We are thrilled to introduce you to the fabulous ladies behind Dream Cakes! Meet Johannah Zuniga and Megan Anderson. They are both such a delight, and their cakes are both stunning and delicious! Read on to learn more about them and their thriving wedding cake business.
Photo credit: Lauryn Kay Photography
Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
Johannah is from Reno, Nevada. Megan is from Salt Lake City, Utah. We’ve both been in Portland for over 10 years.
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
The food – it’s all so delicious!
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
Eat! Laurelhurst Market and Lovely’s 50 50 are our favorite places, with XLB and Farmhouse as close seconds.
How long have you been working as professional wedding cake bakers?
Jojo- 5 years, Megan 3 years.
Jojo: Oh, what a fun story! When I moved here I went straight to baking and pastry school, followed by a 4-year career at Black Sheep Bakery, where Megan and I met and worked together. The owner of Black Sheep Bakery, Amanda, was friends with Judy Reese, the previous owner of Dream Cakes. Whenever Judy needed a vegan side cake she’d order it through BSB – I was the one making them. Years later Amanda was getting married and needed me to pick up her wedding cake from Judy. I was then told that Judy was selling Dream Cakes and that I should consider buying it! I fell in love with Dream Cakes immediately, and 9 months later I bought it.
Photo credit: Dylan Howell Photography
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional wedding cake baker?
I mean…you can’t have dinner without dessert, right? It’s important because it’s simply tradition and also a main focal point of the event – something for people to ooh and ahh over.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part is that it makes people happy. Cake really is special, it’s not something that we can have just any ol’ day. Plus, it’s usually associated with a special occasion that occurred with good feelings, and let’s be real – we could all use some more good feelings.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
Nothing, really. We’ve been doing it long enough, I think we’ve learned how to ease the process. Finding time for ourselves is the only real challenge, but art is life, right?
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
We’re a duo team. Jojo is the creator and Megan is the brains. We do have our own kitchen space and bring on interns or seasonal summer helpers.
Photo credit: Amanda Meg Photography
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding cake baker?
I care so much, maybe a little too much at times. The amount of love and time that goes into every cake can almost be tasted. I don’t really know where the success actually comes from, but we work hard and never give up, so maybe that’s it?
What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
We make EVERYTHING from scratch, we specialize in buttercream, everything is fresh, we use local ingredients as much as humanly possible, and I’d say we’re fairly modern in our style and approach of the whole process.
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
4-6 months out. It depends on the weekend, especially Memorial Day and Labor Day, which book up the fastest.
Photo credit: Jessica Hill Photography
Where do you draw inspiration?
Inspiration from the invitation is always fun. Or overall theme and color scheme of the wedding.
Are there any current trends you are excited about?
Modern square cakes are making a definite come back, and we’re so stoked!
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
It’s not so much a question, but most cake makers have specific aesthetics and cake “styles/types.” So just thoroughly check out photo galleries before hiring them. And try the cakes first, obviously!
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
To try and not stress too much about it. If they’re hiring a professional that has done several weddings (at this point we’ve made over 1,000 wedding cakes) then just trust the professional – for the most part we know what we’re doing and the last thing we want is for them to have a bad day.
Featured image of Dream Cakes owners by Lauryn Kay Photography. Johannah is on the left and Megan is on the right.
This Vendor Shout-Out was curated by Dana Barbar, The Art of Weddings Portland Content Manager.