(Closed) Ok, where’s your cake from?

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re doing our cake tasting next week, too.  We’re going to Bittersweet and Swedish Bakery.  I feel like those two are at the high and low end of our price point, so if you have a suggestion for something priced in between – please let me know!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We just had our first (and only, we decided) cake tasting this past week with Flour. We met with Janet and she was fantastic to work with; very patient and great at explaining what was possible and what flavors worked best with each other.  We ended up ordering a three-tier cake w/a layer of banana cake and espresso filling, chocolate with a raspberry mouse-y filling, and a lemon cake with a white sweet velvet filling. It will be white on white cake with buttercream frosting and fondant flower petal accents.   Unfortunately I can’t comment on price since our cake was part of our reception package so we’re not paying for it seperately. Here’s what it will look like—I love it and would highly recommend working with Flour!

 

 Sorry the pic is enormous!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am using the Swedish Bakery. Its a heritage thing plus I have been getting delicious marzipan cakes from them for years! They are a bit pricey but a marzipan cake is my splurge for the day, plus it is tasty change from the typical fondant/buttercream wedding creations.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@JBing: Up until a few weeks ago my brother was interning at Alliance doing cake tastings with couples. He loved working there and the cupcake I tasted when I was in town was awesome!

I haven’t done my cake yet. But Alliance and Dinkles are on the top of my list. I lived near Dinkles and frequented there for years! I LOVE their cakes!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We went with Oakmill Bakery and it turned out DELICIOUS! We had three different flavors, and the whole cake was gone except for 1/2 of our top tier which we are saving!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I will second (or third or whatever) Dinkel’s.  It is cake that tastes good.  It may not be super fancy, with unusual flavors, but it is tasty, and the pricing is good.  We used them for our wedding – our cake was Butterkuchen (a buttery yellow cake), with chocolate buttercream and chocolate (Devil’s food probably) with white chocolate mousse and strawberry buttercream.  Very tasty.

Their cakes are 3 layers and 2 fillings; and you can mix & match with no extra charges – so 2 layers of choc cake & a layer of white cake with 1 or 2 diff fillings is a-ok with them. 

I encourage you to at least do a tasting!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ok, we’ve had our tastings at Bittersweet and Swedish Bakery.  Bittersweet cakes were soooo delicious!  Incredible!  And they let us try probably 10 different types of cakes and fillings.  We couldn’t pick them out ahead of time though, it was just a sampling of what they had that day.  As for Swedish Bakery, we had a miscommunication and they didn’t have our appointment on the books, so we had to reschedule.  The coordinator there, Jacquie, was so nice and really helpful with suggestions and insight about the cakes.  We had to choose 3 cakes and 5 fillings ahead of time.  It would have been a $25 fee, but Jacquie waived it due to the scheduling snafu.  And I was surprised that the quotes were roughly about the same (Bittersweet’s tiered cake is more expensive, but their “sheet” cake is cheaper than Swedish Bakery’s).  So in the end, it came down to taste and we’re going with Bittersweet!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@JBing: We tried four bakeries.  Luscious Layers, Alliance, Bittersweet and Amy Beck’s.  Luscious Layers and Alliance both had a fee, and surprisingly, the cakes weren’t that great but their decorations were awesome.  I’m stuck between Amy Beck’s and Bittersweet.  Both Judy, the owner of Bittersweet, and Paris, Amy’s assistant, were awesome.  The cakes and the fillings tasted great.  The price per slice at Amy’s is slighly more, although the cake is actually a little smaller so the price comes out to be less. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m a huge fan of Luscious Layers bakery. I had a sweets table made by them for a baby shower. They also designed pitter patter sugar cookie favors for me as well. Well worth the money that I spent for it. For my husband’s birthday, I had them make a bunch of mini eclairs. So good. Around Christmas, I’m going to have them make a specialty cake for my yarn store’s holiday party. I’ve had friends use them for wedding cakes as well to great success.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We used Swedish and loved working with them. The cake turned out amazing, guests are still raving.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I did a tasting at Dinkel’s last weekend. We’re not even going to look elsewhere. Price is right and it tasted good! We’re having 28 people (including us) at most at the wedding so I think we’ll go with the smaller cake – serves 45 people.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m using the Baking Institute. The cake tasted fantastic and the women we worked with my so easy going. So far it was the easiest part of wedding planning

http://www.bakinginstitute.com/

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