By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly
Local queer-owned bakery Pastrygirl will be making the wedding cake for the Gresham lesbian couple who were denied service by a Gresham bakery â€” and Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman will be making a second "Bride's Cake" to celebrate the couple tying the knot. In a statement issued to PQ Monthly, Pastrygirl explains the great news:
The two local brides-to-be who were denied service by the Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, whose owners cited their religious beliefs in refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, will now be getting two. Laura Widener, owner and proprietor of Montavilla bakery Pastrygirl, will be making the coupleâ€™s wedding cake. In addition, celebrity baker Duff Goldman, star of the Food Networkâ€™s Ace of Cakes, will be creating a second â€œbrideâ€™s cakeâ€ (in place of the traditional â€œgroomâ€™s cakeâ€) with his team at Charm City Cakes (Baltimore & Los Angeles) and delivering it to the couple. Widener, an LGBT small business owner with deep roots in the community, has created cakes for many same-sex weddings and commitment ceremonies and is proud to be part of this coupleâ€™s celebration. Samples of her work can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/Pastrygirlpdx. â€œI'm doing it for the couple,â€ says Widener. "It's all about the love and commitment these two people share. They want to declare that commitment in the company of their families and friends, and I am proud that my cake will be a part of that celebration. I have been their vendor of choice since a few days after they were so rudely denied. I remember, ten years ago, baking my own wedding cake to share at my celebration with my wife and our families and friends. I was lucky- I didnâ€™t go through the heartache and discrimination of having someone else say â€˜No, we wonâ€™t do that because youâ€™re gay.â€™ I just want to create a beautiful, memorable cake which will enhance a joyous occasion- as my team and I have done for many, many couples over the years. Why would you want a world with less love and less cake?â€ Goldman, a nationally-recognized cake expert and Food Network television star who recently baked a cake for one of the Obama inaugural balls, heard about the Sweet Cakes controversy and volunteered to donate his services to help show his support for marriage equality and bring awareness to this issue. More information on Duff and his work is available at http://www.charmcitycakes.com/.Congratulations to Pastrygirl and to the engaged couple â€” may it be the most beautiful wedding cake anyone has ever seen!