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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
- 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.
- 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.
- Fancy Girl Table
294 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11215 ; Tel: 718-422-9151 ; www.fgtable.com
Organic catering, creative menus, beautiful presentation, and sustainable practices are the hallmarks of Fancy Girl. Chef Jeanette Maier's innovative menus use the freshest seasonal ingredients from local farmers. Elegant food for all dietary requirements.
- 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.