“Martha from Hanami Cake Design did an absolutely PERFECT job on our wedding cake. She was very approachable, and very open to all of our ideas. She gave great suggestions to help guide us on the final design and flavors of our cake, while always respecting any choice we made. The tasting was such a good day - you cannot go wrong with any flavor. We went with an almond cake, but definitely recommend the chocolate wine flavor as well (it's a chocolate lover's dream). The final cake looked exactly like the sketch she made, and her sugar flowers are extremely impressive! Everyone who tried it has said it is one of the best cakes they've had. I already told Martha to expect us in a year for our anniversary cake - and maybe we'll get something before then too!”
"Martha created the exact cake we were looking for. She took our muddled description and turned it into art. It was amazingly delicious and she was great to work with. It's clear that she knows exactly what she's doing, and we're excited to get our 1 year anniversary cake remade from her."
“MY GOD that was the best [wedding] cake I’ve ever eaten. And it was spectacularly gorgeous. You are a genius. My sister-in-law, Rico, loved it. Thank you a million times. I’m sure you will hear from me again. Really- WOW!!”
"We loved our experience with Martha, the cupcakes and whoopie pies were delicious! We also did some gluten-free and dairy free items that were just as tasty. She is prompt and very professional. And her prices are very reasonable."
"I've ordered several custom birthday cakes for my quirky son and his equally quirky girlfriend. Each was a masterpiece of design and taste. Requests for odd flavors and esoteric decorations were taken in stride and brilliantly executed."
"If you are looking for a beautiful, unique, delicious SHOW STOPPING wedding cake in Portland/midcoast Maine, look no further than Martha Elk of Hanami Cake Design. Martha was a joy to work with throughout the entire process, from our initial tasting to our wedding day. Martha made us not one, not two, but THREE gorgeous vegan cakes for our wedding weekend...as well as gluten free, vegan cupcakes. Martha was the only cake vendor we found who met our top two criteria: (1) someone who could make us a vegan cake in an array of flavors without limitations (many vendors told us they could only make a plain vanilla or chocolate vegan cake), and (2) someone who was responsive, organized, and professional. We feel so lucky that in addition to meeting those requirements, Martha makes the most delicious vegan desserts we've ever tasted, and she is an absolute artist. Not to be biased, but I have never seen a more beautiful wedding cake than the one Martha created for us. She worked with us very closely to come up with a unique design that incorporated our wedding colors, multiple "on-trend" elements, and encompassed three flavors of vegan cake. She even found an elegant and creative way to incorporate our favorite hobby - rock climbing - by adding two mini gold leaf-covered rock climbers to the cake's prominent geode feature. Our guests absolutely loved it! Her cakes are a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Martha is a cake genius and I highly recommend hiring her for wedding cakes and any other special occasion!"
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