Back in the Day Bakery
Many readers have asked us where we got our wedding cake in Savannah. The thing is, since our wedding was such a small and intimate event, we really didn’t feel the need to order a huge wedding cake. We thought it made more sense to go with delicious cupcakes instead ~ placed on a 3-tier, vintage silver cake stand with delicate hanging crystals that I discovered (and immediately bought) while consignment shopping one day. We thought it fit so perfectly with the whole old-Savannah, simplistic wedding vibe we had going on.
Once we decided on cupcakes, we knew our next big step was to chose a bakery. Oh, shucks….time to go cake-tasting. :)
(2 happy campers on a ‘cake-tasting’ outing in 2010.)
During the many trips we took to Savannah, we must have tried, oh, I’d say about 4-5 of the top bakeries in town. You know, just to cover all our bases. (and perhaps because we were super picky and wanted to make sure we got the best of the best on our wedding day).
In the end, based on flavor & quality alone we went - hands down - with Back in the Day Bakery.
Little did we know, the owner was a very close friend of Paula Deen’s!
Watch Paula Deen bake with ‘Back in the Day Bakery’ owner Cheryl Day on the Food Network.
Or click here to watch Cheryl whip up her famous Red Velvet cupcakes with Paula’s sons, Bobby and Jaimie, on ‘Road Tasted’.
(and yes, we had the red velvet cupcakes at our wedding!! how could we pass those up?)
Logan & I with bakery owner Cheryl Day.
When we walked in for our first sit-down meeting with Cheryl, she made us feel so at-home and special.
We just loved the inviting, throwback, shabby-chic vibe of her bakery!
(8 pics above from savannah.for91days.com; all others from my camera.)
After some cupcake-eating and lots of chatting with Cheryl, for the wedding we decided to go classic by choosing a combination of Red Velvet, Old Fashioned Vanilla (which reminded me so much of Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes in NYC) and Chocolate Heaven cupcakes. They were moist and sooooo delicious. We expressed to Cheryl that we wanted something traditional worked in….so she suggested adding a simple, small white wedding cake on the top tier of our cake stand - so we could have something to take home and cut on our 1st wedding anniversary (click here for a funny story about that!)
But here’s the coolest, most unexpected part of the whole thing. During one of our meetings with Cheryl, she revealed to us that Paula Deen’s niece was getting married on the same exact day we were: Saturday, November 6th, 2010…..in Savannah! Paula Deen had asked Cheryl to make their wedding cake and cupcakes - on the same day Cheryl would be making ours! How cool is that?
This also meant that Paula Deen would be in Savannah throughout our entire wedding weekend. Her niece’s wedding was to be held at Paula’s beautiful Savannah home (naturally…) but Paula was throwing her niece a small bridal shower on November 5th at Back in the Day Bakery.
So the day before our wedding, on November 5th, we walked into the bakery to grab some food, check on our wedding order….and stand a mere 10 feet away from the one & only Paula Deen!!!
My only regret is NOT asking to meet her. I bet she would have been happy to speak with us, being that our wedding day was the same exact day as her niece’s - and that we chose to get married in her beloved hometown of Savannah and used the same baker. But, I didn’t want to bother Paula during her niece’s intimate bridal shower. My politeness got the best of me, so we - unfortunately - did not get any pictures with her.
But just being that close to her and sharing the same space - where our very own wedding cupcakes were being made - had me completely giddy. I was grinning from ear to ear. As you know, I’m a huge foodie and have been watching The Food Network for a long time. I’ve made plenty of Paula’s recipes over the years and have even showcased a few on this blog (here or here). So the fact that this even happened blew me away and only added to the list of uncanny events and out-of-body experiences we had that weekend in Savannah. I mean, what are the odds?!
It was destiny, I tell you. Destiny. :)
Something magical was happening that weekend. It’s as if all the stars were aligning, the Universe was conspiring, and the energy was so strong that all these awesome events kept occurring. It felt eerily meant-to-be. (read this post about Warren Square to see what I mean!).
As for our wedding cake and cupcakes, I think it’s safe to say we were MORE than pleased with the results.
So, that’s our cool story about our wedding bakery in Savannah. If you’re ever in town visiting, you MUST stop by Back in the Day Bakery for some lunch and/or cupcakes.
Who knows, you might even run into Paula Deen while you’re there.