Shop Local: Beautiful Delicious Wedding Cakes in Raleigh and Durham, NC
No great meal is quite complete without a sweet finale. Give your wedding guests something to dance about – dessert! We’re here to introduce you to the world of wedding cakes in Raleigh and Durham, NC. Meet some of the best bakers in the industry. By the end of this blog you’ll think of these bakers as artists and visionaries! Hand-made from natural ingredients is what they do best. Work with any of these bakers, and we promise you’ll receive the wedding cake or dessert of your dreams.
Since 1982, Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe has been serving Raleigh dessert delicacies. Their exquisite creations and legacy have made Edible Art an untouchable layer on top of the local wedding industry. Mindy Glatfelter and Erin Seabolt are the sweet sister duo who now lead Edible Art’s family-owned bakery. And yes, Mom and Pop work in the shop, too. Edible Art’s team of dessert artists, led by culinary trained Pastry Chef Erin, prioritize made-from-scratch, gourmet wedding cakes.
Whether you want a traditional pound cake, or a strawberry margarita flavored cupcake tower – the sky’s the limit. They can incorporate your wedding colors, theme, and any other special details into your cake design. Edible Art will wow your wedding guests with their attention to detailed icing art and dessert garnishes. Bring your imagination and unique taste to their North Hills storefront, and this NC bakery will deliver the dessert of your dreams.
With a team of expert pastry chefs, each brilliant enough to lead their own bakery, Pasty Works is an unstoppable dessert megamind. Based in Raleigh, Pastry Works is the baking division of Catering Works. This loved-by-locals team is happy to give couples a cohesive wedding package that includes catering, dessert, and florals – or each exclusively.
Executive Pastry Chef Anthony Calcagno, who began his career at Rockefeller Center in NYC, brings an international taste palette to the team. Travel to France, Austria and Italy by biting into their macarons, caramel gateau and eclairs. The Pastry Works dream-team is all about making the connection between culture and cuisine.
Wedding desserts should be both delicious and memorable – a centerpiece of the evening that you and your family will never forget. Be sure to check their website for upcoming cooking parties, demonstrations, and tasting events!
Durham residents and Duke University students have long enjoyed The Mad Hatter Cafe & Bakeshop’s cozy cafe as an oasis of scrumptious soups and sandwiches. However, some hidden gems can’t stay hidden for long.
Experience this true Triangle treasure, and dig your fork into coveted flavors such as Banana Foster, Red Velvet or After Dinner Mint. With over 20 unique cake recipes, you and your partner are sure to find multiple favorites! Request a new wedding cake design, or choose from established icing styles such as their Sex in the City or All You Need is Love. The team is happy to work with fresh flowers to give you a more simple confection. Or better yet, try their edible icing art! Your wedding guests won’t believe that the flowers on your cake aren’t real.
Owner Fida Ghanem says they often serve up a gorgeous petite cake as a lovely venue display and cake cutting, along with a behind-the-scenes simple sheet cake for serving guests. Their smaller cakes are sometimes also chosen as a centerpiece for each table, or, as part of a dessert table complete with cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes, cookies and more.
Randi Smith is bringing a fresh creative touch to the traditional art of wedding cakes. Her Raleigh dessert boutique, Sugar Euphoria, is always as on-trend as it is tasty. If you follow Sugar Euphoria on instagram, you’ll understand what we mean! Her creations have a distinct visual aesthetic.
Randi has mastered the art of styling wedding cake and dessert displays. This year, she’s added this service for weddings, to make your sweets create a buzz whether set upon layered glass platters or hanging from the ceiling on swings in front of fern and boxwood backdrops.
In its eighth year of business, Sugar Euphoria specializes in utterly romantic wedding cakes and desserts made from natural, locally-sourced ingredients. Brides rave over Randi’s rosewater ganache tarts with pistachio topping. Other popular wedding favorites include dessert shooters filled with banana pudding, tiramisu or Boston cream pie. Your wedding guests will be thrilled with the personal experience of picking out their own mini tart or cream puff from a tower of delight.
Anne Flanagan, owner of Sweets & Stems bakery, has restored the playful, imaginative experience of eating dessert to weddings. That feeling of wonder and joy children so often express at receiving a sweet treat is now something even adults can enjoy at Sweets & Stems.
How did she do it? It started in 2010, when Anne swapped her computer for a mixer and opened “Raleigh Cake Pops.” She rocked the local wedding cake scene as one of the first in the nation to brand this trendy treat (and was featured in our magazine at the time for her work!).
Now, after almost a decade of mastering cake pops, Anne has expanded her business to include her ever expanding recipe repertoire – and, floral arranging services! Your wedding guests will be delighted to choose from a Sweets & Stems dessert table covered in a variety of selections. Her talented baking team serves wedding cakes, cupcakes, bundt cakes, and chocolate dipped everything. Anne can sprinkle, paint, and adorn your custom designed dessert to complement the decor of your event. Want your dessert to match the theme or color palette of your wedding? Easy! And she’ll top it off with gorgeous blooms from the in-house floral division.
Self-described as “elegant-yet-sassy,” Chef Paola DeMaayer is sprinkling some sweet global spice on top of North Carolina’s wedding desserts. Originally from Costa Rica, Paola has brought baking traditions from her childhood home to her new home bakery Tsuru Sweets & Coffee in Fuquay-Varina. Tsuru means ‘cacao’ in Bribri, a Costa Rican indigenous group’s language. Chef Paola wants to inspire and empower through the beauty and taste of her NC desserts. Sugar that’s good for the soul!
Having spent years working with wedding planners as head pastry chef at Fearrington Village, Chef Paola knows how to collaborate with you to design the dessert you envision. Her beautiful variety of specialty desserts ensure an exciting display. As you bite into one of Tsuru Sweet’s watercolor painted chocolate truffles, know that you are tasting excellence along with global awareness. Chef Paola and her team use only the highest-quality cacao from around the world. Through responsible and ethical partnerships, they respect the environment and support Costa Rican indigenous communities. Choose from Tsuru Sweet’s colorful menu of cake pops, macarons, muffins, truffles and more.