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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. (good value)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 throwdown on the Food Network. From $9 per serving; $300 minimum.
Milk Bar382 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; (various locations); 347-577-9504; 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; $750 for four tiers. (ecofriendly / good value)
Nine Cakes155 Columbia St., nr. Degraw St., Columbia Waterfront District; 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. By appointment only.
Papillon Couture Cakes973-652-1571; 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 $6 to $15 per serving. (good value)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; $800 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 French meringue buttercream. From $11.50 per serving.
Silk Cakes53 Ludlow St., nr. Grand St.; 98-14 Metropolitan Ave., nr. 70th 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 such as 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 $8 to $18 per serving. By appointment only. (good value)
Sugar Couture386 Graham Ave., nr. Skillman St., Williamsburg; 718-349-1440; 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; $500 minimum.sugarsweetsunshine.com
This neighborhood staple is known for its cupcakes (the pistachio variety will make anyone a regular), which the staff can assemble into mini-trees for an extra $20. Conventional buttercream-frosted cakes are also available. Cupcakes are $27 per dozen; wedding cakes start at $8 per serving. (good value)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 the 1940s, 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 $10 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.