Westchester Wedding Guide From the Pros for 2012: Local Wedding Vendors Share Trends and Favorites for Cake Ideas and Styles, Popular Icing Choices, Most Memorable Wedding Cake, and Budget Dessert Options

The Sweet Send-Off



Cakes in Westchester have more in common with works of art than with Duncan Hines—dessert creates the last impression of the evening, after all.

ON THE RISE Have your cake—and pie, and cupcakes, and candy—and eat them all, too. The “dessert buffet,” in which couples let their guests have a choice of desserts, often displayed on a well-styled table, is catching fire in Westchester. “There is more interest in dessert bars with more diverse options, small portions, and non-traditional tastings,” says Karen Miller of Three Dogs Gluten-Free Bakery in Briarcliff Manor. The most popular desserts—in addition to the cake, of course—are cookies, pies, whoopee pies, cake pops (one-bite cakes on a stick that look like lollipops), and French macarons. “The macarons have become very popular over the past year,” says David Shore of La Renaissance Pâtisserie Française of Scarsdale. “We offer them in chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, lemon, mocha, and raspberry.”

ON THE DECLINE Cupcakes are out, our vendors say, unanimously agreeing that traditional wedding cakes are far more popular in Westchester. And modest ones, too. “The mega-sized wedding cake is on the decline,” says Shore. Adds Phyllis Procopis of The Pastry Corner in Mount Kisco: “We’ve seen our clients shift toward a desire for stacked and simple wedding cakes.” And the cake tops? Leave them plain. “We don’t see plastic cake toppers that often,” Shore says. “They are not popular.”

THE LOOK Most Westchesterites go for a classic, clean, and elegant look for the wedding cake. “Most couples are still very traditional, with round tier cakes with some sort of ribbon and scroll work,” says Lynn Ayala of Dream Cakes Bakery in Cortlandt Manor. “The bulky buttercream-roses era has definitely passed!” Miller agrees: “I am still getting a lot of orders for perfect, really tall tiers; clean lines; and white-on-white.”

Decorations, if any, follow the minimalist style. “Simple, understated, elegant, modern, and clean finishes,” says Jay Muse of Lulu Cake Boutique in Scarsdale, with “pearls, metallic colors, ruching techniques that mimic current wedding-gown trends, and hand-painted motifs.” Bakers also see a lot of requests for Swiss dots, small flowers, scrolls, or cakes that match the couple’s invitations.

THE TASTE There’s an adventuresome palate in Westchester, with couples going for “foodie-forward flavors,” says Muse, “infusing green teas, chai, and savory spices.” Other oft-requested flavors include: Red Velvet ∙ Pumpkin ∙ Coconut ∙ Carrot ∙ Chocolate Mousse ∙ Strawberry Shortcake ∙ Raspberry ∙ Ganache ∙ Oreo/Cookies 'n’ Cream.

THE ICING ON THE CAKE

FROM THE PLANNERS “Passed desserts are a popular alternative to the traditional plated dessert,” says Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime in Milwood. “Retro desserts are a fun option, such as s’mores, Mallomars, and Ring Dings.”

“In the warmer months, it’s always fun to serve mini Popsicles in beautiful, bright colors, especially when guests are heating up from all of the dancing,” says Lauren Sozmen of Loli Events.

MOST MEMORABLE “We had one client who had a wedding cake consist of ten different varieties pies.”
—Phyllis Procopis, The Pastry Corner

“A groom’s cake in the shape of a Ferrari race car. The couple was traveling to Italy for their honeymoon to see the races.”
—Lynn Ayala, Dream Cakes Bakery

“Flavor wise—a sour cream chocolate cake layered with ‘Banoffee’ custard, composed of a combination of toffee and banana, with homemade dark-chocolate-covered toffee bits. Visually—a Super Mario Brothers-themed wedding cake.”
—Jay Muse, Lulu Cake Boutique

“We do a lot of 3D Yankee Stadium groom’s cakes, which are always pretty memorable.”
—Jaime Raucci, Riviera Bakehouse

“A wedding cake decorated with white fondant icing, fondant orchids, and approximately three-hundred sugar pearl dragées.”
—David Shore, La Renaissance Pâtisserie Française of Scarsdale

SAVE “Decorating the big formal cakes is what adds to the cost,” Miller says. So, to save money, cut down on the labor-intensive decorations. Opt for a more minimal cake, or a dessert buffet that includes lots of un-decorated cookies and pies. Or, you can rely on an old trick: order a smaller, tiered cake for cutting and display, then serve your guests sheetcake from the kitchen.

LOCAL BAKERIES

The Bakery at Four Corners
Pelham
(914) 738-8604

Beascakes Bakery & Breads
Armonk
(914) 273-3612
beascakes.com

Candy Rox
Rye
(914) 844-6750
candyrox.net

Chantilly Bakery
Bronxville
(914) 771-9400
chantillybronxville.com

The Chocolate Dreamer
Cold Spring
(914) 633-2904
thechocolatedreamer.com

Chocolations
Mamaroneck
(914) 777-3600
chocolations.com

City Limits
White Plains
(914) 686-9000
livanosrestaurantgroup.com

Cocoa Chocolate Shop
Larchmont
(914) 834-6464
cocochocolateshop.com

Connie’s Bakery & General Store
Mount Kisco
(914) 242-2014
connies.org

Dream Cakes Bakery
Cortlandt Manor
(914) 734-2253
dreamcakesbakery.net

Edible Arrangements
Eastchester
(914) 202-9123
ediblearrangements.com

Flour & Sun Bakery
Pleasantville
(914) 495-3232
flourandsunbakery.com

Homestyle Desserts Bakery
Peekskill
(914) 737-4659
homestyledessertsbakery.com

La Renaissance Pâtisserie Française of Scarsdale
Scarsdale
(914) 472-0702
lrbakery.com

La Tulipe Desserts
Mount Kisco
(914) 242-4555
latulipedesserts.com

Lulu Cake Boutique
Scarsdale
(914) 722-8300
everythinglulu.com

Odyssey Chocolates
Scarsdale
odysseychocolates.com

Patisserie Salzburg
Rye
(914) 921-4458
patisseriesalzburg.com

The Pastry Corner
Mount Kisco
(914) 666-5916
thepastrycorner.com

Provisions Bake Shop and Café
Pelham
(914) 738-6622
pelhamprovisions.com

Sweet Delites Pastry Shop
Somers
(914) 276-6444

Riviera Bakehouse
Ardsley
(914) 674-0000
rivierabakehouse.com

Susan Gambelli Custom Cakes
White Plains
(914) 831-2001
susangambellicakes.com

Three Dogs Gluten-Free Bakery
Briarcliff Manor
(914) 762-2121
threedogsgfbakery.com

Topps Bakery
Bronxville
(914) 337-4258
toppsbakery.com

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