HISTORY

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Dream Cakes has been one of Portland’s most celebrated wedding cake companies since 1994. Previously owned & operated by Judy Reese who retired in 2014. Judy trained her replacement, Johannah, for over a year, teaching her all of her recipes & techniques. From owner to owner, Dream Cakes plans on serving the local Portland area for many generations & weddings to come. Dream Cakes is not a factory production bakery. Every ounce of our time, love & care go into making every individual wedding cake to ensure that we create the wedding cake of your dreams. Our goal is to destroy the stigma that wedding cake is bad. We want you & your guests to have the best wedding cake ever!

Johannah is originally from Reno, Nevada, where she baked her first batch of cookies at age four with her Grandma; from then on she was hooked on life in the kitchen. She moved to Portland in 2008, graduated twice from the Oregon Culinary Institute, with degrees in baking & pastry as well as the culinary program. Since then, Jo has worked as the lead production baker at Black Sheep Bakery, helped open Bushel & Peck Bakeshop, served as the pastry and line cook at Natural Selection, worked at St. Cupcake, QUIN, Ken's Artisan Pizza & GEM gluten free bakery, all while wholesaling her vegan cakes to local vegan bars. 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

I absolutely loved our cake! Not only was it beautiful & unique on the outside, but it tasted amazing! It was hands-down the best wedding cake I’ve tasted & I was so impressed with the creativity and sophistication of the flavors. I loved the fresh fruit in the fillings & the special home-made toffee crunch paired with the carrot-cake. There was no fake flavor in it and the cake was very moist. Part of the chocolate layer went home with us & I couldn’t help snacking on it. I’ve recommended Dream Cakes to others & will continue to do so!
— stephanie
PHOTO BY BECCA BLEVINS

PHOTO BY BECCA BLEVINS

In short, our cake was BEAUTIFUL, DELICIOUS, & everyone loved it! Johannah has it down! Her cakes are made from scratch with real butter, & the frosting is incredible. She can make buttercream frosting look so smooth that it looks like fondant, but tastes amazing. You’ll have a hard time choosing flavors, as they are all wonderful, which is a good problem to have! She referred us to a company to make a custom cake topper which looked great as well. We tried a couple other places, but nobody came close to the taste of Johannah’s cakes.
— kathleen & david
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Joey & I both wanted to say that you were an absolute pleasure to work with. In addition to your warm personality, you have a true talent. The wedding cake was unbelievable! You should have heard the guests ooh & aah. I had a bridesmaid eat 5 pieces.
— joey & emily harrington
PHOTO BY JESSICA HILL

PHOTO BY JESSICA HILL

Dream Cakes was a part of our wedding package at Timberline Lodge & we could not have picked a better one ourselves! We were unable to do a tasting or meet in person before the wedding since we were coming from out of state so we coordinated through email & I mailed the ribbon. The cake was one of the best wedding cakes I have ever tasted & it was beautifully constructed! We got rave reviews about the look & taste, she captured exactly what we were looking for & we will be getting another one for one of our anniversaries! The only negative I can think of is there were so many delicious looking options for flavors it was hard to choose!!!
— ruth pennington
PHOTO BY CHRISTA TAYLOR

PHOTO BY CHRISTA TAYLOR

We are on our way back to D.C. before we head out on our honeymoon, and I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful wedding cake you made for our wedding on Saturday! I have never had such a delicious wedding cake at any wedding ever, and everyone we talked to at the wedding was just raving about how delicious it was. Also, we received so many compliments on the shortbread cookies, which disappeared before dinner even started!

I’m sorry I didn’t have the chance to meet you in person on Saturday, so wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how grateful we are for everything you did for us!

Thanks so much.
— lynette & kris
PHOTO BY CHRISTA TAYLOR

PHOTO BY CHRISTA TAYLOR

It was the most beautiful cake I had even seen in my life. It was almost too pretty to eat. Truly the best cake Dave, my husband & I have ever had. People are still talking about it & hope we have another party next year with another perfect cake! Thank you, thank you so much!!
— nani & dave
PHOTO BY BRITTANY LAUREN

PHOTO BY BRITTANY LAUREN

Thank you so much for designing my utterly amazing cake! You are a true pro & a skilled artist. We appreciate your generosity & enthusiasm. The cake was delicious & the cookies were darling. Everything was just perfect.
— nora & tyler
Dream Cakes was exactly that…a Dream!!! The cake and cupcakes were delicious and Johannah was amazing to work with!!! She was sweet, friendly, and fun! Just the tasting will blow your mind!!! The buttercream was perfect and the cake was perfection. Thank you so much for being an important detail in our wedding! We couldn’t have been happier!!!
— megan & hans
PHOTO BY JESSICA HILL

PHOTO BY JESSICA HILL

If you are looking for phenomenal service & the most fantastic cake ever, look no further. Johanna is amazing!!! She is so professional, creative, & a fantastic baker. We had NO cake left from the wedding & none left on any plate. Be sure to order a small cake to save. Her flavors are fresh & she has a great variety to select from. The cake was moist & delicious. Everyone at our wedding was impressed. She managed a large wedding with ease (we had 145 people), made the cakes perfectly to our specifications, & with materials we wanted, she decorated the cakes beautifully. We were so excited then we saw the cakes at the reception. She delivered on time & made our wedding a truly unforgettable event. The pictures of our cakes look like they were made for a photo shoot. We couldn’t have asked for better service from anyone. I would highly recommend her, you will receive exceptional 5 star service for a very modest price.
— susan & erika
Julia Green Photography

Julia Green Photography

 

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