24 Philadelphia-Area Wedding Cake Bakers to Sweeten Up Your Big Day
When it comes to wedding prep, one of the sweetest choices you get to make is about your cake. Do you want a towering buttercream confection? A near-naked tiered treat with fresh florals, an artful, hand-painted creation — or, perhaps, a small personal cake for your elopement or micro-event? Whatever your taste, these Philadelphia-area cake bakers and pastry pros will whip up a slice to fit your style, plus plenty of other desserts of your Big Day dreams. And many have updated their protocols and offerings not only to ensure the safety of their staff and clients during the pandemic, but also so you can still treat yourself, no matter the size of your soiree. While you’re planning your Big Day, check out these lists of hair and makeup experts, officiants and venues — from outdoor destinations to Lancaster County sites to waterfront locales — to put the icing on the (well) cake.
Amy’s Sweet Bake Shop
It’s not so much baking as it is making edible art. Inspired by texture, fashion, watercolors and nature, Amy Trout brings creativity and insight to every delicious treat. The shop embodies the elegance and beauty of weddings with its gold-leaf accents and blooming designs from a local florist. Each cake is made to order so you can expect high quality and freshness with every purchase. Couples should aim to schedule their order a month in advance of their Big Day in order to give the shop enough time to craft one of its signature creations. The spot is offering contact-free payment and pickups for safety; it has also been crafting smaller two-tiered or single-tiered cakes for micro-weddings, which Trout calls “so beautiful and intimate.” Church Street, West Chester.
As one of Philadelphia’s oldest bakeries, Bredenbeck’s history is almost as rich as its frosting. This family-owned shop perfectly crafts cakes to each couple’s palate. In addition to that traditional wedding treat, Bredenbeck’s is able to create an assortment of party favors for your guests that will surely satisfy a sweet tooth. Even better: Bredenbeck’s will send a complimentary cake replica to you for your one-year anniversary. The bakery is following COVID-19 precautions and guidelines; tastings are currently available on-site for small groups by appointment only. Bredenbeck’s is also offering virtual tastings via Zoom and over the phone; tasting plates can be delivered or available for pickup. (Find more about the bakery’s current wedding protocols here.) If you do happen to stop by the shop, be sure to try a scoop or two from the ice cream parlor. 8126 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill.
Cake Life Bake Shop
From creations with intricate and vibrant fondant florals to cakes with metallic and sugary rock candy designs, Cake Life aims to please — and also impress. Best friend owners Lily Fischer and Nima Etemadi started Cake Life after leaving other careers, and we love tasting their talent. After appearing on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars three times, including two championship episodes, it is clear to see that these two pastry chefs know how to bake. 1306 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown. [Ed. Note: Cake Life has closed temporarily due to COVID-19 and is working on a hopeful reopening. Follow the journey here.]
Clara’s Groovy Deliciousness
Whether you want a classic white, multi-tiered confection or a more modern selection, Clara’s Groovy Deliciousness can create exactly what you want. (Owner Samirah Williams also earned bragging rights from competing on Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship. Then there’s the wedding cake for Taylor Swift’s best friend and maid of honor.) Right now, you can schedule a cake-tasting to go: After you try your curated flavors, the team will look through pictures with you and find the perfect inspiration. Make sure you start this process about six to nine months before your Big Day. (Smaller and micro-wedding packages are also available.) And if you’re looking for something besides a traditional wedding cake, Clara’s also does an assortments of other treats, including churro bars. Groovy! 261 South 20th Street, Rittenhouse Square.
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For more than 30 years, this bakery has been thriving with passion and dedication — and the proof is in the pastries. The team is committed to crafting its confections with care and supporting each individual client. Classic Cake provides complimentary consultations and tastings, and works closely with couples to ensure that each treat brings their tasty wedding vision to life. See and virtually taste the sweetness online. The shop currently has a pop-up location within Short Hills Deli that is open Tuesday to Saturday; orders may be placed online and via telephone. 486 East Evesham Road, Cherry Hill.
