Life’s A Cakewalk For Young Baker

Alana Folen
Wednesday - June 01, 2011
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Kristin Kato with some of her cake creations. Photo from Kristin Kato

It’s a sweet, sweet life for local girl Kristin Kato, owner and cake artist for A Cake Life. Kato opened her award-winning cake shop in July 2009 with the belief that “there’s no life like a cake life!”

Kato, 26, specializes in creating customized cakes for any occasion, including birthdays, bridal or baby showers, corporate events and special parties.

“‘Less is more’ is our approach to designs,” says the 2002 Roosevelt High grad, who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. “We believe simple elegance accented with touches of details really showcases the special elements of your wedding cake.

“We love drawing inspiration for a cake design from the details of each couple’s wedding - whether it be a piece of lace or pleating from a wedding dress, the invitations or overall theme of the wedding - the possibilities are endless.”

A Cake Life currently serves as a cake vendor for The Wedding Cafe as well as Oasis World Estates, Sunset Ranch and The Waterfront at Aloha Tower. Kato says all cakes are custom ordered, and customers can select from traditional tiered cakes, cup-cakes, cupcake wedding cakes and sculpted cakes. Each cake is quoted individually based on size and intricacy of design.

Kato designs each cake from start to finish and works with each client from the initial cake consultation to setup of the cake at the event.

“We take the time to sit down and walk you through the design process, and discuss different options for creating your custom cake,” she explains. “Because each cake is so customized and detailed, we limit our orders to allow us to give each cake the attention it deserves.

“We often work with destination couples coming from across the U.S. Mainland, Australia, Canada and throughout Asia, and will schedule phone conferences ... or even Skype or video conference,” she adds.

“I got into this job knowing that, as a business owner, I would be working harder than I ever have before,” Kato says. “I made a commitment to make a name for myself and take a chance.”

For more information on A Cake Life, visit, or find it on Facebook (A Cake Life) or Twitter (@acakelife).

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