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Wedding cakes in N.O.??

I know this has been addressed before but usually not so well answered: Wedding cakes in town. I know you got Gambinos, Swiss Bakery, etc but all these places, while good, are way too assembly line cake for me. My parents decades ago had their cake at Swiss Bakery and loved it. But in 2008, buttercream frosted, bright icing flower covered cakes aren't so cool.

Is there any place in town thats not a lady in her kitchen baking cakes and not a cookie cutter cake place that tastes good and is actually talented with current cake decorating techniques/ styles? (gumpaste, fondant, modern designs)

As a cake decorator born and raised in this city (currently living out of town) I was shocked when I sat back to think of wedding cake places and my head went blank. Any that went under my radar?

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  1. I'm sure you will get lots of suggestions, I know you mentioned Swiss, but you really should check them out I'm sure they would work with you and it's a great family owned local business, and I KNOW that's not the only kind of cake they have....I'm the odd one out, I LOVE retro traditional New Orleans wedding cake with silver/almond cake, pineapple or raspberry filling with buttercream and poured/cooked icing....I know there are many other choices besides THAT.Swiss is my favorite....I have no connection to them, just a lifelong of their cakes! OOPS just reread your post, I see you like "modern" I'm sure you'll get ideas.....

    1. Swiss is still good. However, after all the taste tests, we ended up going with Zoey's on the Northshore. Beautiful cake and delicious, too. Be sure to try the white chocolate/strawberry. It was my favorite flavor, and I'm not a white chocolate fan.

      Also, you might check out Sucre'. They've got a cake out front, so I assume that means they're making them. They always do beautiful work. They're new, however (wedding cake-wise that is), so I doubt there will be any reviews. Good luck.

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      1. For our wedding in April, we went with Flour Power in Chalmette. These are real "eating cakes". Not just for show (though they do look nice as well). Delicious!

        1. We got our wedding cake from Croissant D'Or on Ursulines. It was quite untraditional: sacher torte on the inside with shaved dark chocolate and fruit on the outside. It was better than any wedding cake I have had in NOLA, although I will admit my opinion may be biased. Also, the cake was so reasonably priced I could not believe it.

          1. Sucre - you want modern yet tasty? Definitely Sucre. For my niece's 16th birthday this summer, Sucre made a chocolate chiffon cake with cookies n' cream filling surrounded by fondant, in three layers made to resemble square presents. Gorgeous and surprisingly yummy.

            Flour Power is another great choice, as is Zoe's.

            I'm in the process of planning my wedding (next summer), and the above three are modern and unique. They're definitely costly, but if you're looking for something very special and non-traditional, Sucre, Flour Power and Zoe's should be at the top of your checklist.

            (That said, because we're on a hardcore budget and my fiance loves traditional almond cake, we did go with a lady in her kitchen. She's a doll.)

            Good luck!

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            1. re: NoleGal

              I have also been to several weddings where the cake came from New Orleans Cake Cafe and Bakery (www.nolacakes.com) which were fabulous.

            2. Thanks so much everybody! I didn't realize Sucre made cakes. I've heard nothing but awesome things about their macaroons though. I am 100% all for traditional flavors (almond and more almond!) and have heard for traditional wedding cake like Suzy mentioned definitely Swiss is the place to be. I've got some research to do on these places!

              1. Is Lawrence’s Bakery (Mr. Wedding Cake) on Elysian Fields Ave. still around?

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                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    best macaroonish canoli doohickeys ever. what a shame.

                1. I'm another who got my wedding cake at Croissant D'Or on Ursulines in the Quarter. It was back in 2003, but I still think back on how lovely and delicious it was. Elegantly decorated with a Parisian style, in-no way cookie cutter, and the price was surprisingly inexpensive. I definitely recommend.

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                  1. re: nojuju

                    And though it's been years, so I don't know the current situation, John Caluda of the Coffee Cottage used to do custom wedding cakes, his speciality back then was a german wedding cake, a tower of cream puffs, remember the name but would massacre the spelling...he was a pretty durn good pastry chef... think his place is now out by Elmwood..

                    1. re: swampsue

                      Croque-Un-Bouche, like a tower of cream puffs cover in carmel or pulled/spun sugar...had one @ my wedding and loved it!

                      1. re: NolaSweet

                        Who made your croque-un-bouche? I want one instead of a wedding cake, just not sure who my options are!

                  2. If I were getting married, the cake would be from Sucre. Their chef (Tariq) is really into being creative, and will design a foodie cake with you, if that's what you want.

                    1. It's been my experiance that Zoes does do great cakes but I have had several bad experiances regarding their delivery and timing which is not a hassel you need on your wedding day. Call Doyle at Flour Power in Chalmette his cakes taste great and he is super creative!

                      1. We got married last October and used Haydel's. I know that they are considered more of an "assembly-line" type of place, but the guys there were great, and the cake tasted amazing. Of course, they allow you to look through their book to choose a cake, but I brought in a picture of the cake that I wanted and they were more than happy to make it. It was beautiful (and again, was quite tasty!). We were also impressed with Zoey's, but the timing just didn't work out for us.

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                        1. re: liz1810

                          I agree with Flour Power too. They did our cakes (Bride-fondant, Groom-red velvet alligator). The cakes were amazing and delicious.

                        2. Ours was a red velvet cake from Rouse's.

                          But then we don't do things the normal way.