Crust Vegan Bakery
Calling all vegan couples: Crust, which recently opened its new Manayunk storefront (during the pandemic, no less) is a 100 percent all-natural bakery! The team utilizes a buttercream base for its cakes, and all of the ingredients are free from chemicals and preservatives. You can expect to find gold leaf, pops of color or matte black on the signatures; vanilla is sourced from Phoenixville, and the fruit comes from a local farm. And the same care and design the women-owned business puts into its designs is also apparent in its support of the community; the shop will be carrying products from the likes of Nilaa Coffee and The Random Tea Room to start, and seeks to support BIPOC- and LGBTQ-owned businesses, according to co-owner Meagan Benz. (And over opening weekend, 10 percent of sales were donated to Amistad Law.) The shop is offering contactless pickup and take-home tastings for $45 (three to four flavors of your choosing). If this sustainable sweet shop whets your appetite, schedule your wedding cake order at least six months in advance. 4409 Main Street, Manayunk.
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Support a good cause when you order your wedding cake from Kyle Cuffie-Scott’s recently opened brick-and-mortar bakery. The spot, which is named after a family member who died due to complications with HIV and AIDS, was created to raise awareness for organizations that do relief work. Cuffie-Scott hopes to work with Bebashi, a full-service HIV/AIDS organization with a special interest in serving low-income people of color with HIV disease, on donations. 444 North Third Street, Old City.
Desserts by Dana
Delaware and Philadelphia
Dana Herbert has earned nicknames like “King of Cakes” for his winning stint on TLC’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker — and for his talents with pulled and blown sugar. He has worked with celebs, served as in-house pastry chef at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott and earned acclaim far and wide. His love of blending sweet and savory is particularly unique (his favorite confections are sweet potato cheesecake or red velvet cake), as is this feathery peacock cake on his Instagram. Interested in learning more? Check out his virtual cooking classes — a testament to his talent. Delaware and Philadelphia.
Diane’s La Patisserie
Cherry Hill and West Berlin
This Kosher bakery run by chef and owner Diane Nussbaum is used to designing cakes around unique diets. Whether you are gluten-, nut-, or dairy-free — or vegan — this patisserie will try to accommodate all palates. With a background in French-style baking, Nussbaum designs each of her confections with a classic and elegant feel. This care for the design and ingredients has won the biz acclaim, including several Best of Philly awards. Nussbaum has been doing consultations at her home — on the backyard patio — as a result of COVID. 405 Bloomfield Drive, Unit 1, West Berlin (pickup and drop-off); 1 South Forge Lane, Cherry Hill (consultation only).
The Fancy Crumb
After honing her skills at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, founder Briana Green opened her own bakery right here in West Philly. The Fancy Crumb’s signature design element is the use of slender and tall tiers that lend to elegant-looking cakes, and all of the creations portray a sense of movement that will be sure to entice you and your guests. From artistic drips to edible glitter, the one-of-a-kind designs dreamed up by Green dazzle and awe. She even competed on Netflix’s Sugar Rush! and won (yep, the icing on the cake). Green says she has shifted the business to focus on more intimate gatherings and micro-events; The Fancy Crumb also provides to-go tastings so the couple can savor the sweetness from home. 310 South 48th Street, West Philly.
The Frosted Fox Cake Shop
From fondant to cake lace to metallics, this place does it all — particularly when it comes to buttercream-heavy designs. Case in point: It has focused on the Korean-style buttercream flower, which is edible, delicate, translucent, and more realistic looking than typical wedding cake blooms. Co-owner Jennifer Low (she won episode three of Netflix’s binge-worthy Sugar Rush!) says The Frosted Fox is doing slightly limited hours and is not able to conduct in-person tastings — to-go options, however, can be followed up with a design consult via phone, email or Zoom. The boxes are $20 and are chock-full of cakes, fillings and icings. The experts are also working directly with couples on more intimate celebrations as well as planners and venues on various micro-wedding packages. Petite two-tiered cakes have been popular, but the three-tiered option serves as few as 35 and delivers a grander look. 6511 Germantown Avenue, Mount Airy.
