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Yellow tattoo wedding cake by Gateau Distinctive CakesThe wedding cake is the centerpiece and highlight of every wedding reception. One of my favorite local wedding cake vendors is Lora Gookin, owner of Gateau Distinctive Cakes in Warrenton, Virginia.

From Civil Engineer to Pastry Chef

Prior to starting her wedding cake business, Lora worked as a civil engineer for 10 years, designing storm sewer systems and residential subdivisions, among other things.

So how did Lora make the leap from civil engineer to pastry chef?

“I wanted to make a special cake for my daughter’s birthday, and my mother gave me a cake decorating book to inspire and guide me.”

Lora Gookin, Pastry Chef

Lora Gookin, Owner, Gateau Distinctive Cakes

“For me, baking cakes was like designing and building edible structures. Soon, cake baking became a passionate hobby of mine, and in 2008 I enrolled in the Pastry School at the Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I learned from some of the top pastry chefs in the industry,” Lora says.

“I believe that cake is so much more than a mixture of flour, butter, eggs and sugar. It is the marriage of high quality ingredients, the science of baking, thoughtful design and artistic execution. Cake is love.

Cake is a much anticipated guest at a party, second only to the guest(s) of honor. It is an extension of a celebration, it is one of the gifts. Cake completes the party. It is the WOW moment when mouths open and gasps are heard. Then I know my job is well done.”

If you are looking for wedding cake ideas and inspiration, take a look at the wedding cake photo gallery at 1gateau.com. Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite wedding cakes created by Lora:

Buttercream Wedding Cake
buttercream texture wedding cake with succulents
Cinco de Mayo wedding cake  Flower and Vines Wedding Cake

His and Hers Baseball Wedding CakesBrooches and bows square wedding cake