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Jul 11, 2008 05:15 AM

Wedding cakes

My fiancée and I are planning a wedding to occur in Oct. of this year. We are close to having everything planned but are still uncertain in regards to wedding cakes. We have heard that some local Chinese bakeries in Maryland / Northern Virginia area can create similar quality, taste, design, etc… cakes at half the costs of traditional wedding designers and I wanted to know if there was any truth in that. If there is, I would appreciate any information.

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  1. have you done any pricing at traditional, western-style bakeries, like heidelberg in arlington? (or anywhere else?)

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    1. re: alkapal

      Yes, right now for a wedding party of 150-175 at 6.50 PP we are looking at over $1K

      1. re: kdgill2

        wow. i got married in '94 and heidelberg did our cake with almond flavor filling and a marzipan icing/coating for, iirc, around 2.25 (or 2.75) per person. it was sure good.

        best of luck to you. i don't know of any chinese bakeries in nova. i see there is a lot larger chinese community in montgomery county. surely there are some chinese-american local hounds who can weigh in.

        shout out to ktmoomau: you've ordered your cake locally, right? what kind of price quote did you go with for your cake? ps, hope the bar went well!

        1. re: alkapal

          Bar in two weeks... ahhhh. Thank goodness for eating, it is the one time I get out of the house from studying.

          Actually since we are getting married at the Greenbrier they have a huge in house dept. we are going to cake taste at in October. We also were thinking about a Smith Island Wedding Cake because we love Smith Island Cake and my Mother helped some business women who make them get a grant... But we got referrals from some people for this place for a Smith Island Wedding Cake:

          We also are cake tasting in a few places in Charlottesville as that is only a couple hours away from the Greenbrier and the fiance's parents live there.

          Of course we really don't want a frou frou cake, just something that tastes good. And my Aunt is a folk artist who is making a neat cake topper so we really don't want a lot of decoration. But when we were looking at Randolph Bakery for just a kind of normal cake for our engagement party of 100 it wasn't near that much, I think it was like $200. Did the OP want something really ornate or just something minimal?

          1. re: ktmoomau

            LOVE everything about Smith Island and that certainly includes the layer cake. Us, we will probably end up eloping, but at the post-elopment party, right now we are thinking of a Costco cake. Really, why fall into the clutches of the wedding industrial complex?

            Best of luck on the bar . . . .

    2. ktmoomau is referring to pastries by randolph in arlington.
      i referred to heidelberg bakery in arlington.

      1. Maria's Bakery in Rockville, next to Congressional Plaza, I think is the type of chinese bakery you are looking for. And you might want to take a look at Stella's Bakery, near White Flint Mall, for a more Mediterranean style.

        1. A few years ago there was a Chinese/Vietnamese bakery next to Mark's Duck House that did wedding cakes, but that place has been gone for a while - information that I know is not helpful.

          Maria's Bakery ( is the biggest Chinese bakery chain in the area, and I think your best bet is at least to start with them. However, I've had a lot of Chinese cakes over the years, and I'm not quite certain that the taste and texture will be the same as a more traditional Western cake. I'm not a baker, so I don't really know what the difference in the baking is, but most of the Chinese cakes I've had tend to the best word I can think of, than Western cakes.

          That said, maybe a Korean bakery will be more suitable? There seems to be a greater French influence in the Korean cakes I've tried, so that might be more familiar to the palate?

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          1. re: FoodieGrrl

            That was my reaction as well. I don't know about Chinese bakeries, but maybe the OP was actually hearing about a Korean bakery and the person passing along the tip just got confused? I've not tried any of the Korean baked goods, but I believe "Matin de Paris" Bakery (or something like that name), a Korean bakery in Annandale, is well thought of. For our cake we used Cakes Plus in Laurel--it was 2 years ago and memory fades, but IIRC the cake was fine and the price was reasonable. They are a wedding cake specialist and deliver about anywhere.

          2. I don't know how much it cost but Narcissa at cakes-unique did ours when we got married last year at the Hay-Adams. And it was fantastic.