Spring Mountain Weddings!

We’re back in it and it feels so good! Though we love the cycle of winter- the Buche de Noel, the King Cake, the Pumpkin Pie- weddings are our (ahem) bread and butter, and wedding cakes are where we really shine. We’ve been so happy these last several weeks to drive the ridges, hollers, and coves of Western North Carolina, laden with all-natural, delicious wedding cake, delivering the fruits of our labors to brides and grooms and their families. I like to think of the wedding cake as the modern-day lamb at the feast: a gift given in love to one’s guests, and an ephemeral work of art, symbolizing the sweetness of love. Pictured here is a wedding cake buffet we made this past weekend for a ceremony at Homewood, one of our favorite wedding venues, right here in the heart of Montford. Thanks to Homewood for capturing this dreamy shot, and we look forward to a vibrant and beautiful 2014 wedding season! To see more pictures of this season’s wedding cakes, click here.

Thank You to the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce for Naming Us Small Business of the Month!ShortStreetCakesIn other news, we were pleased as punch and very honored to receive the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Month Award for May 2014! “To be considered for Small Business of the Month, a company should have no more than 50 employees, be a Chamber member for the past two years, have an innovative or unique aspect to their business or demonstrated approach to customer/market responsiveness, and have significant accomplishments during the prior year.” We are very grateful and we will strive to live up to this recognition as an outstanding small business which contributes to the community. Click here for my interview with the Chamber on their website.


Hall Fletcher Elementary Student-Run Farmer’s Market May 13-15!


A few announcements from Short Street Cakes’ ongoing partnership with Hall Fletcher Elementary School:
1) The Garden Science Program at Hall Fletcher Elementary is sponsoring a upcoming Student Run Farmer’s Market on May 13, 14 & 15 from 2:30-3:00, in front of HFE. Students will be selling tomato, eggplant, pepper and basil mature plant starts that they themselves have been growing since February. Come out and support the kids’  hard work!
2) There will be a garden workday at Hall Fletcher on Saturday, May 17th from 10-4. We will have some very exciting projects including building a clay oven!

3) Click here to see the very moving video that third grade teacher Brian Randall created to tell the story of Hall Fletcher Elementary and the challenges we face and the joys we share. As always, I am so proud and so thankful to be a part of the community of love that is Hall Fletcher.

Short Street Cakes Sponsors the {RE}HappeningPosterSlide2

We were proud last month to be a sponsor of the 5th annual{Re}HAPPENING at the site of the former Black Mountain College, a gathering which “honors the dynamic artistic energy of Black Mountain College and pays tribute to the groundbreaking innovations of that community of artists. Meanwhile, the event launches a contemporary platform for artists and patrons to experience adventurous art and creativity in the present day.” A fantastic evening was had by all, featuring a wide array of expression- visual, performance, and musical- which was shared among some of our town’s most inspirational artists, and we were thankful to be a part of it.

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Mother’s Day is May 11th! Treat your mama (or your baby mama) right with one of our two Mother’s Day specials: a heart-shaped, double-glazed bundt cake in any flavor, with fresh flowers included for $35 (pictured: Raspberry Vanilla), or a heart-shaped Flourless Chocolate Gateau with custom design and fresh flowers for $28. Please allow 48 hours advance notice for your order, and note that delivery is available at $1.50 per mile round trip. Happy Mother’s Day! (and don’t forget to read the Mother’s Day Proclaimation by Julia Ward Howe, a 19th Century appeal for world peace and one of my favorite Mother’s Day traditions)

Welcome Karen and Sarah!



As we continue to grow at Short Street Cakes, we are blessed to be able to add stellar staff members to our already-so-amazing crew! We want to extend a warm and happy welcome to our two newest Cake Ladies: Karen and Sarah, and we hope that you will join us in making them both feel like a part of the family in no time! And speaking of the family, now is as good a time as any (is there ever a bad time?) to recognize and appreciate the hard work, dedication, skill, talent, and professionalism of our crew at Short Street Cakes. To our old school: Jess, Duggels, Alexandra, Lucy, Olga, Kaylee, and Chloe: We’re at the top of our mamajammin’ game. Thank you for bringing your whole beautiful selves into the Cake Shop to grow and thrive and work and create together. I love you so much.


Update from Mountain Bizworks


Good things have been happening at Mountain Bizworks as of late, and I’m glad to continue to be a part of the team as a business developer. I’ll be teaching the 5-week Foundations in Business course starting at the end of June, and I have continued to embrace and enjoy my role of providing one-on-one technical assistance to small-scale entrepreneurs. Clickhere for more info or to register for classes! (photo of Calvin Allen of Ujamaa Freedom Market and Jodi Rhoden courtesy of Mountain Bizworks)

Short Street Cakes is located at 225 Haywood Road in East-West Asheville,
just up the hill from the River Arts District.
Open Tuesday through Saturday 8am til 6pm
Sundays 10am til 6pm, and Closed on Mondays.
phone: 828.505.4822
menu at www.shortstreetcakes.com/menu/
Please allow 48 hours for advance cake orders, or stop by and see what we have on hand!
The mission of Short Street Cakes is to add meaning to life’s celebrations by providing beautiful, delicious, all-natural, scratch-made cakes, and in so doing, generate a sustainable livelihood for our employees, educate the community about traditional foodways, and support the local food and agriculture economy.