by Amanda Retallack / Photography by Jamie Maldonado
“D’Anne McCune has one mission – to create the most beautiful and elaborate custom cakes that taste as great as they look”
A delightful and delicious cake is the ultimate way to end a wonderful wedding and offers the bride another way to show her personal style. There are as many cake designs as there are wedding gowns, and it pays to do research before making a choice. At Designs by D’Anne in Jacksonville, longtime artist D’Anne McCune has one mission – to create beautiful and elaborate custom cakes that taste as great as they look. She doesn’t just bake cakes, she is an artist who creates.
“I have been fascinated with decorated cakes since I was a child,” D’Anne says. “I am an artist and have an extensive background in painting and designing. To me, cakes are like a blank canvas ready to be designed into a one-of-a-kind work of art.”
Now in her 30th year of cake decorating, D’Anne says business is booming now more than ever.
“For the first 22 years in business, I split my time between canvas painting, murals, working as a contract artist and doing all types of decorated cakes,” she says. “Eight years ago I opened my bakery just to the wedding business and it has grown beyond anything I could ever imagine. My business has grown each year!”
Her favorite aspect of her “job” is seeing the excitement on brides’ faces when they get a glimpse of their tiered treats.
“Brides are happy, fun and full of excitement about their upcoming wedding. What could be better than dealing with happy people?” she asks. ” The most unique thing about the wedding cake business is that we are dealing with the most important day in the life of the bride so the pressure is on to make them as happy as possible.”
Her cakes elegantly translate the personality and attitude of her brides.
“I create customized cakes that reflect the bride’s taste and personality and are totally delicious. Our cakes not only please the eye they also please the dessert palette of the guests attending the wedding,” she adds.
D’Anne invites brides to make cake consultation and tasting visits on Tuesdays by appointment only.
“When brides make an appointment at Designs By D’Anne they can expect one-on-one attention, a cake tasting with great tasting cakes and a cake design that meets their wishes,” she says. “Styrofoam cake layers are arranged to provide approximate size and shape of the cake to help the brides envision their actual cake.”
She wants to keep her bakery environment conducive to providing that one-on-one attention that is so important in making cake designing fun, exciting and successful. After all, brides are the reason for her business. “I have done some truly unique cakes that have often been reproduced by other designers. When I designed my daughter’s wedding cake using Swarovski Crystal spacers and stand it was a one of a kind,” she says. “I am now seeing designers on TV use this same design.”
For more information on how D’Anne can transform your dream cake into a reality, visit her on her web site or give her a call today.
Designs by D’Anne
(903) 589-6992 | (903) 216-5714