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cake for a small wedding

I'm looking for a bakery that can bake moist light wedding cakes (like Korean, Japanese, or French bakeries). The wedding will have around 25 guests, but it would be great if they can do a layered cake, even though it's to feed such a small group. Location - in LA, from Santa Monica to downtown LA. Price - on a budget.

I've done a search thru the boards, but there are so many choices! I researched the first bakery on someone else's previous post(Susina) and found their cakes to be way too frilly and heavy looking. So I thought I'd post to see if maybe one or two of you might have had the same preferences that I have and can help me narrow the bakery search.

TIA!

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  1. The famous strawberry cakes at Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown are light as a feather and filled with fresh strawberries and light whipped cream. I don't usually think of them as wedding cakes but I've ordered them for past birthdays and they're always a hit.

    http://www.phoenixbakeryinc.com/

    Good Luck with the wedding planning!

    1. great idea. i second the strawberry cake from phoenix bakery as a good choice for this type of cake. always a hit.

      1. If you want budget without sacrificing quality, go to Porto's in glendale or burbank. They will deliver it to your wedding, too.

        http://portosbakery.com/cakes-wedding...

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        1. re: ozzygee

          I second Porto's, especially if you are on a budget. If moist is what you want, get their "cuban" cake -- white cake moistened with rum.....wet but not rum tasting. They will recommend the merengue icing but I find it to be a tad too sweet. You'll have plenty other icings to choose from though.

        2. After checking all the recommended wedding cake vendors [and ruling them out as too darn frilly or sickeningly sweet]we got our cake from Michel Ricard on Robertson near Third. If I recall correctly, it was an opera torte in two layers. It was not at all frilly but very tasty. We had a second groom's cake, a croquembouche with vanilla creme. It was splendid to look at and fun to destroy.

          Both cakes were made that morning so they were totally fresh. In fact, my husband asked for it to be delivered around 10 am and the woman sniffed at him and said it was impossible because they wouldn't be done making it. When he said something about "well, won't it be made the night before?', she drew herself up and in a totally insulted tone said "but then it wouldn't be a FRESH cake. We ONLY sell FRESH cakes."

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          1. re: jenn

            I love Michel Richard - especially the opera torte pastry! :)

            1. re: chica

              Wow! Do they serve it by the slice?!

              1. re: Pei

                yes they do.....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

          2. i really like the mado cake from michel richard. it's chocolate with praline, hazelnuts and vanilla. sounds really rich but it's actually lighter than it sounds. plus, it's decorated all fancy with truffles. it's not quite asian bakery but i personally prefer asian cakes and this cake is not too sweet for me.

            also amadine on wilshire makes such a great vanilla strawberry layer sponge cake.

            1. I believe so - I remember eating a rectangular slice of cake with layers of chocolate cream, coffee mousse/cream, covered wtih chocolate ganache. Forgive me if I'm wrong! :-)

              1. Angel Maid bakery is a Japanese bakery and makes really nice, moist light cakes. If you go with a Chinese bakery, I would skip Phoenix, their cakes are very dry. Go to Queen's bakery instead.

                Angel Maid
                4542 S. Centinela
                L.A. (west)
                310-915-2078

                Queen's Bakery
                809 N. Broadway
                Chinatown
                213-622-9749

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                1. re: slacker

                  I agree that Phoenix is a little dry. Thx for all the recs so far everyone!

                2. I have chosen Porto's in Glendale. For 70 people, my cake will be about 200$ - light butter cake and buttercream outside. Mine is very simple with a lace design outside and fresh raspberries on top. I love their mini mousses and will include that with cake to give guests options. Check them out! You have the link on an above post. :)KQ

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                  1. re: Kitchen Queen

                    Porto's looks the best so far, including the price but I'm afraid it's inconveniently located. If nothing else works out, looks like I'll travel to Porto's!

                    1. re: waterisgood

                      Porto's also has a location in Burbank at Magnolia. Google their website. I chose them b-cuz their mini mousses are dynamite. I will combine the small cake w/ about 50 mini mousses. Take a drive and have lunch too! :) KQ