Welcome to Cakes by Rachel,
crafting custom designed wedding cakes, made from all natural ingredients and eggs from our hens.

I have been honored to be part of the Charlottesville and Central Virginia local food community since 1993, working as a chef, caterer, baker, barista, and farmer. Now I am using my experience and knowledge of our area, its venues, farms and resources to create one-of-a-kind, delicious desserts.

One might even call it “Farm to Cake Table”

I offer many gluten free, vegan, and dairy free cake options. I invite you to contact me to create a delicious dessert for your celebration.

 “A party without cake is just a meeting.” -Julia Childrachel-orniment

I have been cooking professionally for 30 years and I have loved every minute of it.  After graduating from The New England Culinary Institute and cooking in France (including a stage at Le Balandre in Cahors), I moved to Charlottesville and was a chef in many wonderful restaurants.  About 18 years into my career, got married and started a farm and family.

To pursue my love of the creative culinary arts and to buy hay, I am creating hand crafted one of a kind cakes for special occasions.  My family and I live on a wind-swept mountain top in Crozet, Virginia.  We balance growing food, loving each other, tending the sheep and enjoying cake!  Please feel free to contact me with questions or if you are having a celebration in the Central Virginia/Charlottesville area, I would be honored to create a cake for you!

Also, check out our farm, blacktwigfarm.com