Wedding season 2021 is in full bloom. Post-lockdown and pre-sweltering summer, couples are saying “I do” to each other and all the festivities that 2020 deferred. Around Montclair, brides have a sweet selection to choose from when selecting their wedding cakes. Classic designs, customized confections that represent a unique style, a four-foot-tall cannoli tree —if a couple can dream it, the pastry chefs in the region can design it. From online ordering to COVID-safe tasting rooms, here’s a roundup of some of the top bakeries in the area. Read on to learn more about all of the great wedding cake choices in and around Montclair.
A Little Cake Bakery | 176 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge
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A Little Cake Bakery is about 30 minutes away from Montclair in Park Ridge. This bakery has been in business since 1999, offering “a full selection of custom cakes [and] some of the very best cake designers from all over the area, ranging from New York City to central NJ”. This highly-rated bakery on The Knot and Wedding Wire is consistently featured in lists of the best cake vendors in the region.
One of its key selling points beyond unique cake design is the consultation service. Sanitized tables mask requirements, and disposable serving plates are all part of the COVID safety precautions that allow A Little Bakery to continue to provide a full tasting experience. Tastings are offered Tuesday-Saturday from 9AM to 5PM and Sunday from 9-1.
A Little Cake said that this year’s most popular cake designs are a rustic aesthetic, so if farmhouse style or cottage core is your wedding vibe, this is a spot to investigate.
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Creative Confections Cafe | West Millford
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Creative Confections Cafe no longer calls Montclair home, but owner Jennifer Duran still delivers custom orders locally. The shop, a longtime staple of Montclair, has relocated to West Milford, where Duran is expanding her business. She has purchased a flower shop and very soon will begin offering dual services of cake and floral design for weddings and events of all sorts.
If you decide to go with Creative Confections, you’ll get the full tasting experience and stay COVID-safe. Duran prepares a tasting box for her clients to sample at home. Creative Confections has a 5-star rating on The Knot and Wedding Wire, but Duran doesn’t offer only traditional bridal cakes. According to the website, “the bakery specializes in sculpted 3 dimensional and hand-painted custom-designed cakes for every occasion.” So brides and grooms seeking unique confections to showcase their personalities can dream big with this gem of a bakery. Since Creative Confections makes cakes for other occasions, keep this place in mind for a birthday party, bridal shower, or bachelorette dessert that will wow the guests.
Rudy’s Pastry Shop | Bloomfield
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According to owner Christopher Gaeta, Rudy’s Pastry Shop in Bloomfield is a family business that has been going strong for over 30 years. Everything is made to order, so be sure to contact Rudy’s at least 48 hours in advance. Rudy’s focus is on European-style confections, making crepes and raspberry/fruit creme featured offerings. Gaeta says the most popular flavor for a wedding cake is Bavarian creme with fresh strawberries, but recently, funfetti flavor has increased in popularity, too. And, yes, Rudy’s is the bakery famous for designing the 4-foot cannoli tree.
Bride-to-be Nayab Mahmood of Wayne, loved everything about her experience with Rudy’s. She and her groom-to-be got “three small [tasting] cakes to take home, [so] we had a chance to sample them with all of our families and still have leftovers for days.” Mahmood also loved the customizable options that Rudy’s offers. She ultimately decided on a four-tiered cake, alternating the classic Bavarian creme and strawberries with chocolate hazelnut. She chose the Bavarian “because it’s a classic” and the chocolate “because it was so good!”
Important note: Rudy’s does not have a storefront, which is part of why ordering in advance is so important. However, they do have a tasting room that is being revamped to be “even more inviting and spectacular,” according to Gaeta.
Truffalla Bakery | Online
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Truffalla Bakery’s owner and head baker, Alla Jackelli, formerly ran a catering company in her home country of Georgia. She moved to the U.S. ten years ago and “had to start from scratch again.” After working as a pastry chef, she decided to start her online bakery and considers herself as having “a kind of romance with dough.”
Truffalla’s storefront is entirely online. Jackelli works out of a commercial kitchen in Orange, but the personal touch isn’t lost. She loves to help clients choose the right cake. Not sure where to start? Jackelli begins by asking the tough questions: are you a chocolate lover? What fruits do you like? Other flavors that intrigue you? What’s your favorite color? This will guide you to the perfect cake for your personality. Overall, Jackelli admits that “chocolate and vanilla cakes are most popular. My personal favorites are dulce de leche and carrot cake. I [also] love buttercream and painted cakes [because] they are never the same.”
Delivery is free within ten miles of West Orange, and available for a fee up to 50 miles away, but order early because there’s a long wait time if a custom cake is what you’re after. Because Truffalla has a virtual storefront, Jackelli also delivers.
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Don’t Forget the Groom!
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Groom’s cakes are a historically Southern tradition, but they have gained in popularity in the northeast as well. A groom’s cake usually offsets the traditional tiered design of a wedding cake and reflects the groom’s personality in some way. Think anything from tuxedo motif strawberries to football helmets to gaming systems in cake form. Chocolate is a traditional flavor here, but again, it’s the groom’s choice. New York-style cheesecake, a red velvet armadillo cake — be as outlandish as you please!
Couples who are looking to offer an alternative flavor at their reception aren’t alone – Chris Gaeta at Rudy’s estimates 20% of his clients order a groom’s cake, too, and A Little Cake Bakery puts the number closer to 50%. So for couples who can’t choose, the answer is simple – just get two!