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Lemon cake with fresh blackberries and a walnut cake server. PHOTO: Courtesy of Whisk and Whittle.
Dark chocolate and raspberry mousse cake. PHOTO: Courtesy of Whisk and Whittle.
Walnut cutting board, $180. PHOTO: Tyler James Photography.
Founders Emily and Corey Petrick. PHOTO: Tyler James Photography.

Labor of Love

by C California Style

A young Eastside couple collaborate on a sweet new culinary concept.

From their home in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood, husband-and-wife team Emily and Corey Petrick have launched Whisk and Whittle, a year-old venture offering confections and artisanal kitchen accessories that unites Emily’s culinary talents with Corey’s woodworking skills. Before striking out on her own, Emily, a professionally trained baker, had worked for several local shops, including Milo & Olive in Santa Monica, but felt the urge to go solo. “I didn’t want to wake up at 2 a.m. anymore,” she says with a laugh.

When Corey saw her eyeing wooden utensils online, inspiration struck. “I thought, ‘I can make that,’ ” he recalls. “So I went out to the shed and started. It just came naturally.” (Corey’s “real job,” as he puts it, is film production.)

“The first spoon he made was so beautiful,” adds Emily, admitting it’s sometimes hard to part with his work, which is sold through their website (a veritable treasure chest of charming wedding gifts).

Word of mouth has spread quickly, and Emily, who counts her grandmother’s cookbook collection as a benchmark, now caters a variety of events, yet remains focused on wedding cakes. She personally delivers the showstoppers and helps with their setup, as well as staging elaborate spreads of sweets—including an all-cookie option—to meet the growing demand for dessert tables. With Corey doubling as taste tester (he’s given the gluten- and sugar-free recipes the stamp of approval), expect nothing less than perfection. whiskandwhittle.com