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eyelean Jun 10, 2011 02:12 PM

Any suggestions for great tasting and great looking wedding cakes in the DC area?

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    DCDeb Jun 15, 2011 11:29 AM

    Try contacting L'Academie de Cuisine's professional school. Many of their pastry program graduates make cakes freelance.

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      eyelean Jun 15, 2011 09:12 AM

      Thanks for all the suggestions. We will certainly consider them all. Has anybody use Kendall's in Alexandria? Still open to more ideas including who has the best package - value/taste and looks!

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        jenniferpdc Jun 15, 2011 06:22 AM

        We used Leslie's Fancy Cakes. She made a Florida Gator for a groom's cake that was spectacular and a US Capitol for the main cake. The cake actually tasted better at the wedding then at the tasting...I highly recommend at least going to check her out.

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          Flaxen_Vixen Jun 14, 2011 10:52 AM

          I just had a delicious lemon mousse with fresh strawberry filling done for my wedding by Chris Furin of Furin's Bakery. http://www.cakesbychrisfurin.com/ Chris' cakes are fantastic- the buttercream was light and not too sweet and the price was just right. The decoration was perfect too. I cannot reccommend him enough!

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            Roland Parker Jun 13, 2011 10:22 PM

            Patisserie Poupon does excellent wedding cakes.

            Patisserie Poupon
            1645 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

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              kathleen440 Jun 15, 2011 10:35 AM

              What's their price point? Their pastries are delicious but so expensive.

            2. dacfood Jun 13, 2011 02:34 PM


              They've been around at least 20 years. I go back every year for an anniversary cake and it's always great.

              1. beetlebug Jun 13, 2011 08:56 AM

                I had a beautiful and delicious wedding cake from Stella's in Rockville. I didn't do a tasting since I don't live in the area (parents do), so a few months earlier, we just bought a bunch of mini cakes to a party and sampled them with friends. What we ended up getting was slightly different. It was a multi layer, dark and white chocolate mousse cake (which Stella's always carries) but it had a marzipan frosting. This frosting was fantastic and complemented the light cake beautifully.

                No idea of the cost because this was over 15 years ago. But, we generally try to stop by Stella's for their cakes when we are in the area.


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                  kathleen440 Jun 11, 2011 01:18 PM

                  Maggie Austin is the gold standard for wedding cakes in DC. Expensive, but incredibly beautiful, and I've heard her cakes taste great too.


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                    Jeserf Jun 11, 2011 04:45 PM

                    Wow beautiful!
                    But....$10 per person with an $800 minimum? Woah nelly! I coughed a little bit when I read that.

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                      kathleen440 Jun 11, 2011 08:27 PM

                      Yeah - the prices are insane, but I've never seen more beautiful cakes than hers. I work in the event industry and one of my brides is having one at her July wedding - I can't wait to see it!

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                      chowser Jun 13, 2011 09:32 AM

                      Nice. They look like works of art which makes sense, given her background. They're probably the most elegant cakes I've seen.

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                        Roland Parker Jun 13, 2011 10:22 PM

                        Her cakes are stunning - far superior to Charm City cakes.

                        Charm City Cafe
                        Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD

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                        Jeserf Jun 10, 2011 05:34 PM

                        We used Fluffy Thoughts in McClean. After getting ridiculous quotes from other places that came recommended from wedding web sites, I was excited that Fluffy Thoughts prices weren't insane, and I really liked their flavor options. After our tasting, we were sold. I threw a weird idea for a cake to Lara - All buttercream but I want "cut outs" of things that bring my husband and I together - stuff to recognize our dog, Philadelphia, DC, and our likes. I thought it was a weird idea, but I didn't want flowers. She did an AMAZING job. When I tell you that you that I couldn't have imagined a more perfect cake for us and our type of wedding, I mean it.
                        The taste...I still have people that tell me the cake was amazing. We had three tiers, a different flavor each tier. One with red velvet, raspberry jam, dark chocolate ganache and cream cheese frosting; one with white chocolate cake, lemon curd, coconut flakes and cream cheese frosting; and one with marble cake, caramel sauce, milk chocolate and candy crunchies with vanilla buttercream. Luscious. I loved it, and guest raved.
                        The tasting was also very fun - she makes you mini loaves of the cakes you want to try and brings a painters palate of frostings and fillings to try different combinations. Lara also let me see her work area and cake fridge - clean, tidy, and every cake ready to go out was gorgeous. Plus, you can bring some delicious cupcakes home for the craving you'll have for their stuff after the tasting :)
                        I couldn't get a picture of the cake to attach, but if you care to see it, you can see it here:

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