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A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Mark Randazzo specializes in flavor pairings: Think raspberry and gianduja fillings combined with rich Valrhona chocolate. The talented staff here can nail any vision, whether it’s an elaborate sculpture or a minimalist buttercream beauty. From $8 per serving.michelledollcakes.com
This sugar artist’s background as a graphic designer is evident in her signature draping and intricate detailing. Her red velvet arrives crowned with vanilla buttercream frosting and a swirl of Nutella. What’s more: She once beat Bobby Flay in a wedding-cake throw down on the Food Network. From $9 per serving; $300 minimum.
Momofuku Milk Bar382 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; (various locations); milkbarstore.com
This cult favorite uses fresh ingredients to make multitiered wedding cakes with a just-baked taste. Innovative flavors include pistachio, strawberry-lemon, chocolate chip, and pretzel. Delivery and setup available on location. From $400 for a three-tier cake; $575 for four tiers. (ecofriendly / good value)
Nine Cakes155 Columbia St., nr. Degraw St., Columbia Waterfront; 347-907-9632; ninecakes.com
Owner Betsy Thorleifson stirs up stunning, handcrafted, tiered creations covered in buttercream and adorned with elegant flowers or graphic prints. Thorleifson and her team will gladly customize flavor pairings (e.g., hazelnut cake with salted caramel and mocha buttercream). From $9 per serving.
Papillon Couture Cakes973-857-0933; papilloncouturecakes.com
French Culinary Institute alum Theresa Eriksson’s fondant-covered designs are pretty, precious, and heavy on flowers. She can put together an impressive dessert spread, complete with a blossom-adorned custom cake and towers of cupcakes, cookies, and French macarons. From $7 to $15 per serving. (good value)piecesofcake.com
Cupcake Café alum Jennifer Chiang specializes in buttercream flowers and fondant-based cakes. Popular flavors include vanilla cake with mocha frosting and her Brooklyn blackout cake, a favorite among chocolate lovers. From $9 per serving.weddingcakes.com
This master pastry chef deals in cake couture. Realistic sugar blossoms adorn most designs, which have included replicas of the Plaza hotel and the iconic “Love” sculpture on Sixth Avenue. His cakes and icings feature crushed vanilla bean and blood orange. Everything, including the floral design and ribbon decoration, is 100 percent edible. From $16 per serving; $500 minimum. By appointment only.sarabeth.com
The uptown crowd’s favorite bakery and brunch spot also makes traditional wedding cakes, designed by Sarabeth Levine herself. Her elegant creations often include fresh flowers and white-meringue buttercream. From $11.50 per serving.
Silk Cakes53 Ludlow St., nr. Grand St.; 917-892-5851; silkcakes.com
Judy Lai blends Asian, American, and French elements in her cakes. Her multicultural tendencies are evinced by the filling options—buttercreams get hints of exotic flavors like yuzu, green tea, and dulce de leche. Design may involve anything from traditional tiers with ornate flowers to a cake replicating a sports stadium. From $7 to $15 per serving; $250 minimum. (good value)
Simply Divine334 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 76th St.; 212-514-7300; simplydivine.com
This kosher catering service covers all the bases, offering to photograph, design, and staff your venue, which (of course) they would be pleased to help you choose. Menus vary, but fish (tuna tartare on gaufrette, pan-seared black sea bass with chive emulsion) is a standby. Everything is prepared in-house, including smoked and cured dishes and desserts. (good value)
Sugar Couture917-992-4955; sugar-couture.com
Film producer turned confectionery artist Penny Stankiewicz culls most of her inspiration from interior design and antiques. Sugar Couture makes custom wedding and groom’s cakes, but should you develop a sudden interest in the pastry arts, Stankiewicz also teaches classes. Wedding cakes from $9 per serving; $400 minimum.
Sugar Flower Cake Shop336 W. 37th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 950; 212-993-6441; sugarflowercakeshop.com
Amy Noelle creates her elegant, sugar-flower-adorned cakes using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Her chocolate ganache is insanely rich, thanks to organic cream and milk from small farms in upstate New York. From $10 to $14 per serving. DIY types who want to decorate their own cakes can order lifelike sugar flowers (from $5).sugarsweetsunshine.com
This neighborhood staple is known for its cupcakes (the pistachio variety will make anyone a regular), which the staff can assemble into trees for a minimal charge. Conventional buttercream-frosted cakes are also available. Cupcakes are $21 per dozen; wedding cakes start at $7 per serving. (good value)sweetelement.com
Pastry chef and French Culinary Institute graduate Jen Roberts works closely with her clients to turn their inspirations into edible art, decorating confections in sequins and roses and filling them with chocolate-peanut-butter and pistachio buttercream. A groom’s cake could take the shape of a Super Nintendo, and chocoholics will love the handmade chocolate favors. Cakes from $8 per serving.sylviaweinstock.com
Dubbed the “queen of cakes” by her peers, Weinstock creates elaborate, sugar-flower-studded cakes for the socialite crowd. She uses buttercream instead of fondant, so store your confection in a cool place to ensure it won’t melt. Prices upon request.wmgreenbergdesserts.com
Since 1946, this bakery has been providing the Upper East Side with stunning kosher wedding cakes topped with homemade whipped cream, fresh flowers, and delicate icing designs. Greenberg is also up for the less traditional: He once made miniature individual wedding cakes for a client. From $8 per serving.
From the Summer 2014 New York Wedding Guide