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susansilver Feb 13, 2012 06:04 AM

I am getting married this summer. Who makes the best wedding cakes in Toronto?

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    JennaBean RE: susansilver Feb 13, 2012 08:41 AM

    Bobette and Belle are great and come in around $800 to $1200 for a standard cake.

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      prima RE: JennaBean Feb 13, 2012 08:52 AM

      Had a slice of Bobbette and Belle's Red Velvet wedding cake last night, and another slice for breakfast this morning. Very moist, and the tastiest of the last dozen wedding cakes I've tasted in Toronto over the past 5 years, but $800 is expensive and over-priced for a Red Velvet cake with buttercream and fondant icing.
      http://bobbetteandbelle.com/sig_wed_c...

      The Wedding Cake Shoppe and Dessert Trends also make wedding cakes. I don't know how much they cost.

      also see this wedding cake thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6949...

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      Dessert Trends
      154 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

      The Wedding Cake Shoppe
      859 College St, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

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        JennaBean RE: prima Feb 13, 2012 09:14 AM

        Their cakes are beautiful and tasty. I would pay that without blinking an eye if I planned on serving the cake. If it is for display only that's another conversation IMO.

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          prima RE: JennaBean Feb 13, 2012 09:17 AM

          I realize their wedding cakes are beautiful and tasty, but I still think Bobbette & Belle is gouging their clients for their beautiful and tasty wedding cakes.

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            JennaBean RE: prima Feb 13, 2012 09:23 AM

            I just don' t see it that way. I make cakes for friends and family occasionally and the average cake takes me three days. That's $230ish plus tax a day for work that can be back-breaking and painstaking detailed. It is a fair price IMO.

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              justxpete RE: JennaBean Feb 13, 2012 10:35 AM

              Good cake isn't cheap, cheap cake isn't good.

              And Jenna, you're not even taking in to account ingredients - the good stuff ain't cheap!

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                prima RE: justxpete Feb 13, 2012 10:49 AM

                I agree, good cake isn't cheap.

                While Bobbette & Belle's cake is good for what it is, it's a pretty plain cake taste-wise. A good, fresh rendition of a classic cake, but not a cake that wows. That's probably exactly the type of cake many Torontonians would want for their wedding cake, and the vibe/cute storefront certainly helps sell the product & the experience. NTTAWWT.

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                  justxpete RE: prima Feb 13, 2012 10:56 AM

                  So they're beautiful and tasty but you don't like paying $800 for them because you don't think it's justified. I get it. I know the amount of effort that goes in to those cakes, and I do think it's justified. We can agree to disagree on this one.

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                    prima RE: justxpete Feb 13, 2012 11:24 AM

                    I'm not saying the cost is not justified. I think Bobbette and Belle have got the added cost of expensive rent in Leslieville, a cute storefront, nice boxes and neat website, on top of the cost of their quality ingredients and labour. I just would want a tastier cake for $800+.

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                      LexiFirefly RE: prima Feb 13, 2012 03:23 PM

                      most wedding cakes in the city cost a minimum of $750 and usually you're looking at a 30% food cost. Most $750 cakes are crap I personally would not spend less than$ 800 dollars for a cake depending on the size of your wedding that's $8-$13 per person. Not bad IMHO also i challenge anyone to make a wedding cake and say it's not worth that much money. Making wedding cakes kinda sucks plain and simple;.

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                        Full tummy RE: prima Feb 16, 2012 08:48 PM

                        Do you know where you can get a tastier cake? Can't say I've tried their wedding cakes, but their cupcakes are certainly the best I've had in a long time. Very tasty cake, and fabulous buttercream, as well. Even you admit it's the tastiest of the last dozen wedding cakes you've tried, so, really, I'm confused.

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                          prima RE: Full tummy Feb 17, 2012 06:13 AM

                          I just found it to be a good, but boring, cake. Saying it's the best of the last 12 means the 11 wedding cakes before Bobbette & Belle's cake weren't as good as Bobbette & Belle's cake, which was good, but not amazing. I have had better wedding cake in Kelowna, which was baked and decorated by a German baker, and I've had better wedding cake in Barbados (which was black cake, a completely different type of cake).

                          I don't know where to get a tastier cake in Toronto. Maybe Wedding Cake Shoppe or Dessert Trends. If you like Bobbette & Belle's cupcakes , you'll probably like Bobbette & Belle's wedding cake a lot. I don't like cupcakes that much. Maybe that's why I'm not that impressed by Bobbette & Belle's wedding cake. I also thought they were too heavy-handed with the buttercream. I left some of the buttercream on the plate. Too much buttercream might not be an issue with someone who loves Bobbette & Belle's buttercream.