The Master’s Baker
Sweet buttercream dreams come courtesy of The Master’s Baker. The spot is known for its delicate, specially crafted buttercream roses — and it doesn’t skimp for those with food allergies. The team still accommodates vegan, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free requests. (The shop makes its gluten-free flour in-house with seven different flours combined into one.) Make sure you meet with the bakers two to eight months prior to your Big Day to reserve your cake. TMB has been doing wedding appointments via Zoom; tasting samplers and orders can be picked up curbside. Oh, by the way: Remember that five-tiered Eagles wedding cake that went viral in 2018? That was an original TMB creation. 319 West Gay Street, West Chester.
Milk + Sugar
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What started out as a food truck in 2013 has since evolved into a full-fledged bakery that sells yummy treats, caters events and designs (yep) wedding cakes. Marcel and Brittany Maldonado, the mother-daughter founders of Milk + Sugar, have a penchant for the nontraditional, and that aesthetic is reflected in their gorgeous, modern designs. Wedding cakes not your thing? They can provide a variety of sweets such as cupcakes, brownies or cookies — delectable little nibbles for you and your guests. Currently, the duo is offering delivery tastings, small ceremonial cakes and truck catering with packaged to-go treats. 407 Dickinson Street, South Philly.
Night Kitchen Bakery
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When it comes to design, Night Kitchen Bakery ensures that each cake will match your personal wedding aesthetic. And if you opt for a multi-tier treat, the team here (led by chef and owner Amy Beth Edelman) tends to bake a different cake and filling for each layer — practically ensuring something for everyone’s sweet tooth. In addition to scrumptious baking techniques, Night Kitchen is also known for its sustainable business practices; the spot is certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The shop is baking up to-go tasting boxes filled with its most popular cakes, fillings and icings; Edelman is also offering options for smaller weddings, like a two-tiered beauty and cupcakes. “This option has been popular during COVID to reduce the need for extra plates and forks,” says Edelman. “Plus, everyone loves a cupcake!” Place your cake order three to six months in advance. 7723-25 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill.
The Novel Baker
The bakers at this Bucks County spot love to play around with design and create outstanding, one-of-a-kind confections. A signature design element? The use of taller tiers: They stretch between 5 and 6.5 inches, and bring high drama to the overall appearance. Additionally, the bakers here love to incorporate fresh florals into the composition. These elements are perfect for rustic, chic, sophisticated styles — and beyond. The Novel Baker can accommodate most time restraints for wedding cake orders, but the earlier you get in touch, the better. Due to the pandemic, Alexis DeLuca, the owner, shifted her business to create tiny cakes for couples; she was faced with ingredient rationing and could not source flowers, and was challenged to create scaled down but once-in-a-lifetime mini confections for two. She says she spent seven days a week in a closed, 35,000-square-foot building, entirely by herself, trying to keep up the demand for weekday courthouse weddings. “I took on my duty of creating one petite cake after another, each as different and individualized as these newly christened COVID brides deserved,” she says. 123 North Main Street, Dublin.
Nutmeg Cake Design
This little bake shop is definitely worth the hype. The signature cake design leans on the more modern and minimalistic side, but your custom order will always be to your liking. Delicate, edible gold-leaf accents, textured marbled industrial designs or semi-naked creations are among the indulgences the team can cook up. (Have gluten-free guests? The delectable French macarons are made with almond flour.) The bakery typically requires five to eight months’ notice to create your dream dessert. Right now, Nutmeg has been working with couples on confections for micro-events (between 10 and 50 guests). The team has also cooked up a selection of postponement cookies for friends and families to give to couples whose Big Days have been impacted. 220 Krams Ave., Manayunk.
Park Ave Cake
Philadelphia and New Jersey
Helmed by creative owner Angela Park, this sweet company excels at infusing lovely botanical elements into your beautiful custom creations, as well as including skilled detail work. For other treats to try, we highly recommend the natural rose and saffron flavored lollipops, which taste as good as they look — and also bring a fun, playful element to your soiree.
