Custom wedding cakes are stealing the spotlight and taking center stage for color, creativity and charm. From exquisite patterns and hand-painted inscriptions to couture-style creations, the visual impact of a wedding cake has become a personal statement that reflects each couple’s style. Pastry chefs in and around Bergen County have become skilled artisans employing techniques such as embossing, scrollwork, brush embroidery, hand painting and much more. Here are some of their amazing creations.
Sweet Indulgences, Dumont
Wrapped in filigree lace and bathed in white, these cupcakes burst on the wedding scene as an updated alternative to the traditional tiered cake. Versatile and trendy, these miniature confections can complement any wedding theme – and white weddings are no exception. Elegance abounds as calla lilies dance across the surfaces of these tasty treats. Each bloom, handmade and brushed with a light coating of pearlized edible mist, is captured in a white filigree cupcake casing. A spray of lilies grace the cake topper. Each bite reveals a hint of lemon coupled with an airy lemon buttercream filling.
I Am Cupcakes, Little Ferry
Iamcupcakeshop.com or 201-440-4249
Glittering glamour meets subtle sweetness in this romance-themed centerpiece. Four levels of delectable confections topped with spiraling swirls of pink and gray. These cupcakes come in a trio of flavors – strawberry, vanilla, and cookies and cream. To add that dramatic dazzle, each cupcake is brushed with edible glitt
The Hudson Cakery, Weehawken
Hudsoncakery.com or 201-319-0363
Enchanting watercolor rosettes swirl across each tier of this impressionist-inspired masterpiece. Varying tints of sun-kissed yellow, blue and green were hand-painted onto the fondant tiers with light brush strokes to create art with an ethereal expression. Jennifer Bunce, owner of The Hudson Cakery, was inspired by the colors, patterns and textures of a spring bouquet of peonies, poppies, daisies, hydrangeas and cabbage leaves. A sampling of this dessert offers a lemon cake complemented with Bunce’s famous strawberry-lemonade buttercream and lemon curd.
Grandma’s Kitchen, Northvale
Grandmaskitchennorthvale.com or 201-750-2301
Embrace sweet elegance with this white-on-white work of art. Alternating tiers of point d’esprit texture and finely lined tendrils lend an air of royalty to this wedding centerpiece. Each tier is accented with a satin ribbon while cascading fondant swag gently drapes downward for a regal effect. Blossoms of dogwoods and roses are the crowning glory of this show-stopping masterpiece. With a nod to the classics, a black-and-white filling of chocolate chip fudge marble is paired with chocolate chip layer cake.
Inspired by the Fourth of July
Sweet Samantha, Springfield
sweet-samantha.com or 973-445-1620
Crimson and robin’s egg blue sunbursts dot three stacked tiers of white fondant as they ascend to an explosion of color. Each burst of color on this cake is fashioned from homemade fondant, piped with royal icing, and trimmed with edible luster dust and French silver dragees. Inside, vanilla coconut cake with raspberry mousse filling is topped with white chocolate ganache.
Inspired by Christmas
Sugarflake Bakery, Westwood, Fair Lawn, Wyckoff, Lyndhurst
A pairing of ice blue and satin white creates an unforgettable wintry motif. Alluring snowflakes dot an ascending tower of five tiers of perfection. To please the varying tastes of guests, each tier alternates with flavorful combinations: chocolate ganache with chocolate mousse filling and white cake with strawberry mousse filling.
Eat Cake Be Merry, Englewood
Eatcakebemerry.com or 917-576-3015
Forget the flowers and fall in love with letters. Whether it’s a romantic message or a stylized monogram, layered letter appliqués add a personal touch to any simple wedding cake. The fondant-cut letters were inspired by old-style typography and letterpress. Cut into this charming confection to find melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake coupled with hazelnut buttercream.
Heather Barranco Dreamcakes, South Orange
Heatherbarranco.com or 212-920-9777
Nostalgic grace exudes from this perfectly delicate work of art. The bottom tier is draped with a soft lace ruffle. In the center, a customized placard inspired by classic moldings found in distinctive homes in the 1930s. Created with a brush embroidery technique, the top tier is wrapped in lace reminiscent of classic decorative moldings found in distinctive homes. Each bite reveals a pairing of fresh strawberries and mousseline buttercream.
Design Cakes, Kearny
Designcakes.com or 201-991-4500
For the fashion-forward bride, ruffles and damask add drama to this daring dessert. Inlaid damask print tiles and undulating rows of romantic ruffles create an appealing juxtaposition of texture and style. A smooth topper tier adorned with an oversized antique brooch completes the lavish look of this haute couture-inspired cake. Beneath the frills is a flavorful filling of hazelnut praline and cappuccino.
Cake Fiction, Long Valley
Cakefiction.com or 862-205-9033
Six towering tiers of stylized stenciling make this cake a ceremonial showstopper. A robin’s egg blue fleur-de-lis pattern accents tiers of wedding day white. Each tier is encircled by dotted pearls. The topper boasts a trailing drape of French blue hydrangeas. Chocolate fudge cake is filled with the flavors of French vanilla and dulce de leche cream.
Inspired by Valentine’s Day
Cupcakes by Carousel, Ridgewood and Englewood
A coterie of cascading cupcakes creates the perfect valentine for couples planning a February wedding. Each bite-sized red velvet dessert is filled with a dollop of cream cheese and topped with a rich butter cream frosting. Sitting atop the tower is a 7-inch keepsake cake frosted with a dotted Swiss pattern and topped with red sugar roses and accented with sugar hearts
Desserts of Distinction, Waldwick
dessertsofdistinctioninc.com or 201-689-7790
The new “classic” cake showcases clean lines, sleek contrasts and minimal but striking accents. Champagne fondant cloaks three tiers of four-layer chocolate cake with layers of chocolate mousse – a popular combination. Each tier is simply stacked to create a stunning silhouette. The elegant chocolate-flavored ribbon that wraps each tier is made from modeling chocolate and helps create subtle glamour, a perfect balance between novelty and simplicity.
Le Petit Gateau, Park Ridge
alittlecake.com or 201-391-6300
Originally a Southern wedding tradition, the groom’s cake is gaining popularity as couples opt to incorporate personal elements of their lives into their special day. If billiards is the groom’s passion, this miniature replica pool table groom’s cake has colored billiard balls, cues fashioned from gum paste and hand-carved table legs. To mimic the wood grain effect on the table, a brush paint technique was used to add brown food coloring stain to white rolled fondant.
Sweet Avenue Bake Shop, Rutherford
sweetavenuebakeshop.com or 201-395-BAKE
Everything made by Sweet Avenue Bake Shop is vegan, dairy-free, and egg-free. There are also some gluten-free and soy-free options. For a cupcake wedding “cake”, some couples go for an assortment of all the flavors they like best. This cupcake creation alternates chocolate and vanilla cakes with chocolate and strawberry frostings, for a stylish color combination of brown and pink. The custom-made tiered display stand features the Latin inscription “amor vincit omnia” – love conquer
Desserts of Distinction, Waldwick
dessertsofdistinctioninc.com or 201-689-7790
This sophisticated cake features a sleek stack of square and round tiers, smoothly finished in rolled fondant. The jewel-tone sugar flowers – a mix of lilies, roses, daisies and orchids, accented by deep green leaves – provide an elegant and stunning contrast. But the cake and filling flavors show a playful side, including Boston Cream Ring Ding – white cake filled with vanilla bean fresh egg custard, enrobed with a dark rich chocolate glaze – or Caribbean Shake – dense toasted coconut cake filled with fresh bananas tossed in chocolate custard.