                          I've only tried the Red Velvet wedding cake, and it's possible I'd like other flavours at Bobbette & Belle a little more.

                          I probably prefer European-style wedding cakes to the current trendier, North American-style wedding cakes.

                          Looks like I'm the lone dissenter who doesn't think Bobbette & Belle is all that. It's good, but I think there's better out there.

                          More Bobbette & Belle for you.

                          YMMV.

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                            Full tummy RE: prima Feb 19, 2012 10:43 AM

                            I'm no Bobbette & Belle expert, but they have a variety of flavours, and some cakes, too, including a "Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache" that I'm considering for my mom's birthday. She's German and loves the hazelnut chocolate thing, and our family appreciates European-style buttercreams, which I think Bobbette and Belle do very well. However, I know some people are not fans of this style of buttercream.

                            The couple of cupcakes I have had were very flavourful and had a nice moist, but not dense, consistency. Unfortunately, I have not had anything near as good as those in any of the east end shops I've tried.

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                        ThoughtForFood RE: justxpete Feb 16, 2012 01:32 PM

                        Does there not need to be more details of what is involved before we can decide if it is worth it or not? How many tiers, how many people to serve, what size of slices, how much detail went into the decoration(sugar flowers to the max or just a quick layer of buttercream??), delivery charge all of which must be considered before definitively saying, worth it or not.

                        Bobbette and Belle does a very good wedding cake.

        2. jinxie RE: susansilver Feb 13, 2012 09:43 AM

          We used Swilrs cupcakes in Streetsville for my nephew's birthday last year. The cake was delicious.

          http://www.swirlscupcakes.ca/

          1. justxpete RE: susansilver Feb 13, 2012 10:47 AM

            And lastly, OP, if you truly want an awesome cake, check out http://www.andysweddingcakes.com/. Makes the best cakes in TO - and at reasonable prices, too.

            1. Dr. John RE: susansilver Feb 13, 2012 02:30 PM

              Vanessa the Cake Lady did a great job for our wedding and various other celebrations for my friends. Her chocolate cake is really moist and not too sweet. Plus, she is great with special designs. She did a grand piano for our wedding and Half Dome (in Yosemite) for my friend's wedding. She can just be a little slow to respond. You may have to nudge her a few times.

              http://thecakelady.ca/

              -John

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                girlstar RE: susansilver Feb 13, 2012 07:06 PM

                Hmm I was going to reply directly to the Dessert Trends rec below but it won't work on my iPad. Anyways we have chosen Chef Don and Dessert Trends for our wedding cake for later this summer. We are serving it as our dessert and wanted it to be a good cake and not just something pretty. Chef Don's cake was very moist and light and not too sweet. We also liked that his is the only one the offered real fresh fruit in the middle of the layers. We sampled Just Temptations from the bridal show and at their shop but found it to be dry and not as refreshing as DT. We also sampled Flour Studio which is mostly cupcakes but again didn't wow us and were a little on the sweet side for us. Lastly we looked at I Do Wedding Cakes. We enjoyed the sample at the bridal show but at the shop didn't love it as much.

                We got a DT cake for a family birthday after ordering our wedding cake and we were so happy to have chosen DT to do the wedding cake because the freshness, moistness, flavour and appearance reaffirmed our choice of a great bakery.

                1. CocoaChanel RE: susansilver Feb 16, 2012 07:01 PM

                  Take this for the face value in which it is intennded...

                  Mr. Vuitton and I were married 12 years ago now (*bliss*)

                  At tht time, we paid $600 for a three tier vanilla cake - no overly fancy decorating, it's not just our style. I beeched and compained at the percieved cost of three layers of butter, eggs, ,sugar, flour and fondant.

                  My father set me straight. He is a professional baker/pastry chef. Yes, anyone can put together a moist, tasty cake - it really isn't that tough. But, the work, time and effort which goes into decorating even a simple cake is much much more than people imagine.

                  He costed out our wedding cake and determined the baker/decorator should be charging more (he would not do it, despite our requests, because he did not want that responsibility). An excellet decorator is truly worth their weight in gold. Find some one you like and trust. It will be worth it

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                    yaneidi RE: CocoaChanel Feb 16, 2012 08:58 PM

                    cool

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                      prima RE: CocoaChanel Feb 17, 2012 06:42 AM

                      Thanks for mentioning the cost of your cake 12 years ago. It looks like Bobbette & Belle's prices are typical for Toronto right now, and I was wrong to say Bobbette & Belle's wedding cakes are overpriced. I haven't shopped around for wedding cake, and I didn't realize that nicely decorated, relatlively plain, decent cakes were costing $800+ in Toronto. ;-)

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