On episode 003 of the Wedding Safari Podcast, HOT-lanta native and celebrity custom cake designer LaMeeka Edwards discusses fopas, fondant and fortune while working in the cake design space. Starting as just a hobby and snowballing into designing for the likes of Neyo, Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burress, Cakes by Lameeka is a true love affair.
A technician by trade for the State of Georgia Telecommunications Division, LaMeeka started out by taking a few decorating classes here in there. At the request of fellow co-workers and friends to make “party” and wedding cakes, the transition was imminent. Shortly thereafter, budget cuts and layoffs affected the state government. While her love for cake decorating and design continued to grow, she was afforded the opportunity to pursue her passion full time.
In this episode, between laughter and a train, you’ll hear LaMeeka’s candid outlook on investing in continuing education within your perspective field, building a reputation, customer service and creating an emotional experience.
Tune in to discover why it’s paramount to understand the importance of showing your value with each unique client, and even wiser to recognize that “You are only as good as your last cake.” Take advice from an expert on how to stay ahead of the trends, and take client criticism. LaMeeka shares how she was brought to tears by one client, and the lesson she learned about being responsive.
She uncovers how transparency and true character outways the bad, and how sometimes in business - you just have to say no.
This very insightful conversation sheds light on mentorship and what she uses as inspiration.
As a staple, on the show, we’ll touch on work-life balance and greatest rewards.
So get ready and get set - for a glimpse into the life of a professional custom cake designer. The wedding industry is changing and growing at an alarming rate. As the cake decorating world changes, so does LaMeeka. Listen in to how she has built a sustainable business and has become the go-to cake designer in the city of Atlanta.
Milton Lawrence Jr-
Sound Engineer: Willis Aybar- WillisAybar@gmail.com
Music By- John Deley