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Cakes, NY, NJ and CT

Yesterday, Michelle Preli and I were treated to a cake tasting at Brooklyn-based baker Mark Joseph Cakes. Mark's amazing cakes run the gamut from classic white to modern designs.

In addition to browsing his portfolio of spectacular confections, we got to taste eight different cake flavors and ten buttercream and mousseline fillings. With so many combinations to choose from we were a little overwhelmed, but Mark and Leslie walked us through the process - the same way a bride and groom tasting is done - and we were thrilled - or I should say our taste buds were thrilled - with the results.

With so many options to choose from, we asked Mark and Leslie for their expert advice on how a couple can narrow down their choices, and here's what they had to say:

Couples can select multiple flavors and fillings for each tier as well as alternate the flavors in every other tier. So if the bride and groom each have a favorite pick, they can each have what they like and don't have to choose one flavor-filling combination over the other.

Tri-state area couples can schedule an appointment with Mark Joseph Cakes at their D.U.M.B.O loft, and brides everywhere can browse the company's Web site for wedding cake inspiration. —Anne Chertoff

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