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jdwdeville Apr 17, 2010 10:54 AM

Hey Guys,
Hound in need of help! Our wedding is 3 months away. I have the local (old school) mariscos & taco truck catering, a local chef coming up with cheese and salumi plates, cases of Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige and red from Colli Euganei, and PBR.
What don't I have?
A WEDDING CAKE! (or a lot of money to spend on one)
I tried calling in favors, but to no avail- no one of our friends, pro or not, feels confident that they can pull off a wedding cake on the first try- and rightfully so.
So, any help anyone can provide on bakers, or even just ideas, would be greatly appreciated.
I don't have very much money to spend, as we're trying to tie the knot without going bankrupt so I would be super interested in hearing about affordable ways to do this...
Thank you!

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    chili.con.me May 13, 2010 05:20 PM

    I got married 18 months ago, and we used Emil's Swiss Pastry in west LA. The delivered to our reception in downtown LA for a nominal charge, and the cakes were excellent. The price was very reasonable, especially for such excellent cake.

    We chose a two different types of cake and we had a range of sizes on different cake stands -- so not a traditional tier cake. We had the tutti frutti cheesecake and one of their chocolate tortes. They also make traditional wedding cakes.

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    Emil's Swiss Pastry
    11551 Santa Monica Blvd 90025, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    1. peppermonkey May 13, 2010 10:58 AM

      Honey Bakery is this little shop in a strip mall in cerritos or is it artesia with just the best white cake with strawberries. I know they can do wedding cakes and if its anything like their strawberry cake you will not be disappointed. The cake is airy, bouncy while the the cream is just so lightly sweet. All those fancy expensive cakes have never compared to this place. Pick one up for $17 dollars and taste for yourself.
      18904 Norwalk Blvd
      Artesia, CA 90701

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        bulavinaka Apr 18, 2010 08:35 AM

        Another thing to consider is since your wedding will be in the heat of summer, pick a place that not only will be reasonably priced, but also will either guarantee delivery, or alternately, a place that isn't too far from where your event will take place since you or a close one will be bringing the cake to the event. I'm guessing you and just about everyone else will be so busy with all the last minute details that the last thing you want to concern yourself with is the cake making it intact to the reception.

        I vividly recall seeing a baker loading a wonderful wedding cake into the back of a hatchback (the mother of the groom or bride) last summer. It was in June, the weather was warm, and the cake had to ride in this mobile greenhouse of a car from Long Beach to South Orange County midday on the 405. I still wonder to this day if the cake actually made it. LIke any other big event, with weddings, it's all those little details that can't be overlooked. Of course, the few stumbles that may occur will be looked upon with a laugh or two once they're in the past!

        I think the common string that many of these valid recs have is that they primarily serve one of the many ethnic communities in LA. I'd throw in Angel Maid Bakery in the Mar Vista area as well, which primarily serves the Asian and Latino communities around the lower Westside and beyond. I personally don't know of anyone who doesn't at least really likes their cakes.

        I'm hoping that a few of these high quality/price bakeries meets your various criteria when it comes to the cake itself, and hopefully they will also meet the summertime logistical issue as well. Best of luck in your search as well as the rest of your wedding plans.

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        Angel Maid Bakery
        4538 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

        1. justanotherpenguin Apr 18, 2010 07:28 AM

          our daughter got married two years ago and was also on a budget. the best cake for the price came from "phoenix bakery" in chinatown. also - very generous with their samples. if i remember correctly, they prepared three separate cakes which we picked up.

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          Phoenix Bakery
          969 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

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            Nicole Apr 17, 2010 03:40 PM

            Does it have to look like a traditional wedding cake? Costco cakes are pretty good and very cheap, but I think they only do layer cakes. Their regular sheet cakes are $16 for a cake that serves 48. You might want to stop by the costco bakery and ask if it is possible to special order a wedding cake. I've also heard of people ordering a small fancy cake for the cake cutting bit and photos, and then having sheet cakes (like costco's in the kitchen) to slice and serve.

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              coconutz Apr 18, 2010 08:52 AM

              That is a genius idea with the little cake, then sheetcake from somewhere like Van's to be cut in a separate room and passed on plates!

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              jackattack Apr 17, 2010 01:25 PM

              dessertsbyrondi.blogspot.com

              1. ipsedixit Apr 17, 2010 01:03 PM

                Vans Bakery

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                  Das Ubergeek Apr 26, 2010 06:56 AM

                  This. I'd also recommend Helena Wirth Cakes.

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                  jlisa1 Apr 17, 2010 11:37 AM

                  Portos! Amazing and really great prices! Pavillions also has great cakes at really good prices too. If the decorated cakes cost a lot more than plain, get plain with white frosting or fondant and just add rose petals or fresh flowers all over the cake (but make sure they are properly washed and an edible type of flower)

                  1. trolley Apr 17, 2010 11:36 AM

                    you can get one at portos for relatively cheap. i got one that serves 80 or so for about $300 which is cheap compared to the $600 and up i found at most places. also try phoenix bakery in chinatown or cathy's in san gabriel. both chinese bakeries i believe are cheaper than porto's and really good cakes. good luck. btw, don't be put off by the cake galleries online from any of these places. if you want a modern looking cake all of these places can pull it off.

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                      Emme Apr 17, 2010 08:42 PM

                      +1 - i was going to recommend both Porto's and Phoenix.

                    2. Servorg Apr 17, 2010 11:01 AM

                      This sounds like a good time to consider a "cupcake" wedding cake. Much more affordable, and easy to serve, eat and just the sheer whimsy is fun. Maybe try Susiecakes (Brentwood and other locations including Manhattan Beach) and see what their prices are like (I'm pretty sure they do them).

                      http://www.susiecakesla.com/

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                        wienermobile Apr 17, 2010 11:06 AM

                        I was just at a wedding and they did a cupcake tree. It was great. Much better than wedding cake.

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                          jdwdeville Apr 17, 2010 11:26 AM

                          Servorg-
                          Thank you, but I've already been down that road. Sadly, my fiance's love affair with the cupcke trend seems to be waning, and she put that option to rest.

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                            Servorg Apr 17, 2010 01:12 PM

                            A couple of places to check with that do pretty darn reasonable wedding cakes:

                            http://www.kingshawaiian.com/

                            http://www.manillebakery.com/

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