When my son and daughter-in-law (Paul and Kristy) asked me to make the wedding cake for their Malibu wedding, I said "no." Although I am a bold person who loves a challenge, I didn't think I could pull it off. If I am going to be honest, I doubted that I could build a beautiful cake AND make myself look good on the day of my youngest child's wedding! The idea of baking, transporting the tiers from NC to CA, and then decorating it was daunting. After a meltdown or two, I decided to do it for no other reason than the fact that I love those crazy kids. After taste tests, sample cakes, and many debates about the flavors, My husband David and I packed up six carefully wrapped tiers and flew to CA with a suitcase full of love. Fortunately, we made it to our hotel with 6 frozen layers (chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate). Thanks to the time and talent of many, the cake was worthy of this sweet couple. A special thanks to the staff at the charming Malibu Country Inn for storing the cakes in their freezer. Another thanks to Cheryl and David Beal who provided the gorgeous flowers that turned this cake into a memory of a lifetime. My dear friends, Arnette, Terry, and Rose made this cake sparkle "Kristy-style" with laughter and love that I will never forget. John, YOU rock! When we couldn't get an Uber, you chauffeured us (+ the cake) to the wedding. And Rafael, thanks for the amazing photos. Sometimes it takes a village...and that's the magic. Congratulations Paul and Kristy! We love you!