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Hi - I'm currently living in Vermont and am getting married in Philly the first week of October. I'd love to get some recommendations for bakeries for my wedding cake. We're having a small wedding so I don't need anything huge or outrageous. I want something that's unique and pretty (but not-frou frou), but the taste is the most important factor! I'd love to narrow the field before I come down for my wedding. My ideal cake is two layers (or three small layers), incorporates chocolate and hazelnuts, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg (I don't want to spend more than $100). Also, if they're not in downtown Philly, I'd need delivery as an option. I've got Varallo's on my shortlist, but they don't work with fondant, which I think I may want. I know Isgro's does cakes, as does Termini's, but would like some opinions/other options. Looking online, I love the way the cakes from the Night Kitchen and Truli look, but I'm also getting a bit frustrated because the bakeries aren't getting back to me! I'd appreciate any recommendations. Thanks so much!

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  1. I got my wedding cake at Isgro's and I think they are one of the best S. Philly Italian bakeries, if not the best. However, the flavors they offer are limited (pound, marble, choc chip, rasp or lemon).

    I recommend Miel too. Their cakes are delicious. Not to bust your bubble, but I don't think you'll be able to find a fondant 3 layer cake for $100. I had a traditional buttercream icing and it cost twice that. Good luck!

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    1. re: lawgirl3278

      I agree- Isgro's is amazing! We got our wedding cake from Bredenbecks in Chestnut Hill, it was delicious.

    2. The Night Kitchen bakery does beautiful and delicious cakes. Their lemon curd is our favorite. They also deliver.

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      1. re: DaisyM

        Try Potito's at 16th and Ritner.

      2. Try Cosmi's on Oregon Avenue near 13th St.

        http://www.cosmispastries.com/home.html

        1. Not sure what they charge. However, a frugal friend of mine got a great wedding cake from Bredenbreck's:
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/bredenbecks-b...

          1. I love the hazelnut cake from Swiss Pastry on 19th St. in Philadelphia so much that I ordered it as my wedding cake. They did a beautiful job - nothing fancy, just three layers with an elegant dot and lace pattern on the frosting. The cake itself is so delicious that I was not concerned with the look. They also make a delicious cake called a Dobosh - it's got chocolate in it. Both the Dobosh and the hazelnut are sponge cakes. My sister also used them for her wedding. Guests at my wedding commented that it was the best wedding cake they'd ever had. Best wishes!

            1. I got my wedding cake from Mazi's bakery (not sure I got the spelling right) in south philly. Delicous chocolate chip pound dcake, chocolate buttercream frosting, covered in dark chocolate curls. Not frou frou at all. Not sure if they do hazelnut. We had three layers, for 150 guests, and I think it was maybe around $200, much more reasonable than most other area bakeries. I recall Teremini's was pretty expensive.

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              1. re: AmblerGirl

                Cosmi's bought out Masi's a few years ago. They still do the cakes with the shaved chocolate.

              2. I got my wedding cake at The Night Kitchen. They have the best chocolate mocha cake I have ever had! I was in there a few months ago and was happy to see our cake had made it into their photo book! If taste is important to you I would check them out. And as an additional bonus, the cake also froze so well that we actually ate it on our one year anniversary! Was it cheap...no, but it was worth every penny!

                1. Thanks so much for all of the suggestions! I'm still calling around and this is very helpful.

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                  1. re: Aliza_M

                    we had the Masi (now Cosmi's) cake 15 years ago, and it was great. good luck and congratulations!

                    1. re: brightman

                      Termini's does a fabulous raspberry swirled pound cake with pink raspberry icing.

                  2. Hi - just wanted to follow up and thank you for your suggestions. I did finally make contact with the Night Kitchen and they were very accommodating, but I ended up having my cake made by Davina, the baker at Franklin Fountain (via friends). She was fantastic to work with and delivered exactly what I'd wanted in my price range. Also, the cake was pretty and most importantly, was DELICIOUS! Several attendees commented that it was the best cake they'd ever eaten. I'd totally recommend contacting her for your wedding cake needs :-).