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City Cakes251 W. 18th St., nr. Eighth Ave., lower level; 646-688-2286; citycakesny.com
These French Culinary Institute–trained experts specialize in sugar-paste flowers, fondant design, and buttercream and icing. They turn out cakes in bold colors and in flavors such as amaretto and cookies and cream. From $8 to $25 per serving. (good value)
City Sweets & Confections251 W. 30th St., nr. Eighth Ave., third fl.; 917-817-1058; citysweets.com
Deborah Lauren uses fine ingredients to create more than 50 flavors of artful cakes, often adorning them with delicate sugar flowers. A Champagne cake with three-berry filling is particularly popular. Alec Baldwin tapped this team to create his wedding cake. Prices upon request; by appointment only.colettescakes.com
Acclaimed baker Colette Peters creates outrageous cakes, sometimes gussied up with Swarovski crystals or shaped like skyscrapers. Fillings include chocolate truffle and passion-fruit buttercream. From $10 per serving; $1,500 minimum. By appointment only.
Collette Foley Specialty Baking646-246-6402; collettefoley.com
This culinary whiz sculpts stunning, polished cakes that range from classic confections bedecked with flowers to modern creations with geometric appliqués. Unusual filling options include Nutella mousse, passion-fruit curd, and kumquat-caramel marmalade. From $7.75 per serving.dominiqueansel.com
The inventor of the renowned Cronut uses traditional and avant-garde techniques to create works such as the Paris–New York, which places an American twist on a traditional French pastry, and he once made a Jack-and-Coke-flavored groom’s cake. Prices upon request.
Eat Cake Be Merry917-576-3015; eatcakebemerry.com
Liz Shim’s clean designs with bold pops of color are a hit among the country-club set. A three-tiered white cake with bright-pink flowers and green leaves evokes a Lilly Pulitzer vibe; Shim ornamented another creation with a preppy-looking monogram. From $10 per serving; $1,000 minimum.
Elizabeth Hodes Custom Cakes & Sugar Art212-942-6000; elizabethhodes.com
Hodes’s cakes come adorned with her stunning handmade (and edible) decorations. Choose from a range of sugar flowers or lifelike animals such as intricately sculpted dragons. From $10 per serving, $300 minimum.
Empire Cake112 Eighth Ave., nr. 16th St.; 212-242-5858; empirecake.com
Empire’s custom fondant-covered tiered wedding cakes combine a classic shape with modern details—an ombré chevron pattern or real-looking ribbons and bows made from fondant. Choose a classic flavor or create your own with fillings such as passion-fruit curd or coconut cream. $500 order minimum. (good value)
François Payard Bakery116 W. Houston St., nr. Sullivan St. (various locations); 212-995-0888; payard.com
The downtown bakery of the legendary pastry chef crafts classic French cakes with an American twist, such as a creamy five-tiered beauty covered with pastel macarons. A favorite is the Madeleine, a vanilla pound cake with lemon curd and raspberries. From $7 per serving.
Haute So Sweet642 W. 28th St., nr. 12th Ave., ground fl.; 212-695-1711; hautesosweet.com
French Culinary Institute alum Michelle Apiar’s cake designs include quirky European-inspired flavors such as her Grandmother’s Slavic Cake, as well as one-of-a-kind confections and an assortment of delectable odds and ends. From $12 per serving. By appointment only.
Heather Barranco Dreamcakes212-920-9777; heatherbarranco.com
Barranco meticulously hand-paints showcase-worthy cakes with flourishes, ranging from a metallic, multicolored peacock to a pattern of soft peach peonies. Flavors such as carrot praline cake drizzled with caramel and chocolate bananas Foster keep the inside interesting as well. From $10 per slice; $300 minimum.
Ladurée New York864 Madison Ave., nr. 71st St.; 398 W. Broadway, nr. Spring St.; 646-558-3157; laduree.com
You no longer have to fly to Paris to indulge in these picture-perfect macarons. Ladurée’s New York locations serve its signature treats in an array of flavors and colors to match your wedding palette. Order the traditional croquembouche or hand out boxes of these bite-size delights as reception favors ($5.50 to $18).ladym.com
Lady M’s signature wedding cake is a light-as-air pile of crêpes sandwiched between layers of cream custard with a caramelized top. A three-tiered version starts at $650.
Lael Cakes484-358-9305; laelcakes.com
Brooklyn-based pastry chef Emily Lael Aumiller (who trained as an artist before apprenticing with Sylvia Weinstock) specializes in vegan and dairy- and gluten-free custom cakes. Incorporating unusual blends of flours (millet, brown rice, and tapioca), local fruit, and veggie-derived coloring, Aumiller’s creations are easy on the eyes and palate. From $12 per serving; $300 minimum. (ecofriendly)
LoveLetter CakeShop535 Fifth Ave., nr. 44th St., fourth fl.; 212-634-7850; lovelettercakeshop.com
Owners Brandon Baker and Carmela Tracy make wedding cakes that taste as good as they look. Their elegant designs, often inspired by details from the wedding décor, are paired with one of 17 inventive flavors, such as the popular “Honeymoon in Cancun,” which jazzes up traditional vanilla cake with pineapple curd, coconut buttercream, and blood-orange filling. From $7 a serving.
Love Street Cakes646-657-0424; lovestreetcakes.com
Baker Archana Rao attended the Culinary Institute of America and produces hand-painted cakes with a graphic, modern feel. Frosting flavors include peanut butter and brown sugar. From $8 to $15 per serving.
Lulu Cake Boutique146 E. 37th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-429-3000; everythinglulu.com
Producing delicious and beautiful cakes is what creator and company owner Jay Muse does best. From traditional confections to intensely detailed showstoppers, each cake is made the day of the event to guarantee it tastes just as good as it looks. From $7 to $18 per serving. By appointment only. (good value)
Made in Heaven Cakes530 Third Ave., nr. 13th St., Gowanus; 718-788-2727; madeinheavencakes.com
Pastry chef Victoria Zagami recently took the reins of this bakery, founded by her parents nearly 20 years ago. Brides favor the golden vanilla cake with vanilla mousse and chocolate ganache, but the shop’s signature flavor is chocolate devil’s cake with cappuccino mousse. From $10 per serving.
Madison Lee's Cakes336 W. 37th St., nr Ninth Ave.; Ste. 330; 212-564-5656; madisonleescakes.com
Specializing in botanically correct sugar flowers and piped lacework, this designer uses old-school techniques and innovative styles to create a couple’s fantasy wedding cake. Flavors range from a decadent chocolate ganache to a childhood favorite, funfetti. From $12 per serving; $500 minimum.margaretbraun.com
Braun’s dazzling creations are modern, architectural, and vibrantly colored. For chef Bobby Flay’s nuptials, she made a cake with creamy orange-and-yellow stripes and a sugar chalice on top. Braun decorates each cake herself, so expect prices to run into four figures. Prices upon request. By appointment only.
- 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.