From Our Editors
A Barbie doll is wearing an ornate pink dress, with a huge skirt puffing outward. Despite how realistic it looks, Barbie's five-layer fashion statement is the not the work of a toy designer, but the handiwork of Danielle Wilson, the baker behind Vanilla Bean Bakery. Danielle sells her handcrafted cupcakes and specialty cakes via phone, carefully customizing each order to customer needs. It all started when she supplied her young nephew, a budding athlete, with a basketball-shaped cake on his birthday. She discovered she has a knack for cake-based artistry, which led her to start her own business meticulously sculpting the complex cakes, such as Barbie, whose highly detailed dress represented nearly a day's worth of work. Danielle's specialty cake masterpieces have included an alligator, popular cartoon characters, and her street’s first buttercream fire hydrant.