Planning a wedding can be stressful – so many details, so many decisions. But no one can deny that choosing one’s wedding cake sure beats contemplating invitation fonts. This is the fun part. The relaxing part. And no matter what your style, LA has no shortage of incredible confectioners to choose from. Following are suggestions sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and signature style at any price point.
This couture cake shop focuses on “the art of the edible celebration masterpiece.” Opened by Cordon Bleu alum Andrea Boudewijn who wanted to bring the couture look of New York and European cakes to Los Angeles, Superfine’s cakes are indeed exquisite works of art. Her instincts paid off – it didn’t take long for the bakery to be featured on most every high-end wedding publication in the West. Ms. Boudewijn’s passion shows in her attention to detail and mouthwatering flavor combinations, earning her high praise from legions of satisfied customers. Note, Superfine is not for the budget bride but devotees swear it’s worth every pretty penny.
Perhaps the main reason to consider this boutique custom cake studio is Nancy Kay herself. Customers rave about this warm, accessible and uber-talented cakesmith who’s an “absolute doll” and “total pleasure” to work with. The cakes are as gorgeous and delicious and exquisite as Nancy is helpful and her unique flavors (Limoncello poppyseed, Dulce del Leche, etc.) provide tasty options to standard cake menus. For an $800 minimum, Nancy will patiently work with you to create a cake that sure to make you swoon. Be sure to plan well in advance; commissions are limited to ensure complete attention to your needs.
Kien Giang Bakery
Not everyone can break the bank on a wedding cake but who’s willing to sacrifice taste and style on their big day? Good thing there’s this easy-to-miss family-owed gem in Echo Park just minutes from Chinatown. It’s a neighborhood go-to for special event cakes, especially for those who don’t care for super sweet and rich pastry. Their moist, light cake with a signature fluffy whipped frosting is not too sugary and is filled with generous, ripe fruit filling. Prices are very reasonable and they don’t charge extra for beautiful fresh flower decorations. That’s pretty sweet.
Not only has just about every local wedding publication featured Fantasy Frostings, but they are a hands down fan favorite on food review websites for both extravagant and cost-conscious weddings alike. Their friendly vibe and equally delicious and beautiful cakes have earned them an extensive celebrity clientele (Rebecca Romaine, Kate Walsh and Kevin James to name-drop a few) and in a town where businesses come and go like the wind, this family-owned bakery is clearly doing something right – they’ve been making tiered culinary masterpieces for 38 years, recently relocating from Whittier to South Pasadena to accommodate their booming business.
Vanilla Bake Shop
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Floor 1 Space 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90067
You may know them for their fabulous cupcakes but this increasingly popular dessert mecca also makes to-die-for wedding cakes. And so chic! While they can accommodate any design requests, their vibe is more hip and minimal for the modern bride. But the taste is anything but minimal. These award-winning bakers use only the highest quality ingredients and it pays off with every mouthful. The staff is cheerful and polite and for those on the fence about where to spend their wedding cake dollars, it may tip your scale to know that VBS donates generously to charitable causes and events.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
14622 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
And now for something completely different. If you’re having a tiny wedding fete or the standard multi-tiered, fondant covered confection just isn’t your style, consider the cake that matches the symbolism of your ‘no beginning and no end’ wedding rings. The moist and insanely flavorful cakes bring back a sense of nostalgia without sacrificing modern appeal. But let’s face it, it’s really all about the frosting anyway. And trust me, their cream cheese frosting will make you quiver. Drop by and try an adorable ‘bundtini’ for some bite-sized bliss that might just change the way you think about wedding cakes.
Charm City Cakes West
Who can mention cake shops without thinking of this Baltimore fixture featured for years on the Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes?” Well guess what….they’re heeeere! Charm City West opened in LA last year and its bakers are as busy as ever creating custom cakes to please both traditional and nontraditional West Coast couples. If you’ve ever seen the show you know there’s absolutely nothing they can’t do. Whether you’ve always dreamed of a wedding cake fit for a princess or one that looks like a baby armadillo, Charm City’s got you covered. And if you can’t find something to tickle your taste buds on their extensive flavor menu (green tea and ginger, peanut butter and jelly, etc.) you’re hopeless. Just don’t forget to visit to their website – the cake gallery is sure to make you smile.
Noelle Wright is a writer and self-confessed cake addict living in Los Angeles.