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Elisa Strauss specializes in custom-designed cakes, and her wedding confections stand up to her high standards. A favorite among brides is an antique-rose fondant cake with chocolate piping and edible appliquéd chocolate leaves ($10 to $20 per serving).
Elizabeth Hodes212-942-6000; elizabethhodes.com
A Princeton and music-conservatory grad, Hodes now channels her creative energy into original, ¬detailed cakes, often with a Far-East vibe. Her realistic decorations feature novel pairings of sugar-cast lime wedges with straw, roses with pepperberries, and water lilies with cattails. From $11 per serving.gailwatsoncake.com
Watson serves up romantic cakes with icing flowers that complement a bride’s dress or bouquet. She offers ten flavors of cake and even more fillings, from lemon curd to chocolate hazelnut praline ($9 to $12 per serving). Wedding-themed sugar cookies with a couples’ monogram are also available as a perfect wedding favor. Watson recently launched A Simple Cake for budget options ($6.50 to $8 per serving).
JollyBe Bakery718-965-1651; jollybebakery.com
Fans of intricate artistry will adore these creations by art conservator Ruth Seidler-she worked in the conservation labs of two major museums. Fondant is her canvas of choice for creating beautiful floral-design brushwork, marzipan elements, and "stained glass" geometrical designs. From $9 per serving.ladymconfections.com
This divine gallery’s signature wedding cake, the Mille Crêpes, is a light-as-air pile of crêpes sandwiched between layers of cream custard with a hint of cherry liqueur, a caramelized top, and a garnish of gorgeous real and sugar flowers. $12 to $15 per serving.
Lovin Sullivan Cakes by Kate Sullivan212-691-4330; cakepower.com
Fans of modern-with-touches-of-whimsy will love Sullivan’s funky but streamlined cakes. A former magazine photo editor, her attention to detail ensures that whatever a couple’s looking for-whether it be an unfussy white fondant with silver-coated almonds, or a heart-shaped cake covered in a velvety pink fondant with hundreds of tiny, royal-icing roses-it’ll be well-executed here. From $10 per serving.
Made in Heaven Cakes530 Third Ave., nr. 13th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-788-2727
Culinary prowess and art-school educations come together at this family-run bakery, owned by Lisa and Victor Zagami. Brides find favor with the golden-vanilla cake with lemon-chiffon mousse and raspberry filling; the shop owner’s signature flavor remains chocolate cake with cappuccino mousse filling. Order at least four months in advance. Cakes average $7 per serving.margaretbraun.com
Braun’s dazzling creations have a Baroque aesthetic; they’re perfect for those who like vibrant colors and ornate detailing. For chef Bobby Flay’s nuptials, the cake featured creamy orange and yellow stripes with a sugar chalice on top. Braun decorates each cake all by her lonesome, so expect prices to run into four figures (from $20 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!