I love summer. I especially love this lush, deep part of the summer, when the Crape Myrtle is in bloom, the cicadas are loud and obnoxious, and the storms are fast and furious in the afternoon. I love it because its my birthday time (Thursday!) and because I love swimming and because things just seem a little lazier. More things to love about summer: we’ve got peaches and raspberries and blueberries and wineberries- and lovely friends visiting from far-flung places.

Why, yes, it is Elyse Manning, one of the cake ladies featured in my book, Cake Ladies, which comes out in a mere 3 months from now!

Here’s some highlights of our hot summer weekend at the Cake Shop:

1) Paris of the South Flea Market!

I love this little flea market. You will too. Food truck heaven, thrifty paradise. Cheap tables, live music, good times. Oh, and we’re there too, selling cupcakes!

Phillipe, the fawn that stole Elyse’s heart:

And some more scenes from the flea:

Paris of the South Flea Market is open Saturdays and Sundays, down on Lyman Street by the river, just past the candle factory.

2) Weddings.

Check out these from Oh, Darling! Photography, taken at Claxton Farms.

Then there was this wedding cake at Brahma Ridge:

Which, I hear tell, held up even in the summer mid-day heat.

3) Cake School!

We had our second installment of Old School Cake School Classes at the Cake Shop today! I’m very proud of today’s three graduates, who successfully baked a cake from scratch, start to finish, for the first time in their lives!

However, I think the best part of Cake School was the mimosas.

Next installment of Cake School is Sunday, August 14th.

Thanks to everyone for such a beautiful weekend, especially the magical and amazing Cake Shop Cake Ladies, like Hannah, who made this awesome cake:

And Anna, who makes the Cake Shop awesome. Love.