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
- Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
71 West 23rd Street, #1611 New York, NY 10010 ; Tel: 212-696-4076 ; www.abigailkirsch.com
Memorable weddings and Abigail Kirsch are synonymous. Whether at one of our exclusive venues or a select venue in the tri-state area, our event managers will create a unique celebration that reflects your vision.
- Creative Concepts NYC
380 Lexington Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10168 ; Tel: 646-308-1243 ; www.creativeconceptsnyc.com
A boutique custom catering and event company with fare that is hand-made, fresh and approachable. Our unique team knows that events can be stressful — We're here to make them easy, beautiful and delicious.
- Delish NY Catering
250 W 57th Street, Suite 613 New York, NY ; Tel: 646-620- 4335 ; www.delishny.com
DelishNY Catering provides a wide range of tasteful and creative foods for any event. Our relationships with a multitude of culinary teams allow us to present limitless options for our catering clients. And we pride ourselves in thinking locally— embracing the communities we serve, we allow the local flavor and spirit to shine in everything we do.
- Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning
247 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-921-4100 ; marciaselden.com
Marcia Selden Catering has been creating unique events with an accent on extraordinary food, creativity, & highly polished professional service for over 38 years. The award-winning, family run business has a passion for creating dream events with fun, delicious, and interesting cuisine that will wow you and your guests.
- 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.
- Ryan Brown Catering New York
294 Third Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 718-852-2575 ; www.ryanbrowncatering.com
Executive chef Brown, a French Culinary Institute grad, takes an organic, seasonal, farm-to-table approach, customizing menus to meet the needs of each couple. Highlights include his Pineland Farms beef short rib with horseradish gremolata served with black-truffle mashed potatoes. From $85 per person for a seated four-course dinner. (ecofriendly/good value)
- Sterling Affair
Tel: 212-686-4075 ; sterlingaffair.com
Exquisite food, impeccable service and flawless execution are synonymous with Sterling Affair after 25 years in business. Offering full service catering and event planning at prestigious venues and off-premise sites throughout the tri state region.