If you have a dream wedding cake, then Sugar Realm is here to bake that into a delicious reality. Founder Ileana Saldivia has a knack for concocting pastries that sweeten the deal with hand-rolled chocolate panels, delicate sugar flowers and petite, custom-designed creations in the wake of the pandemic. You can see and savor the precision and passion in each slice. Baking these masterpieces requires a bit of time, so be sure to schedule your order nine to 12 months before your Big Day. Haverford.
Passion is the secret ingredient at this petite pastry shop. Lesly McDevitt, founder and head baker, adds a dash of care and love into every recipe she makes, especially when it comes to your wedding. Utilizing American-style baking and the freshest ingredients, her designs are innovative, visually appealing and, most of all, delicious. McDevitt recently added a to-go cupcake tasting box (couples can customize up to four different flavor combos) and is offering micro-wedding or cookie cakes that can serve 30 guests. Since The Sugary is a smaller operation, the team is limited to the number of cakes that can be made each season. Therefore, it is best to reach out as soon as possible to schedule a tasting and to start designing your one-of-a-kind treat. The cherry on top: The Sugary will also make you an adorable six-inch replica of your wedding cake on your one-year anniversary (no charge)! 3580 Indian Queen Lane, East Falls.
Sweet Freedom Bakery
Can’t have dairy? No problem. Don’t eat gluten? No sweat. Sweet Freedom is an all-allergy-free bakery, so no matter what your diet entails, the team will craft you something safe and scrumptious to savor. (No wonder its tag line is “Baking You Happy.”) Sweet Freedom only uses non-GMO ingredients and exclusively sources its products from reputable sources. According to the voicemail, the shop is doing pickup three days a week and delivery one day a week; emails are preferred. 1039 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr.
Termini Bros. Bakery
There’s something mesmerizing about watching the experts fill cannoli at Reading Terminal Market. But Termini is so much more than zeppole, sfogliatella and other Italian pastries we can’t pronounce. The wedding cake pros are legendary and have been in the biz for years, perfecting their craft with family tradition and skill. Call or email for a wedding consultation; tastings are available for pickup (curbside or in-store), and the company is fulfilling wedding orders, including for micro-celebrations. (Termini has also been re-working dates and refunding COVID-related cancellations for orders that have already been scheduled or placed.) The Reading Terminal Market and Packer Avenue locations are currently open for retail. That’s amore! Multiple locations.
Velvet Sky Bakery
The bakers here have a design aesthetic that ranges from classic to bold to filled with florals — whatever suits your flavor fancy. The team even brushes stunning watercolor paintings on the side of your cake, providing an artistic, eye-catching experience even before the first bite. Velvet Sky tries to accommodate all dietary restrictions and tends to need three to six months’ notice to start crafting your specific design. To meet COVID requirements, owner and head designer Jordan Harvey says Velvet Sky is offering alfresco picnic-style consultations while the weather holds. Harvey has also been partnering with Forever Love Events on micro-weddings. 307 Leedom Street, Jenkintown.
With design led by Carey Madden, founder, author and lead decorator (and an alum of the famed Two Little Red Hens bakery in NYC), you can count on cakes with a layered abundance of intricate, handpiped buttercream flowers that tie in to the overall wedding design. (And yum: Madden and her team source their delicious buttercream from an organic dairy farm in Lancaster County.) Consider yourself a dairy-free couple? Not buttercream advocates? Violet also makes specialty vegan and dairy-free cakes. Tasting boxes are available for delivery or pickup — and smaller creations are on offer for more intimate celebrations, too. 806 South 6th Street, Queen Village.
Whipped has acquired quite a bit of fame for its treats, including a Best of Philly win for its cupcakes. Artist Zoë Lukas designs these famous cakes, and her intricate and inspiring patterns (and statement-making but classic styles, like at this butterfly-themed wedding) are sure to take your taste buds to new heights. May to June and September to October are Whipped’s busy seasons, so be sure to book your wedding cake at least three to six months in advance. During COVID, Lukas has been doing virtual tastings and has been selling smaller cakes tailored to micro-events. Whipped is by appointment only. 636 Belgrade Street, Fishtown.