This cute tea salon is known for its imaginative designs, which often feature flowers, mod dots, or pastel butterflies. Cake-design company Cake Heights often helps out with hand-painted details. From $7 per serving; minimum $300. (good value)
A White Cake335 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., eleventh 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). From $9 per serving; minimum $500. Bohl’s other operation, A Simple Cake, 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 owner Matt Lewis and designer Renato Poliafito excel at classic, home-style wedding cakes, they’ve been known to create deliciously colorful confections like a lime-green tiered number topped with fresh flowers. From $8.50 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 $10 per serving. By appointment only.
Baking for Good888-684-4644; bakingforgood.com
Cookie connoisseurs love baker Emily Dubner’s hand-iced sugar cookies, made from all-natural, local, and seasonal ingredients. Cookies come in a variety of shapes and can be monogrammed. A portion of the proceeds go to a charity of the client’s choosing. Prices upon request. (ecofriendly)
Bee's Knees Baking Co.113 W. 10th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 718-316-3092; beeskneesbakingco.com
Billy Mayer’s cake-cups (which he arranges in a cake-like tower) combine the texture of a traditional cake with the individual experience of a cupcake. Filling options include peanut-butter mousse, candied ginger, strawberry-cayenne jam, and burned-honey cream (paired with a bourbon cake). From $7.50 per cake-cup; $10.50 per custom cake-cup.
Betty Bakery448 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St., Boerum Hill; 718-246-2402; bettybakery.com
This retro-inspired bakeshop serves up old-time favorites, including its take on Ring Dings and Twinkies. Its custom wedding cakes are both scrumptious and beautifully designed. A-list fans include Michelle Williams and Maggie Gyllenhaal. From $10 to $15 per serving.bijouxdoux.com
Known for her intricate, Victorian-style cakes, Ellen Baumwoll also produces playful designs. Fillings are inventive (think passion-fruit curd), and cakes can be covered in fondant, marzipan, buttercream, or ganache. From $10 per serving.
Butterfly Bakeshop212-686-2253; butterflybakeshop.com
Couples hire Orlando Léon 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 fourteen years, Cynthia Peithman has been whipping up romantic styles with edible lace, flowers, pearls, and beading (in the usual flavors, plus almond Génoise and lemon–poppy seed). Her wedding cakes have graced the pages of Brides and Bridal Guide. From $9 to $16 per serving. By appointment only.
Cake Lush646-770-6864; cakelush.com
Greggy Soriano whips up intricate confections on TLC’s Next Great Baker, and he’s not afraid to take risks, as he did with a topsy-turvy cake in the form of stacked Victorian hatboxes. From $8 to $17 per serving. 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.
Cakes By Nicolle917-579-0034; cakesbynicolle.com
A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Nicolle Rodriguez turns out decadent confections like a devil’s-food cake with vanilla-cream-cheese filling. Cakes can be prepared in any flavor combination and covered in fondant, ganache, or an Italian-meringue buttercream; she also makes groom’s cakes. From $9 per serving; $400 minimum. By appointment only.cecicelanyc.com
Francophiles in search of traditional croquembouche (macarons piled high into a cone shape) call on this Nolita café, which is renowned for its well-executed French classics like langues-de-chat cookies and madeleines. From $8 per serving.cherylkleinman.blogspot.com
Expect streamlined shapes covered with smooth fondant or marzipan, adorned with sugar flowers. Cakes come in a variety of flavors, like old-fashioned banana and hazelnut-almond, with assorted fillings. From $10 to $15 per serving (though Kleinman will work with budgets as low as $250). (good value)
From the Winter 2014 New York Wedding Guide