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?
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.....
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.
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.
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.)