Where to get a wedding cake?
Close family friend is getting married later this year, and we have been charged with getting the cake.
I have had Patisserie Poupon cakes in the past, and while the cake/buttercream icings have been terrific, it is irritating how the bakery covers their cakes with the sugar gum/fondant.
I went to two weddings in Annapolis, both which had cakes from an unknown Annapolis bakery and which were, I thought, phenomenal. They were the classic decorated wedding cake with only buttercream icing and no fondant. Any ideas as to what bakery this may have been?
How is Charm City Cakes? Having seen the show a few times the cakes look fun and while I'm sure Duff et al can do a traditional wedding cake as well, I get the distinct impression that the attraction is the creative design and not the actual cake itself, which for the most part look to be your basic vanilla or chocolate cake. I quickly searched their website and the list of flavors was long and off-putting. Ginger flavored cake? Green Tea flavored cake? Does the tiramisu refer to just the flavor of tiramisu or is the cake actually one large tiramisu?
I'd second all of the recommendations for Patisserie Poupon and Sugarbakers. They seeem to be the top two, if you're going for taste and not presentation. For the presentation, see if you can get in to Charm City Cakes. I'm getting a cake there for a friend's birthday and you need to order at least several months in advance and even then you're not guaranteed to get a cake. The Food Network Show, while creative and entertaining, has really made Duff's shop very selective.
Give Sugarbakers Cakes a try. They specialize in cakes that taste as good as they look. They also provide a free anniversary cake on your first anniversary. No need to keep the top tier in your freezer for a year. The free tasting and consultation was fun.
It may have been Graul's Market.
We used them for my daughter's wedding last summer. You can call them and they will give you free cupcake samples of their standard cakes and icings.
Our caterer recommended them as they are also very reasonable. They deliver and set up for a nominal fee in the Annapolis area.
My daughter brought them pictures of cakes she liked and they created just what she wanted. Everyone raved about the taste of the cake.
If you your friends are adventurous, you might try the Croquembouche from Patisserie Poupon. I had it for my wedding and it was fabuous! Everyone loved it and thought it was super cool and still (6 months later) keeps telling me how great it was.
But...you should definately arrange a tasting at PP anyway. They're very nice and you get to try all the different kinds, and you definately don't have to get the fondant.
I also went to a Charm City tasting with my older sister and I thought the cake was very good. Definately expensive, but very tasty cake. At the tasting you get sent away with a little box of about 8 different flavor combos, you can request any you like. And Duff was very nice and spent lots of time with us. My sister ended up getting the strawberry cake from PP anyway, which is totally delicious.
I haven't heard of anything in Annapolis, but my friend who just got married got her (very small cake) from a bakery in Columbia (I think) that is also french and it was very yummy cake too.
We insisted that our cake was buttercream and it came as part of package for our reception. The thing with fondant is that it wont melt, so you should check if it will be displayed outside. Here is a list of bakers from Washingtonian Magazine.
I've never tasted a cake from Charm City, but I have friends who have and they say the cakes look good, but don't taste as good.. The best cakes I've had, and this place has been around for years, is Fisher's in Old Ellicott City
8143 Main St
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Hope this helps