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lardo Jul 24, 2007 09:26 PM

Can anyone recommend a bakery or pastry chef that does excellent wedding cakes? I'll be sampling some of Macrina's offerings this Friday but just wanted to know if there are other great options out there. Thanks.

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    HungWeiLo RE: lardo Jul 25, 2007 11:51 AM

    Borracchini's in south Seattle
    Mike's Amazing Cakes in Redmond
    Celebrity Cakes in Tacoma
    Hillcrest Bakery in Bothell

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      ethereal RE: HungWeiLo Jul 25, 2007 02:23 PM

      With Borracchini's, I definitely recommend you do a tasting. Their frosting is hate it or love it.

      Mike's Amazing Cakes, I'd only recommend if you want something truly sculptural (rather than delicious).

      Other bakeries to try:
      Hollyhock
      Madison Park Bakery
      Hoffman's (Kirkland)

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        Chrome_CW RE: ethereal Jul 25, 2007 04:20 PM

        Have you tasted Mike's cakes?? They do tastings every other weekend - and as far as we were concerned they had some of the better tasting cakes around - which is why we had them do our wedding.

        That has always been Mike's claim to fame - not only does he make beautiful sculptured cake, but it tastes great too.

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          ethereal RE: Chrome_CW Jul 26, 2007 08:34 AM

          I have tasted Mike's cakes, and that's just the problem. They provide excellent product at their tastings, however, the quanitity of cakes they do per weekend and the intricacy of many of their designs requires them to freeze their cakes, sometimes for extended periods of time.

          The wedding cakes I've tried from them have consistently been dry because of it.

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            Chrome_CW RE: ethereal Jul 26, 2007 10:32 AM

            That's a fair comment on your part then :)

            We were nothing but pleased with ours and both the sculptured (A banana cake with Bailey's Irish Cream frosting) and our traditional cake (a 3 layer cake consisting of 1 chocolate, 1 vanilla and 1 marble layer) went over huge at our wedding and everyone loved the taste.

            Perhaps we lucked out? :)

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              kkak97 RE: ethereal Jul 27, 2007 09:48 AM

              We had Mike's for our Wedding (albeit 10 yrs ago) and it was just
              fantastic! Everyone raved over the design and the quality of the cake.

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                stolenchange RE: kkak97 Jul 28, 2007 09:52 AM

                Yeah we used Mikes in 2003 and it was delicious and unique.

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            lisaf RE: ethereal Jul 26, 2007 11:17 AM

            I have to second Hollyhock and Madison Park Bakery. My friends rave about both.

            My cake actually came from the Honeybear since it had to be vegan. Unfortunately they closed. If you require a vegan cake, Whole Foods and Flying Apron both will do them special order, fyi.

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              Lauren RE: lisaf Jul 27, 2007 09:31 AM

              Honey Bear is still open, it's just moved to Ravenna. It's now located inside Third Place Books. They are not predominately vegan though (nor were they at the old location).

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                dandelion RE: Lauren Jul 27, 2007 09:44 AM

                They are definitely vegan-friendly though... amazing what they can do without butter and eggs! Yum.

                There's also one in Lake Forest Park.

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                  lisaf RE: Lauren Jul 27, 2007 10:00 AM

                  Thanks, I didn't know that they had a new in-city location. I didn't mean to imply that they were predominantly vegan, but did a great job with a vegan cake as does Whole Foods.

                  The other big cake shops in town aren't able or willing to accomodate.

                  It was chocolate with marizipan icing.

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                HungWeiLo RE: ethereal Jul 31, 2007 01:33 PM

                We ended up going with Borracchini's for ours, just because most of our guests were from outside the U.S.. Borracchini's stuff seems to be more Old World and tastes a lot less sweeter and lighter than the others.

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              not the bad Steve RE: lardo Jul 25, 2007 02:42 PM

              We really liked Morfeys. Great, moist cake, tasty fillings and frosting.

              http://www.morfeyscake.com/wedding.html

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              Morfey's Cake Shoppe
              110 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109

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                pablissima RE: lardo Jul 25, 2007 04:28 PM

                Starry Nights catering in Kirkland has a cake man named Dan who does absolutely amazing cakes.

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                  mrnelso RE: lardo Jul 26, 2007 02:27 PM

                  My new wife and I got the most fabulous wedding cake our guests had ever eaten at Gelatiamo, believe it or not. It is definately worth a visit next time you're downtown. We also had our caterer serve Gelatiamo gelato.

                  Actually, I posted about it
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366158

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                    lardo RE: mrnelso Jul 29, 2007 05:33 PM

                    Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I'm going to look into Hollyhock, Madison Park and Gelatiamo. We sampled some cakes at Macrina that were excellent, they have an almond cake with chocolate ganache and seasonal berries that is sublime.

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