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Wedding season is here - these shops are ready to serve up beautiful and delicious cakes!
Wedding season is fast approaching, and ordering a custom cake may take more work than you think. There are flavors and designs to choose, and getting the custom cake you want often requires ordering months ahead. Happy Valley has some incredible cake shops ready to design your perfect cake!
Kaitie Rose Specialty CakesState College
Kaitie Rose is owned and operated by Kaitie Hedberg, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. These specialty cakes are proudly made with local ingredients purchased from Harner Farm, Tait Farm Foods and Meyer Dairy. Each season brings an array of flavors to choose from, but Kaitie will work to make the cake you dream of. You can also discuss custom design options. Prices largely depend on the complexity of design, but you can find some basic prices at www.kaitierosecakes.com.
“The cake was moist, flavorful, and stunning, and she was professional and warm, with great communication through the process. Her cake was a sensation, and multiple guests asked me for her contact info because they were so impressed.”
“For my mom’s 50th birthday, I came to Kaitlin with lots of ideas about making the cake personal. After helping me organize those ideas, she created a beautiful and meaningful cake. To this day, my mom brings up that delicious cake on a weekly basis, then tries to come up with excuses to have another celebration requiring a cake. Kaitlin was a big part of making my mom’s 50th birthday party very special.”
Note: Ordering six months in advance is recommended for wedding cakes. For birthday cakes and smaller occasions typically requires only a few weeks’ notice.
Dolce Vita DessertsLemont, PA
Dolce Vita is a quaint, little bakery owned and operated by Mary Hilliard. Just about a five-minute drive from downtown State College, this bakery specializes in beautiful, custom cakes. A unique variety of flavors, as well as gluten free and vegan options, are available. Consultations and tastings are free.
“Great communication and execution for a baby shower cake. Mary was very helpful and responsive, and the apple cake was as cute as it was delicious.”
“The quality of the ingredients is obvious, as well as the amazing flavors. The staff was also wonderful, really nice. A definite hit!”
Note: Early ordering is recommended due to high demand.
Delectable Delights by HeatherCentre Hall
Heather Luse, currently the executive pastry chef at Penn State, owns this small business. It has a five-star rating based on 34 reviews on www.theknot.com.
Multiple cake, icing and filling flavors are available, and they’re happy to work with you on designing your cake! Bring a photo in of what you’re interested in or look through their many sample photos to get some ideas. Delivery is available to most of central Pa.
Buttercream cakes start at $2.25 per serving, and cake made with fondant start at $3.00 per serving.
“Heather has been my baker so many years that I can't remember. She does beautiful art. And tasty as well.”
“Heather is awesome to work with and her cakes not only look beautiful, but they taste amazing. There is simply no other place in Centre County that even compares. Great price too!”
Note: This is a small, family-owned and operated business with a smaller capacity, so place your order ahead of time!
Serendipity’s Cakes of Distinction
Serendipity’s Cakes is a great choice for those with food allergens. Their shop is kept free of common allergens, like tree nuts, peanuts, soy, gluten and wheat, and they’re willing to work around your dietary needs. They strive to use as many organic, fair-trade and local ingredients as possible.
Owner Carrie Williams majored in Baking and Pastry Arts at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. At Serendipity’s Cakes, you can choose from a large variety of flavors and fillings and even a soak to give your cake extra flavor and moisture. You can also choose between fondant (a thick paste used to decorate and sculpt cakes) and icing. Though many people are not fans of fondant, this shop boasts an unparalleled fondant with “a delicate flavor that goes well with any cake.”
Custom cake prices start at $3 a slice for a basic white cake.
Sweet Art Bakery
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars from 63 reviews, Sweet Art Bakery knows how to serve up cakes their customers love. Owned and operated by Christy Albertson, Sweet Art Bakery offers consultations where you can pick the design and flavors that match with your budget.
“I can't say enough nice things about Christy at the Sweet Art Bakery. I was a bride on a budget, and she worked with me in order to make a beautiful cake that didn't break the bank, but looked like a total masterpiece.”
“Our wedding cake was absolutely amazing! We gave only a basic idea of what we were looking for and they took off with that idea and then some and made the cake of our dreams. It was everything we imagined and more. We can't thank them enough! In fact, because of them, our cake was one of the only things that didn't cause any wedding planning stress!”
Note: Their schedule is filling up quicker than usual, so schedule your consultation today if you’re set on having them design your cake!
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