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The Wedding Cake: A Five-Star Tasting Experience

The Wedding Cake: A Five-Star Tasting Experience
Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Professor of Service Ian Maksik joins an engaged couple as they sample wedding cakes at Albuquerque's renowned ABC Cake Shop.

We’re kicking off several weeks of wedding columns with “The Wedding Cake.”


In my 60-plus years in the hospitality industry, I’ve been responsible for thousands of weddings and have helped with recommendations and selections of cakes. In my search for a local bakery specializing in wedding cakes, colleagues and clients alike encouraged me to visit ABC Cake Shop & Bakery (1830 San Pedro NE). There, I attended an enjoyable and educational cake tasting with a young couple and their family.

I immediately respected bride Valeria and groom Steven, who arrived to their cake tasting dressed to impress.

The wedding cake was a high priority for their 200-plus guest wedding, to be held in December at a local hotel. The bride’s parents arrived just as Bryan, ABC’s event specialist, started his smooth, professional presentation.

We sat in a comfortable room and were served refreshing beverages. We were surrounded by mock cakes, as well as toppers and pictures of the many cake styles available. Bryan went into detail about cake options in terms of style, tier size, fillings and icings. He then addressed the protocol of who partakes of the various tiers, explaining that each tier could have a different filling.

This was one of the most professional tastings I’ve ever attended … proof positive that ‘Hospitality is a relationship and not a transaction’

The couple and family opted for a three-tiered cake displayed on a silver cake stand, with cascading edible floral décor down the front and beaded borders around the tiers. The cake can serve up to 108 guests. For economic reasons, displayable full and half-sheet cakes would be used for the remaining guests. All cakes were white sponge with a combination of Bavarian cream and raspberry filling, with butter cream frosting outside. All applauded Dad’s choice of an artful (and affordable) ceramic bride and groom as the cake topper.

Based on this experience, I completely understand the success of ABC Cake Shop & Bakery. This was one of the most professional tastings I’ve ever attended. The ABC Cake Tasting experience is proof positive that “Hospitality is a relationship and not a transaction.”

Note: The next several Hospitality columns will be devoted to engagements and weddings, including articles on the many industries and vendors associated with weddings.

Ian Maksik is a Cornell Hotel School graduate and a former Hilton GM. Known as “America’s Service Guru,” Maksik has keynoted, lectured and trained owners, management and staff of hospitality facilities in 21 countries and at industry conferences. Contact him at (954) 804-5413 or ian@usawaiter.com

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