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A Perfect Party: Start with the cake

Our last Quinceañera
Our last Quinceañera
E. Prada

Everyone knows a big event such as a wedding or quinceañera ball revolves around the artwork that is a cake that takes your breath away. If you or your daughter have such an event coming up, make sure you take time to see up close and personal a cake being made or recently made by the baker you will contract.

Each baker is an artist, and each cake a lovely art form. However, not all bakers are the same, the prices vary, the specialization varies, and most certainly the quality varies.

You can order a cake from someone who shows you an album or a picture, or you can sit down with a baker who gets to know your Quinceañera birthday girl, or the bride, and actually "listens" and feels for what is most important to the customer. Is it presentation? Is it taste? Is it quantity? A customer might want a cake that tastes like heaven, but prefers a simple finish and decoration, where another might prefer a cake looks like Cinderella's Castle, but can be a simple chocolate cake on the inside. Of course there are others who want it all and are willing to pay for it. Which one are you?

Consider your guests as well. Are there diabetics on your guests lists? Have you considered allergies to things like peanuts or eggs? If you are interested in an organic cake, or specialty diet cake, you might want to look at bakers that specialize in this area, yet can create a glorious masterpiece for your special occasion.

If you live in the Inland Empire, specifically, the High Desert, you might want to visit the Bridal and Quinceañera Expo which will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hesperia Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The event will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel, and is only a 20 minute drive from Ontario. Take the time to get to know some vendors, check references, and set-up a tasting.

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