Lyndsay Sung (Baker)

September 15, 2017

Over the past eight years, I've been wooed by the beautiful images on Lyndsay Sung's website Coco Cake Land. Known for her adorable animal cakes and literary-inspired sweets, Lyndsay is a self-taught baker who creates show-stopping cakes from her home in Vancouver, British Columbia. I was first introduced to her work when I came across her super cute Where the Wild Things Are cake and I've been a fan ever since! It's been wonderful to watch her grow over the years. I love the way she's constantly experimenting with bold, bright colors and new designs. Most recently, she's turned her icing into a megaphone, voicing her feelings about feminism and cancer (Lyndsay is a breast cancer survivor) through her cakes! 

{Photo of Lyndsay by Lori Kiessling}


Lyndsay's cakes are truly a sight to behold: fun, mouthwatering, and powerful! You can check out more of her work on her website and through Instagram. A big thanks to Lyndsay for sharing her inspirations, and her cakes, with us today! Scroll down to read more! ~Erin




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Can I lose all street cred and be corny here and say that I just watched Gifted? It's like Good Will Hunting but with a little girl—a child actress that actually isn't annoying at all. It's a quiet, non-life-changing, just-barely-not-quite-made-for-TV movie about a little girl who lives with her uncle after her mathematician genius mom commits suicide. Come for a bearded Chris Evans, stay for a pretty good story (ok, I was bawling). I recently finished watching the super-dark Handmaid's Tale too, but I'm just adding that to counteract that I loved Gifted, haha.





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