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Bakery/baker in DC for custom cake?

Night Owl Mar 21, 2008 08:28 AM

Does anyone know of a bakery (or "freelance" baker) in the DC area that does high-quality custom cakes (kind of like Ace of Cakes' Charm City Cakes in Baltimore)?

I'm looking for someone who can create a yummy replica of a unique modern home for a big group of foodies. We already checked with Charm City and the lead time they require is out of this world.

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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    DCDOLL RE: Night Owl Mar 22, 2008 09:24 AM

    Judging from the feedback on here, i'd say one place to NOT go is CakeLove. I think they do custom cakes but they are extremely expensive and most of the folks on here don't think the product is good.
    I wonder if the high quality grocers like Wegman' and Whole Foods would do one for you?

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      howmanycupsinaquart RE: Night Owl Mar 23, 2008 06:36 AM

      Yeah, definitely avoid Cakelove, it's horrible!

      If the group you're looking to feed are foodies, and you are interested in something of Charm-City quality, I also would take a pass on supermarket bakeries as well.

      If you have the budget, you might want to approach one of the better hotels (-hotel restaurants) in the DC area. They probably have the facility to whip something up.

      1. cheesepowder RE: Night Owl Mar 23, 2008 04:54 PM

        You might try: http://www.bcakes.com/ . I haven't bought a cake from him, but he does custom cakes.

        1. foodiechica RE: Night Owl Mar 23, 2008 05:44 PM

          Cake Love is more "rustic" anyways; they don't do detailed cakes. My father is a classically trained pastry chef so he did our wedding cake. (He now designs commercial kitchens, so no he's not available!) Two suggestions: 1) the cake decorating supply shop where we go to is in Wheaton, MD. Anyone that does cakes of the nature you are talking about would have to go there to get there supplies - it's basically the only place in the city. So I would give them a call and see if they have any recommendations. 2) Call a local wedding planner, he/she can probably give you a lead.


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            jsu RE: Night Owl Mar 23, 2008 08:32 PM

            Not sure if he does unique shapes and replicas of buildings, but try Peter Brett www.peterbakes.com

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              Night Owl RE: Night Owl Mar 24, 2008 08:03 AM

              Thanks, all, for the suggestions! I agree about Cakelove -- too bad, I live right near there. I'll follow up on these leads. Much appreciated!

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