Looking for a cake for a wedding, but don't need an actual wedding cake. I.e. we don't care about having a fancy multi-tiered wedding cake, just a small one we can cut into together for ceremonial purposes and eat ourselves later. We'll feed our guests other desserts. Anyone have recommendations for small, super delicious cakes? I don't think we're particular about type or flavor. Just one that's not too sweet and isn't overloaded with frosting. Also trying to avoid traditional wedding cake bakeries since markups on wedding stuff tends to be ridiculous. Maybe one from Susie Cakes? Or an asian bakery?
Susie Cakes makes overly sweet cakes in my opinion.
I would suggest a Princess Cake (Victoria, Schuberts, or Fillmore) even though you're trying to avoid anything traditional, they're reasonable.
Stella Bakery makes some classic whip cream cakes. something old fashioned like a St. Honore might be more traditional, but at least it's not a 4 tier dollhouse purse shaped cake.
Going even more non-traditional, the hybrid ice cream cakes from Bi-Rite or Humphrey Slocombe could be interesting, unless you plan on displaying the cake.
Chili's pies is now making cakes that look and sound good, as an alternative to Susie Cakes.
One really cheap place for a nice classic sheet cake is Sunset Bakery (it's Asian owned, but it's standard cake). Dianda's is probably another good place for a good price.
Schubert's makes great sheet and round cakes which they'll decorate with beautiful chocolate flowers upon request, no extra charge. I think they give the most bang for the buck of the bakeries mentioned. But if taste is truly what you're after, b. patisserie is making the most delicious things these days. From a looks standpoint, Craftsmen & Wolves, is doing some very inventive things.