This cute tea salon is known for its imaginative designs, which often feature flowers, mod dots, or pastel butterflies. Prices upon request. (good value)
A White Cake335 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., 11th fl.; 917-513-9559; awhitecake.com
At this midtown bakery, the details and colors of any cake can be customized to match a bride’s dress and bouquet to perfection. Flavors are traditional (chocolate mousse, coconut cream) and not so traditional (toasted almond, espresso). Servings are $8 to $10 each; minimum $500. Owner Lauren Bohl White’s other operation, A Simple Cake, which she runs with partner Gail Watson, provides unadorned cakes for couples who want their florist to add the finishing touch.bakednyc.com
In the cutthroat world of New York cupcakes, Baked has a devout following. Though owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito excel at classic, home-style wedding cakes, they’ve been known to create deliciously colorful confections such as a lime-green tiered number topped with fresh flowers. From $10 per serving.bakedideas.com
Patti Paige’s memorable, colorful wedding cakes often incorporate her signature custom-designed sugar cookies. She’s particularly sought-after for her drool-inducing semisweet-chocolate ganache and buttercream fillings. From $14 per serving.
Baking for Good31-31 48th Ave., at 31st Pl., Unit B., Long Island City; 718-734-8373; bakingforgood.com
Cookie connoisseurs love baker and owner Hope Jones’s hand-iced sugar cookies, made from seasonal, all-natural, and often local ingredients. Cookies come in a variety of shapes and can be monogrammed. For orders over $300, a portion of proceeds go to a charity of the client’s choosing. From $3 per cookie. (ecofriendly)
Betty Bakery448 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St., Boerum Hill; 718-246-2402; bettybakery.com
This retro-inspired bakeshop serves up old-time favorites, including original takes on Ring Dings and Twinkies. Its custom wedding cakes are both scrumptious and beautifully designed. A-list fans of the bakery include Michelle Williams and Maggie Gyllenhaal. From $10 to $18 per serving.
Known for her intricate Victorian-style cakes, Ellen Baumwoll also produces playful designs. Fillings are inventive (think passion-fruit buttercream), and cakes can be covered in fondant, marzipan, or ganache. From $10 per serving.
Butterfly Bakeshop133 E. 39th St., nr. Lexington Ave., second fl.; 212-686-2253; butterflybakeshop.com
Couples hire Orlando León for cakes adorned with colorful sugar butterflies, but he does customized decorations, too. His signature guava-and-dulce-de-leche filling is a must-try. From $525 for 100 people. (good value)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. She specializes in blending flavors to suit a couple’s taste and also gives cake-making classes for DIY types. From $9 per serving.cakeline.com
For 15 years, Cynthia Peithman has been whipping up romantic styles with edible lace, flowers, pearls, and beading (in the usual flavors, plus special ones like almond Génoise and lemon–poppy seed). Her wedding cakes have graced the pages of Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings. Prices upon request. By appointment only.
Cake Power212-691-4330; cakepower.com
Kate Sullivan can do traditional elegance (think pastels and sugar flowers), art-inspired confections, or sculptural works that defy gravity. She once created a cake in the shape of the Guggenheim in New York. From $10 per serving; $800 minimum. By appointment only.cecicelanyc.com
Francophiles in search of traditional croquembouche (cream puffs piled high into a cone shape) call on this Nolita café, which is renowned for its well-executed French classics such as langues-de-chat cookies and madeleines. Prices upon request.cherylkleinman-cakes.com
Expect streamlined shapes covered with smooth fondant or marzipan and adorned with sugar flowers. Cakes come in a variety of flavors, such as old-fashioned banana and hazelnut-almond, with assorted fillings. From $10 to $18 per serving.
- Loveletter Cakeshop
535 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor New York, NY 10017 ; Tel: 212-634-7850 ; www.lovelettercakeshop.com
Loveletter is a boutique bakery specializing in custom designed wedding cakes as well as cakes for all special occasions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, bridal showers, and all other celebrations of love. We are conveniently located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown and we offer complimentary cake tastings for orders over $350.
- Magnolia Bakery
Multiple locations New York, NY ; Tel: 855-MBAKERY ; www.magnoliabakery.com
Our accomplished team of wedding professionals is here to help you create beautiful, memorable wedding desserts in celebration of your special day. We specialize in custom baked goods, including tiered wedding cakes, cupcakes, cupcake trees, deconstructed wedding cakes, dessert tables and personalized wedding favors. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.