Taking the Cake
1608 W. 34th, 451-6336
Austin native Shirley Slaughter has been one of this city's premiere cake designers for more than 30 years. Caterers, hotel wedding coordinators, and wedding consultants all agree that when brides want a fantasy cake covered with exquisite, handmade gum paste flowers, Shirley is the one they call.
Old Pecan Street Cafe
314. E. Sixth, 478-2491
This downtown restaurant does it all; wedding cakes, receptions, and off-premise catering. Their Italian Cream and Fat Chocolate cakes are justifiably famous and they'll sell you a cake whether they cater the whole wedding or not; contact Bob Woody.
The Barr Mansion
10463 Sprinkle, 926-6907
Chef Kevin Quinn makes all the wedding cakes for this lovely Victorian wedding facility. His Chocolate Hazelnut Banana cake with authentic buttercream was the best chocolate cake I tasted. Contact Mark McAfee.
Texas French Bread
29th & Rio Grande, 499-0544
All the excellent TFB cakes (Italian Cream, Carrot, Genoise w/Rum, Hyde Park Fudge) are available as wedding and groom's cakes with an impressive list of fillings and frostings. Their leaf & vine and basketweave frosting designs are attractive and the serving allowances very generous. Contact Jeanine Gwaltney.
Sweetish Hill Bakery
1120 W. Sixth, 472-1347
Though they sell more Italian Cream, my favorite cake here was the Raspberry Gateau, a yellow genoise soaked in kirsch syrup, layered with raspberry marmalade and frosted with whipped cream/cream cheese icing in a delicate grapevine pattern. Contact Arlene Harris.
Upper Crust Bakery
4508 Burnet, 467-0102
Simple, elegant, delicious cakes in three varieties with real buttercream and fresh flowers. The Gateau Marisa, yellow cake filled with pastry cream and fresh strawberries, is truly marvelous. Contact Valerie Schuster.
2803 San Jacinto, 472-6612
Richard & Susan Gothard are probably the busiest wedding cake suppliers in town, popular with cost-conscious brides, caterers, and wedding facilities. Their specialty is a light white cake with strawberry filling, frosted with whipped topping.
1005 S. Austin in Georgetown, 930-0571
Accomplished pastry chef Shannon Fitzgerald left Houston to open a full-service pastry shop in fast-growing Georgetown. He will provide cake samples with appointments and he delivers to Austin for a fee. Fitzgerald offers a variety of cake options and is experienced in the use of Choco-Pan fondant.
3520 Bee Caves Road, 306-8710
Founder Loretta Bates popularized the idea of cheesecakes for wedding cakes and the new owners of this popular dessert business are actively promoting their wedding cake line. They make traditional wedding cakes with choices such as Italian Cream, White, Carrot, German Chocolate, and Red Velvet and their full line of cheesecakes are available, too. Contact Julia Fleming, wedding coordinator, 875-0705.
Carol's Catering by Cheryl
Experienced caterer Cheryl Price is one of the few caterers interviewed who actually makes wedding and groom's cakes for her bridal customers herself. Her simple, delicious French Vanilla cake with buttercream frosting was the best white cake I tasted.
1100 Koenig, 451-9799
Longtime cake designer and decorating teacher Mary Ann Grametbauer has recently curtailed her specialty cake business but she is still available to make beautiful wedding cakes. She's an expert with sculpted designs, rolled fondant, and gum paste flowers.
Countryside Baking Co.
Motorola pastry chef Scott Calvert has a specialty baking business near Smithville which services the Austin area. Portfolio pictures and cake samples available by appointment.
Sheila Marie Fleming
Fleming is a busy caterer, restaurant consultant, and cooking teacher who also makes wedding cakes (including cheesecakes and fondant-covered cakes). Pictures and samples available by appointment.
Designer Cakes by Louise McLaughlin
A pastry chef (Bertram's) and a graphic designer, McLaughlin brings both talents to bear in her wedding cake business. Her skills include chocolate bags, blown sugar ornaments, and pulled sugar ribbons. Pictures and samples available by request.
Icing on the Cake
Raphael Rios specializes in the traditional wedding cake styles favored by Hispanic brides and presents his cakes with the most up-to-date cake stands and bases. -- V.B.W.
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