Living the Sweet Dream: Everything But The Dress


Have a party coming up and in need of some delicious cakes? Give Everything But The Dress a call for any cake or cupcake creation that you need.

image1 (1)Everything But The Dress offers delicious cupcakes, wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and everyday cakes with an array of different flavors. After sampling an assortment, I have to highly recommend the hazelnut buttercream cupcake and the chocolate and Nutella filled cupcake (I am a die hard chocolate lover after all). The cupcakes have just the right proportion of filling, buttercream, and cake and are as amazing to eat as they are beautiful.

Ashley Ost, owner of Everything But The Dress, decided to pursue her dream at the start of this year of owning her own baking company, and she hit the ground running. She has become so popular and busy in this town that she is booked solid this summer and starting to book into next summer as well.

IMG_1528Ost studied baking at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island and has baked in multiple cities across the country. Her love of the mountains encouraged her to move west for a winter, and as most of us have experienced, one winter was all it took for Ost to decide to make Jackson her home.

She now spends her days baking in the Old Wilson Schoolhouse kitchen. After the busy summer, Ost plans to start a cake decorating class throughout the winter. She wants to spread her love of baking with everyone. Want to try some of Everything But The Dress’ cakes and cupcakes? Call or email Ost to custom order at or 307-690-8998.

Here are some hints to recreate Everything But The Dress’ signature cakes. Check out Ost’s tips and tricks and her Chocolate Cake recipe.

image1 (3)Ashley’s Tips and Tricks

  • Less is more when it comes to decorating.
  • Tools can often help you achieve success. For example: A level can help achieve perfectly level cakes.
  • A crumb coat is a must!
  • Techniques don’t always work for everyone, think outside the box and create your own if something doesn’t work for you.
  • Decorating possibilities are endless. Be creative and have fun!


EBTD Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups hot coffee
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk


  • Pour hot coffee over chocolate, melt completely and set aside.
  • Sift all dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
  • Put oil and eggs into mixing bowl, using whisk attachment mix until combined.
  • Add chocolate and coffee mixture, whisk until combined. In increments of three add dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  • Scrape bowl and ensure that no lumps are present, if so whisk again until smooth.
  • Slowly add buttermilk on 1st speed. Once fully combined, take off mixer and pour into a greased cake pan.
  • Bake at 325 F for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before removing from cake pan.


About Author

Mollie is a native Cape Codder who learned at an early age how to put a lobster to sleep, harvest cranberries, and dig for clams. After high school she followed her sense of adventure out west to the University of Wyoming where she graduated with marketing and communication degrees. She found herself making roots in Jackson, her fiance’s hometown, and using her sales skills combined with her love of anything delicious to join the Dishing sales team. She loves baking from scratch, large glasses of red wine, and hiking with her heeler, Newton. She’ll try anything, but remains a stuck up Cape Codder when it comes to seafood. If she didn’t catch it or see it come off the boat, don’t even try tempting her.

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