A piece of cake

by Renee Suen

Planning ahead is always good advice when it comes to choosing your reception’s sweet centerpiece

Story | Renée S. Suen

Cocoa Cakery, 647-929-8053

Cake artist Christina McKenzie specializes in whimsical homemade cakes that might be a groom’s cake in the shape of a vintage wine cask wrapped in fondant ribbon to cupcakes or a well-constructed traditional tiered cake. But beyond the artistry, Cocoa Cakery is known for its one-on-one service and the ability to deliver quality within a budget.
Depending on the design, wedding cakes range from $7 to $10 per serving (meaning a four-tiered cake for 100 will start at $700). Available by appointment only, there is an 80 guest minimum for Cocoa Cakery’s wedding package, which includes a tasting, consultation, plus chocolate and vanilla cupcakes to take home and enjoy.

Bobbette and Belle, 416-466-8800

The catalog includes the elegant multitiered Perfect Peony (for 100 guests, $1,600), modern Elie Saab (for 110, $1,900), pretty Cascading Sequins (for 90, $1,500) or The Ballerina Cake (for 140, $1,900) with its fine ruffled Swiss meringue buttercream skirt. The latter, a light, silky and creamy coating may range from hazelnutty gianduja, fresh and vibrant raspberry or mango and passionfruit, or even classics like cookies and cream. Then there’s the signature cake flavours that include an intense rich and moist chocolate, classic Madagascar vanilla, a raisin-less carrot cake, or lemon that’s brightened with fresh lemon zest. Cakes can be gluten-free and buttercream colours can be customized.

DaanGo Cake Lab, 647-800-0559,

Masterchef Canada contestant and pastry chef extraordinaire Christopher Siu is recognized by many for cakes and confections he creates with familiar Canadian Chinese flavours. The former pharmacist turned baker’s technically driven treats may incorporate classic French-style components like crémeux, but come in flavours like Ovaltine, matcha and Vietnamese coffee. Known to create macarons in myriad flavours and characters, Siu is also a magician when it comes to creating cute designs with pleasing nostalgic tastes.
Consultations are $12 that include sampling five signature flavours (strawberry, matcha, black sesame, milk tea and mango) and a bonus flavour, while custom tastings are $25 for two custom flavours, with additional flavours for an extra $10 each. The Scarborough-based operation also offers the greatest flexibility for those in a time crunch, with cakes needing to be finalized at least 2 weeks before the big day.

Yummy Stuff, 416-531-9732

Known for its buttercream capped cupcakes, Morag Cleeveley’s Parkdale bakery also makes wedding cakes in traditional flavours such as chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, carrot or coconut. As an experienced fondant artist, Cleeveley has been known to make hand-painted gumpaste flowers, use Doric columns to support cake tiers or print customized logos on sugar laques for her ever-popular cupcakes. A minimum of six months advance notice is required, with gluten-free and vegan options also available.

The Cheese Boutique, 416-762-6292

An in-store consultation is required to proceed with any order, that’s both a tasting and information session. It’s here that the couple’s preferred cheese style(s), wedding theme, cultural and colour schemes are noted for the customized creation.
Cheese cakes feeding 100 to 200 guests start at $700 (for 400 guests, expect the starting price to be $2,000)



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