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Ace of Cakes type cake in Westchester? Places?

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My wife is turning 40 and I want to surprise her with a cake that is shaped out of something. I was thinking of a purse since she likes purses and her favorite show on TV is Ace of Cakes. Before I look into having a cake delivered from there (which is really really expensive) are there any local places that do something like this?

I would like it to look realistic, like its a real purse, but edible and not covered with frosting but with that smmooth sugar stuff. Also, it would be nice if it TASTED good since I know a lot of these cakes look pretty but taste yucky.

Thanks for the advice this board is great and I hope that my wife hasnt discovered this website yet, or so much for everything being a surprise!

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  1. Hi-
    I've never been there so I can't comment on the taste, but I've read about this place a number of times here (do a search and you should find a lot more info). There isn't a picture of a purse on their website, but if you look thru their gallery it seems like something they must be able to do:
    http://www.sweetsbylulu.com/page.asp?...

    Another place is The Cake Boutique in Wilton, CT. I've had their cakes in the past and I think I remember really liking them (sorry I can't give more detail!) If you look at their gallery, I'm sure they could do a purse.
    http://www.thecakeboutiquect.com/phot...

    Good luck! Your wife is lucky. :)

    1. http://www.sweetsbylulu.com/page.asp?...

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      1. re: chowdom

        Lulu's cakes taste as good as they look, and come in a variety of flavors (including German Chocolate - the best I've ever had, and I'm a lover of the style - and Coconut, which I think you mentioned in another post).

        Be forewarned, though, that they're expensive. I think they're worth it, but I don't know your budget. They also get booked for special orders from time to time, so the more lead time you give them, the better.

        Another poster recommended Riviera in Ardsley. They do a very good job of decorating and are less expensive than Lulu's, but in my experience the quality (taste, texture) of their cakes definitely suffers in comparison.

      2. Someone mentioned Sweet Lisa's in Cos Cob. Has anyone tried it? The website is shows amazing cakes.

        www.sweetlisas.com

        1. I have gotten amazingly shaped and designed cakes at Riviera Bake House in Ardsley -- a jewlery box filled with necklaces, bracelets all covered in gold and silver leaf with colored stones, an old-fashioned valise with stickers from all over the world and accompanying illustrations, a bowling alley, a piano, etc. They taste great, too.

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          1. re: roxlet

            I think Riviera is great if you are on a certain budget, but in no way do the cakes compare simply because Lulu uses fresh stuff in their cakes and they are also committed to using organic ingredients and nothing processed. Yes, there's a price to pay for that but if its a philosophy you believe in, as it is something I believe in, then I'd much prefer to patronize a business that cares for the planet we live in. There are people that wil always knock a place for its prices but I'm a firm believer in the you-get-what-you-pay for. If you look back a bit there are a few threads praising their experiences with custom cakes at Lulu and if you walk past their window on any given day, you will see evidence of sheer artistic beauty!

            I also read a review in the NY Times, Gabriel Alice praises Lulu's coconut cake, but not sure if I know how to post the link.

            Good Luck and if you are the person who picked X2O to throw your party, then you picked a fantastic place for your wifes anniversary!

            1. re: christinepierce

              Here's the NYT link:

              http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/nyr...

              1. re: Striver

                Sounds like the perfect coconut cake! I love marshmallow frosting I wonder if Lulu can make a cake out of that smooth frosting. I looked on the website and the cakes looks better than Ace of Cakes. Does anyone know the name of that smooth frosting looking stuff?

                1. re: PJPasta

                  Do you mean fondant?

          2. Another vote for Lulu's. This thread has some more comments and pictures (including my own). I love their cakes and I have had very positive experiences working with them. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. I never posted the picture of my son's 2nd birthday cake, but I will do so tonight. Another winner.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/454596

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            1. re: valerie

              I think you cant go wrong with either Lulu or Riviera, had them both and they are both yummy. Riviera can be more custom like "ace" but Lulu has some incredible cakes.

              1. re: bonacbub

                Thanks everyone for your help I love this website its my new favorite! Is Riviera the same as River Bakehouse. I had a cake from there at a neighbors party it was crooked and painted bright green and other colors. It looked pretty but I wasn't wowed with the flavor. Im gonna check out Lulu and Sweet Lisas for now. While I dont want to spend over $1000 on a cake, I think a few hundred dollars is in my budget.

                1. re: PJPasta

                  its Riviera Bakehouse, yes they make the crooked cake (that is what made them famous, they were no Food Network making it a while back) but that is not their best cake by a long shot, their Tiramisu cake is delicious but you can customize the type of cake, filling etc... so get what you like.

                  1. re: bonacbub

                    The crooked birthday cake is a cute novelty, but the taste is not a good representation of how good their stuff can be. (I think it's dry and not so great.) In fact, I'm more a fan of their other stuff (veggie tarts, croissants, breads, danishes, etc.) than their cakes in general.

                  2. re: PJPasta

                    I just ordered a wedding cake for 80 from Lulu - $600. For a wedding. Most wedding cakes are $10-15 per serving.

                    1. re: fetegirl

                      Well fetegirl...maybe you can plan my party since this is really tough stuff not sure how you do it!
                      We actually have been to Perfect Endings before we live not too far from there- the oatmeal cookies were nice, but the cake we got chocolate with vanilla was okay, but didnt knock me off my socks at all.
                      I am going to try Magnificent Edibles, Lulu and Sweet Lisas hopefully by this weekend. Im actually bring the Mrs. along to see which is her favorite -- will report back!

                      1. re: PJPasta

                        I don't know the first, but if you call Lulu, get an appt with Sarah or Jay and tell them I sent you and at Sweet Lisa's, ask for Lisa or Stephen. Call in advance and you'll be able to taste. I guess this is NOT a surprise party! You'll be astounded at what's out there. You can choose your flavors ahead of time.

                        Yep, I take this pretty seriously, so I am a tad jaded. (don't want to out myself!)

                        1. re: PJPasta

                          At Magnificent Edibles ask for Roseann. She is the owner.

                2. I have another bakery for you to add to your list Magnificent Edibles on Mamaroneck Aveue in White Plains. I believe Roseanne the owner was on The Food Network for one of their cake challenges. Everything I have tried in there is fresh and she only uses butter and natural ingredients. Check them out. www.magnificentedibles.com