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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
- 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 at Queens Museum
NYC Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368 ; Tel: 646-673-8814 ; delishny.com
Catering to couples in the tri-state area, Delish NY creates highly personalized, unforgettable wedding experiences at any venue, and is the exclusive caterer for the spectacular new Queens Museum, overlooking the Unisphere.
- 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.
- Lombardi's Love Lane Market
Tel: 631-298-9500 ; www.lombardislovelanemarket.com
Specializing in catering to Vineyard Weddings and Events, Lombardi's Love Lane Market is located in the heart of the North Fork, LI. Menus are customized with an inspired seasonal selection, using local ingredients. Lombardi Caterers has been providing professional catering and quality food since 1976.
- 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 with restaurant quality cuisine to each event. Mint utilizes seasonal menus crafted by our talented Chefs.
- Neuman's Kitchen
203 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002 ; Tel: 212-228-2444 ; www.neumanskitchen.com
Neuman's Kitchen brings 34 years of award-winning experience from their kitchen to yours. Experts in design and wedding artistry collaborate with chefs to create innovative bites like mini Montauk lobster rolls and pork belly lollipops. A house favorite is braised beef short ribs with Romesco, goat cheese potato puree and olive tapenade.
- 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.
- 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.