This cute tea salon is known for its imaginative designs, which often feature flowers or mod dots. Cake designer Betina Estela specializes in hand-painted details. From $9 per serving; minimum $350.
A Simple Cake335 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., eleventh fl.; 917-499-2030; asimplecake.com
Known for its minimalist and elegant confections, A Simple Cake offers nineteen designs with a variety of batter, filling, and icing choices. It’s a best bet for a couple on a budget who is looking for an unadorned cake or who would like a florist to add the special finishing touch. From $6.50 to $8.50 per serving.
A White Cake by Lauren Bohl White335 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., eleventh fl.; 917-513-9559; awhitecake.com
This midtown bakery recently merged with Gail Watson Custom Cakes. A White Cake perfectly matches the colors and details of their cakes to a bride’s dress and bouquet. Their cakes come in traditional (chocolate mousse, coconut cream) and not-so-traditional (toasted almond, espresso) flavors. From $9 per serving; minimum $500.bakednyc.com
In the cutthroat world of New York cupcakes, Baked has a devout following, and with good reason. Though cake designers Matt Lewis and 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 live florals from Brooklyn florist Saipua. From $5 to $10 per serving. (good value)bakedideas.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. (good value)
Baking for Goodbakingforgood.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 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-designed wedding cakes are both yummy 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 whimsical 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 $475 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 thirteen 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 $8.50 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.
Cakes By Nicolle16 W. 23rd St., nr. Fifth Ave., fourth fl.; 917-579-0034; cakesbynicolle.com
A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Nicolle Rodriguez turns out confections that are both decadent and delicious. Cake can be prepared in any flavor combination and covered in fondant, ganache, or an Italian meringue buttercream; she also makes grooms’ cakes. From $9 per serving; $400 minimum.thecakestudionyc.com
Based in Williamsburg, Jill Adams has made her mark with both classic cakes and more outré designs, rife with playful touches and asymmetrical patterns. One cake looked like his-and-hers Converse sneakers, and another was Keith Haring-inspired. Tiered cakes from $10 per serving; $600 minimum.cecicelanyc.com
Francophiles in search of traditional croquembouche (macarons piled high into a cone) 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 and 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).
From the Summer 2013 New York Wedding Guide
- Elegantly Iced
102 President Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 ; Tel: 718-938-9062 ; elegantlyiced.com
Sugar sculptor Lindsey Gamble pushes limits with her cakes from whimsical to opulent to understated elegance, often including amazingly realistic sugar flowers. Ingredients like organic eggs, French butter, and Belgian chocolate makes them taste as good as they look!