edible. And these incredible cakes are just a slice (no pun intended) of what Amanda Oakleaf's Boston-based shop is capable of making.
The bakery creates everything from elegant wedding cakes featuring delicate flower designs that looked like they were painted onto the frosting to Star Wars characters recreated in cake form for birthday parties. They also make custom design cupcakes as well as an assortment of baked goods including cookies, desserts, and breakfast items and carry freshly ground coffee and loose leaf teas.
Since opening their first storefront in 2010, the bakery has been featured on the Food Network, CNN, and TLC, and awarded the prestigious Best of Boston award by Boston Magazine in 2013.
Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop is owned and operated by husband and wife team Tyler and Amanda Oakleaf. Amanda is a Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate and oil painter that was inspired to combine her love for baking and art training into a career.
The Oakleafs launched their business in 2008 out of a kitchen in a Boston studio apartment. Their creations proved so popular that just two years later they opened their first shop in Winthrop in 2010, and then moved to their current location next to Symphony Hall in Boston in 2013.
The Oakleafs split their talents to keep the business running smoothly. "My husband takes care of the engineering side of our complex sculpted cakes as well as the website design and back end stuff while I focus on heading the back room staff in their baking and decorating adventures," explains Amanda. "I'm more responsible for the aesthetics and creative end of the business."
Amanda also loves teaching the art of cake making to others, which is why the shop offers several classes in all aspects of cake creation and decorating to the public. Attendees can learn the basics of buttercream, how to sculpt marshmallow fondant, airbrushing designs, sugar flower techniques, and even how to make a sculpted cake that looks like a Tiffany gift box.
"Everything we make is made fresh everyday, by hand, from scratch, using real ingredients (such as) butter, sugar, eggs, milk etc.," she says. "All the decorations you see on our cakes on our website are all edible made with sugar, frosting and our house-made marshmallow fondant, so every cake tastes as good as it looks."
Her close-knit, fun-loving staff is mostly comprised of local artists with art training in painting, ceramics, and even costume design. Oakleaf says they thrive on channeling their creative juices into making custom cakes. "(Their) personality definitely shines through in the crazy detailed cakes they create," she says. "We definitely nerd out about making your cake just as much as you enjoy receiving them."
For more information, please feel free to visit their website at www.oakleafcakes.com.