Duke Mansion Grand Tasting

The Historic Duke Mansion  is one of the most beautiful locations in Charlotte. With its history, lush setting and of course that stunning black and white floor, brides can’t go wrong with a wedding at the Duke Mansion. Once a year the Mansion hosts a Grant Tasting for all of its current wedding clients and we were thrilled to provide a full dessert spread for the occasion!
As with many cakes and desserts that we create, our design inspiration came from an unexpected place, in the form of this black dress with a colorful floral print.
black dress inspiration
A big THANK YOU to wonderful wedding photographer Lauren Friday for perfectly capturing the Grand Tasting!
The centerpiece of our dessert display was a five-tiered cake hand-painted to mirror the colorful floral pattern on the inspiration dress.
While we can absolutely replicate a cake you have seen on Pinterest or in a bridal magazine, we love and excel in pulling inspiration from whatever we see around us and creating unique cakes from that inspiration.
In addition to WOW-ing customers with our cakes and cake design, we also create beautiful dessert tables like what we designed for the Grand Tasting.  Our dessert tables can include any and all of our custom desserts such as lemon bars, macarons, individual cakes, brownies and much more!
These individual cakes were iced in pink  buttercream and were brimming with flavor with our vanilla cake and raspberry  and white chocolate mousse filling.
We can make our light and airy French macarons in any color. These pretty cookies make for fun favors packaged in little bags and tied with ribbon.
Everyone loves our lemon bars!
Our cake balls can also be customized to match your color scheme or adorned with sugar flowers.
We simply love designing beautiful dessert tables. We can design your entire dessert table decor, coordinating cake stands and trays to compliment linens,  floral elements and any desired special touches. Your guests will be super impressed with the wide array of delectable desserts and we promise, they’ll want to try them all!
We can’t forget about the grooms! Grooms Cakes like this golf bag we displayed at the Grand Tasting make for a showstopping cake that your guests won’t soon forget!
From inspired wedding cakes, to dessert bars to grooms cakes there are so many ways for us to WOW you and your guests! We can’t wait to work with you!
Thanks again to the Duke Mansion for letting us be a part of your fabulous Grand Tasting and to Lauren Friday Photography for these beautiful images!
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Just Desserts

 From cake pops to French macarons, dessert tables are having a serious bridal moment. Dessert tables give your wedding guests a variety of flavors to choose from, as opposed to a single cake. Plus these diminutive confections make an easy treat on the go for the social butterflies of your reception. So for those of you brides to-be who wish to have your cake and eat it too, opting for a bite-size selection of desserts just might be a no-brainer. And for a few images of inspiration, we’ve put together a board of our small sweet favorites. Clockwise from top left: Cake shots: White Chocolate Raspberry, Tropical Delight, Pink Lemonade, Mocha, Cookies and Cream; Wowee Pops: Turtle, Red Velvet, Raspberry, Pink Lemonade, Mocha, Lemon, Almond Joy; Classic Cupcakes. 

Dessert Pairings

Art imitates art in these runway-to-wedding-day cake-inspired pairings. A visionary can gain inspiration from anything in the world. An artist is astute to even the smallest details of the world, because even the most unadorned elements of everyday life can spark an exquisite creative concept. So for today’s pretty pairings, we’ve drawn inspiration from the ready-to-wear and couture catwalks. From stark lines of black and fuchsia to three-dimensional appliqué and whimsical blooms, these twosomes are a match made in culinary heaven.  

"Pink black and white cake"

Palette Picker: White & Gold

 Last night we were ecstatic to put our culinary passion to use for a great cause, creating a three-tiered confection for Operation Marry Me Military Mecklenberg (OMMM), an amazing foundation that funds dream I dos for active military couples each Veteran’s Day. This year’s couple, Nikki and Aaron, were full of bliss and gratitude, and we feel the same about them–along with all of those serving and who have served our great country. It was a golden opportunity that filled our hearts with joy–and prompted a fitting palette picker of the day: Gold and bridal white. From our own metallic floral cake creation to gold foil stationery and sequin linens, this hue combo feels quintessentially fitting for the fall weather we’ve been enjoying and holiday season to come. And again, a big thanks to Heidi Crowder of Carolina Weddings and Events for allowing us to be a part of Nikki and Aaron’s special day, and many thanks to all the other participating vendors. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for a close-up of  Nikki and Aaron’s cake, and other exciting ventures in the Wow Factor family. 

"white and gold wedding cake"

photo credits: cake (Wow Factor), wedding stationery, bouquet, tabletop


Thank you to Critsey Rowe photography for capturing such beautiful images of a new cake line we are launching: Cakes Couture by Wow Factor Cakes. We are so grateful for  Critsey’s expertise behind the camera and couldn’t be happier with the photos! Thank you to my visionary friend Anne Bodnar Markey of Favor Me Events for your beautiful table design and of course a huge thank you to the very talented Johnathon Davis of The Place for Flowers for the incredible floral decor. You all are beyond magnificent and we couldn’t be more appreciative for all the support you’ve had for us! 

There’s more couture to come and we can’t wait to share full details on our website! 

Location: Duke Mansion