One of my favorite bakeries is Fat Angel in Fairfax, California. My clients swear by this place, and the cake to the left was was recently designed for a client. Formerly home to the Fairfax Bakery and various other bakeries since 1939, Fat angel is owned by Shannon Stapel, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She is a resident of Fairfax and has worked in the industry since 1985, most recently with the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station. You can see more of Shannon's work at