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Jul 25, 2012 02:25 AM

Best pâtissier to make a wedding cake in Paris?

I've been looking through the pâtisserie threads but wondered if anyone knew if any of the great pâtissiers also made wedding cakes or were known for this? I'm going to try Jacques Genin but if anyone has any ideas on this that would be great. Getting married in Paris next spring. Also someone capable of making a fine pecan pie would be excellent!
Many thanks!

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  1. I would imagine a Genin cake would double the entire cost of the wedding.

    the last wedding I went to, they had a tiered pièce montée of macarons from Ladurée.

    Laurent Duchêne in the 13th is probably the best known for cakes/ entremets.

    Way lower down the scale, La Roumanville (a chain) has a big selection of wedding cakes.\

    For pecan pie, Berko on the rue Rambuteau in the Marais

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    1. re: Parnassien

      "Me, too" on the pièce-montée of macarons on the last wedding we went to. Don't know who made it, but the macarons were outstanding.

      1. re: Parnassien

        Parnassien, isn't the traditional French wedding cake a Croquembouche?

        1. re: ChefJune

          June, I don't have any idea where the proper definition lies, but "pièce montée" seems to apply to both a cone-shaped construction of macarons, as well as what you and I would call a croquembouche. I had a long (and funny) conversation with an American friend of mine, telling me about how when she married her French husband, her mother-in-law ordered a croquembouche, but was appalled that my friend would call it a croquembouche, because anybody should know it's a pièce montée....she said that many years later, she's still not sure what the difference was....but that her "wedding cake" was most assuredly a cone-shaped stack of cream-filled balls of choux pastry, cemented together with spun sugar.

          1. re: sunshine842

            Thanks Sunshine 842. Love that story!

            1. re: sunshine842

              I would only use the word croquembouche to describe a conical pièce montée of cream-filled choux balls/ profiteroles cemented by some sort of caramel or sugar paste... if any other material (like macarons) or shape is used, the generic term pièce montée would apply ... and yes, a croquembouche is quite traditional for weddings as well as other festive celebrations but a tradition that has been eroded by the increasing popularity of wedding cakes à l'américane and/ or other types of pièces montées ... I can't remember a wedding in recent years that had a classic croquembouche

              1. re: Parnassien

                (but we all know better than to question our mothers-in-law.....)

        2. This is going to sound like a shameless self-plug since I work there at the moment, but Laduree has reallyyyy pretty wedding cakes. Croquembouche/pieces montees (macarons et/ou choux)/superimposed cakes, etc. They're purdyyy, but I'm also gushing because I only just saw the catalogue with them today and decided I'm going have a million wedding cakes if I ever get married. Basically all we will eat is delicious pretty things.

          Pierre Herme makes lovely wedding cakes too, they're worth checking out as well! They tend to use gold/silver leage or bronze powder across some things, which definitely looks magical with candlelight :)

          There's a German bakery on the Rue Poncelet that had a really good pecan pie last time I went - I tried a part and loved it.

          Dalloyau also makes wedding cakes/pieces montees etc, they had one at the last wedding I went to and it was lovely. It was a piece montee with caramelised choux, pretty faithful to the classic croquembouche.

          If you have French friends, ask around! Chances are they can recommend something either from personal experience or from weddings they've been to.

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          1. re: Chocolatetpetitpois

            Hi! I am getting married in October in Paris and heard that Sugarplum Cake shop was the best for American style wedding cakes. I did a tasting when I was there in July - I was very disappointed. Their cakes are very pretty, but super dry! I don't get why everyone rave about them, but I guess they don't have much competition for highly decorated cakes there. (Disclaimer: in a wedding planner in the US, so I guess I am kind of an expert when it comes to good cake.). My question is, is there anyone you would recommend that has an amazing tasting cake that is willing to customize an ornate decoration? The rest of our desserts we are getting from Laduree, but the sales girl said they dont do any custom decorated or flavored wedding cakes. Just the 2-3 that are in the wedding catalog, and my fiancé hates rose flavor. Your insight is appreciated!!

            1. re: StrawberryMilk

              long write-up, with some reviews in the comments, here:

              Don't have any idea about quality, but her cakes look nice (looks like she only does fondant) (she's quite a ways outside Paris)

          2. If a pièce montée of creamed-filled choux assembled with caramel is your idea of a wedding cake (and it would be mine), I suggest you check with pâtissiers who are masters of choux pastry and are visibly inspired by the filled-chou form. I am thinking of Carl Marletti in particular.