Meet Jenica, The Wedding Baker Behind Fancy Pants Cakes

When planning your wedding, every detail counts, especially when it comes to the centerpiece of your reception: the wedding cake! Today we’re highlighting  Jenica, the creative force behind Fancy Pants Cakes, who blends passion, artistry, and flavor to craft cakes that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. In this blogpost, we’ll delve into what inspires Jenica’s work, her unique approach to wedding cakes, and why her creations might just be the perfect addition to your Vermont wedding!

How did you get into the wedding industry?
Prior to moving to Vermont in 2012, I made cakes for friends and family, taught cake decorating classes, and attended several sugar art workshops and conferences. Upon the move to Bennington, I started Fancy Pants Cakes! From the very beginning I wanted to do both celebration (think birthdays, holidays, anniversaries) and wedding cakes. Over time I’ve developed relationships with other wedding vendors and it has been a wonderful experience! 

How would you describe your style?
Some clients come to their consultation with an idea or inspiration photo of a cake design, while others have a variety of ideas. I enjoy working collaboratively with my couples. My natural inclination as a cake artist is to find a way to personalize the cake, creating an element of surprise for their guests. I love a touch of whimsy as well, whether that’s through the use of color, an interesting texture, or a unique cake topper.
What inspires your work?
Cake artistry has come a looooooong way since I started baking. I am so inspired by other cake artists’ use of color, texture, and different edible mediums. I attend Cake International in the UK every year, which is the largest cake show in the world, and I’m always blown away by the sugar work that’s on display. 
Any special tips for couples?
Don’t feel like you need to go with “traditional” flavors because you think that will make everyone happy. The truth is, if you love something that is a little different, it’s likely that many of your guests will love it too! Don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors and add some personality into your cake. Let’s make your cake just as unique as your love story!
What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? 
My son and I go camping at different state parks every summer. We’ve been to many, but there are still a bunch on the list!
If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
My professional background is in environmental education. I have taught at a zoo, science center, parks, and residential outdoor schools out on the west coast. If I didn’t have my cake business, I’d likely be working with an educational nonprofit in some capacity.
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I have been a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park and Mount St. Helens, teaching visitors via walks, talks, and campfire programs. 
Whether you’re dreaming of a classic tiered masterpiece or a modern, unconventional design, Jenica can bring your vision to life and make your wedding’s dessert selection truly memorable. Thanks, Jenica, for sitting down with us! Learn more about Fancy Pants Cakes by visiting their page in our Vendor Guide.