This relative newcomer to the baking scene specializes in imaginative designs featuring flowers, butterflies, or mod dots. Resident cake designer Collette Foley (who also has her own cake company) prepares bright creations that are in high demand. From $7.50 a slice.
If you’re looking for a unique cake topper, you’ll love Ann Wood’s handmade Sweetheart Birds-two twee birds crafted in Brooklyn and made of mostly antique fabrics. They are either one-of-a kind or made in small quantities.
April Reed Cake Design212-358-7071; aprilreed.com
Stunningly elegant, Reed’s designs come with accents of Mokuba ribbon, handrolled truffles, and handmade flowers like sweet peas and magnolia blossoms. A true collaborator, Reed helps couples envision their ideal cake. Her process? She sketches; they taste. Order six months in advance; cakes start at $800.
Bake and More, LLC.104 S. Broadway, South Amboy, N.J.; 732-533-0334; bakeandmore.com
Beth Sullivan and Madalyn Purcell create elegant, upscale cakes with none of the pretension. They offer an array of designs and nearly 25 fillings. They’re also known for their cheesecake in specialty flavors like amaretto, mocha cream, and apple cinnamon. From $6 per serving.bijouxdoux.com
Best known for her intricate, Victorian-style cakes, Ellen Baumwoll also produces more whimsical designs (think chocolate curls and valentine hearts). Cakes start at $10 per serving, and fillings run the gamut from traditional buttercream to hazelnut truffle; cakes can be covered in fondant, marzipan, buttercream, or ganache.cakealchemy.com
Lauri Ditunno trained at the Culinary Institute of America and it paid off: Her "Orchid Ambiance" was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful Cakes" by Brides magazine. Cake Alchemy specializes in blending unique flavors to each couples’ taste. From $9 per serving.cakeline.com
Cynthia Peithman offers romantic styles with edible lace, flowers, pearls, and beading (in the usual flavors, plus almond génoise and lemon poppy seed). Fillings are flavored ganaches, mousses, or buttercreams ($8.50 to $16 per serving).cakemanraven.com
This Harlem-born baker and designer has built a reputation on confections like his famous red-velvet cake. Consultation fee is $50, and delivery charge is based on the wedding’s location. From $10 per serving.thecakestudionyc.com
Five years ago, Jill Adams set up her cozy cake shop in Williamsburg. She eschews traditional designs for imaginative cakes that often follow asymmetrical patterns, keeping details to a minimum. For weddings, her team will generally pair chocolate or vanilla batter with a more exotic dulce de leche or coconut filling. From $10 per guest.ceci-celapatisserie.com
This Nolita café is renowned for its exquisite French delicacies. They’ll do anything from white buttercream confections to the French croquembouche, but the Poire William (a light vanilla sponge cake with a pear vanilla-cream filling) is Ceci’s thing. From $7 per slice.
Brides and grooms should expect streamlined shapes covered with smooth fondant or marzipan icing and adorned with sugar flowers. Cakes come in eleven flavors, from old-fashioned banana to hazelnut-almond, with assorted fillings ($10 to $12 per serving, though Kleinman will work with budgets as low as $250).colettescakes.com
Acclaimed baker Colette Peters will create a couple’s ideal wedding cake-even if that means something shaped like a skyscraper or gussied up with Swarovski crystals. Fillings include chocolate truffle and buttercream with jam (from $13 per serving; $1,000 minimum).collettefoley.com
This culinary pro turns out stunning, polished cakes. Her confections range from regal, classic affairs bedecked with beautiful flowers to innovative creations with cool, modern twists. Particularly striking is her square cake with abstract chartreuse stripes. From $13 per serving.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- Amerivents at Queens Museum
NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368 ; Tel: 646-673-8814 ; amerivents.com
Catering to couples in the tri-state area, Amerivents creates highly personalized, unforgettable wedding experiences at any venue, and is the exclusive caterer for the spectacular new Queens Museum, overlooking the Unisphere.
- Canard, Inc.
503 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036 ; Tel: 212.947.2480 ; canardinc.com
These trendsetters have created such hors d'oeuvres as a deconstructed caesar salad and savory beet marshmallows. Whether for cutting edge menus or comfort food favorites, this caterer is a crowd pleaser. Prices upon request.
- Creative Concepts NYC
380 Lexington Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10168 ; Tel: 646-308-1243 ; www.creativeconceptsnyc.com
CCNYC is a full-scale catering and event company. We are dedicated to making your day one to remember by utilizing our unique team approach and having the keen ability to listen to your needs.
- Fig and Pig Catering
12 Whitwell Place Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 718-233-4287 ; www.figandpigcatering.com
Fig and Pig is a creatively driven catering company with a devotion to seasonal ingredients and the production of quality, food-focused events. Our food is methodical, yet instinctual; comforting, yet contemporary.
- Housing Works Bookstore Café and The Works Catering
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10026 ; Tel: 646-786-1100 ; www.theworkscatering.com
With 100% of proceeds benefitting the homeless living with HIV/AIDS this Soho bookshop resembles an Ivy League library with its spiral staircases, mahogany balconies, and rows of books. The Works Catering, also operated by Housing Works, serves amazing seasonal fare.
- Mint Catering
450 West 33rd Street New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-695-1169 ; www.mintcatering.com
Mint Catering, brought to you by the Tour De France Restaurant Group, strives to bring an innovative experience to your event. Mint utilizes custom menus crafted by our talented Chefs using seasonal and local products.
- Neuman's Kitchen
203 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002 ; Tel: 212-228-2444 ; www.neumanskitchen.com
The award-winning Neuman's Kitchen is the place for your wedding, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. Our services include: event and food design, personalized menus, venue sourcing, staffing and rentals, and more.
- Purslane Catering
333 Clinton Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 ; Tel: 718-701-8344 ; www.purslanecatering.com
Brought to you by the team behind well-loved Rucola restaurant, Purslane Catering brings a farm-to-table ethos and delicious, sustainable and beautifully executed cuisine to all of your special events. Seated dinner from $125 per person.
- Simply Divine
334 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-541-7300 ; www.SimplyDivine.com
Simply Divine – sophisticated event design/creative full service catering. Quality, exceptional design concept and presentation style, superb menus, outstanding service. We happen to be kosher and we are divine!