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As a Chicago bride searching for the perfect bakery to make your dream wedding cake, there are tons of options in the city for you to make your decision. Sometimes, however, an urban bride wants to be a little different, and there's nothing wrong with importing from elsewhere. There are many hidden gems within the suburbs themselves, and here are six of the best suburban wedding cake bakers that can be found throughout the burbs of Chicago.
Creative Cakes, Tinley Park
The newest winner of the WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award, Creative Cakes is a bakery that is no stranger to creativity. Attention to detail and flawless presentation in addition to delectable cake flavors (such as white, yellow, chocolate, banana, carrot, red velvet, and confetti) have earned this bakery a stellar reputation in the sweets business. Using cutting-edge, personalized designs, Creative Cakes' skilled decorators are experts in every level of the sugar arts — from buttercream piping to fondant pleating to handcrafted sugar bows. There are 17 available mousse filling flavors for cakes including Irish cream, pineapple, strawberry, seasonal custard, and additional fruit toppings such as peaches and seasonal fresh berries. As far as icing, there is no shortage of deliciousness; among the six options are dark chocolate ganache, cream cheese, whipped cream, chocolate buttercream, and real buttercream. It's going to be difficult to choose! Read real brides' reviews here!
Located in the heart of the southwestern suburbs, Cakefections specializes in making custom cakes for special occasions from scratch. Award-winning baker and owner Chris Smuczerowicz has earned a reputation for being customer-service-focused as well as accommodating to the needs of couples who have a wide range of budgets. As far as flavors, Cakefections boasts 13 unique cake flavor options including white almond and cherry chocoalte, as well as 16 fillings and five types of frosting. To make things a little sweeter (and easier to choose!), wedding cake tastings are free — couples can select any three different cake flavor/filling/frosting combinations, and the bakery will make a 6" taster cake for each one. Up to 6 guests are allowed to attend tastings and all are allowed to take home any leftovers. Read real brides' reviews here!
Jarosch Bakery, Elk Grove Village
A Chicagoland staple for over fifty years, Jarosch Bakery is a bakery based in the Northwest suburbs, well-known for its beautiful wedding cakes and hand-dipped butter cookies. The shop's experienced wedding-cake specialists, all long-time employees of the bakery, work closely with the bride and groom to create the cake of their dreams. Most wedding cakes at Jarosch Bakery are created with their special buttercream icing, though fondant is available as well. Known for its design accents, the bakery specializes in climbing roses, swiss dots, cornelli lace, and several other beautiful presentations. As far as flavors and fillings, there are 8 cake flavors and 22 fillings to choose from — which are as traditional as vanilla to as eclectic as apricot preserve or walnut cream. For those who want an in-person experience, Jarosch Bakery hosts an annual in-store bridal show, for couples — guests are invited to sample cake and filling flavors as well as the ever-popular mini pastries.Read real brides' reviews here!
Kirsten's Danish Bakery, Burr Ridge
Kirsten's Danish Bakery is steeped in Danish tradition, with a staff of experienced Danish bakers who have a passion for creating some of the most authentic (and delicious!) Danish bakery products in the country — especially kringles: a sweet and salty Scandinavian pastry that is a Nordic variety of pretzel. In addition to traditional baked goods, Kirsten's is known for its cakes &mash; and several of its cake decorators have even won prizes in superior cake decorating! Making colorful creations with a variety of techniques, it's no doubt that your wedding cake will be one-of-a-kind. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Baking Institute, Northbrook
Winner of several awards, The Baking Institute's motto is "Making Dreams Come True One Cake at a Time." Based in the northern suburbs, The Baking Institute is a bakery specializing in high-end cakes, pastries, tortes, cheesecakes, and sweet table displays — all of which are handmade and decorated with care. To make sure you find the cake of your dreams, the bakery offers free tastings and showroom design consultation to brides considering them as an option. Flavor offerings include marble, white, and chocolate, and there are over 16 cream filling flavors in three textures (buttercream, bavarian cream, and french custard). For couples who want an even more extravagant display at their reception, the Institute's modern luxury cakes are the perfect fit, with four layers of cake and three layers of filling in each tier. Read real brides' reviews here!
Central Continental Bakery, Mt. Prospect
A Chicagoland tradition since 1922, Central Continental Bakery has provided a diverse range of baked products catered to the needs of their customers for four generations. Central Continental creates a variety of ethnic pastries and breads as well as a wide range of wedding cakes. During cake tastings, the couple will sample cakes in mini cups and various flavors and fillings — including cannoli, chocolate mousse, and cream cheese. Read real brides' reviews here!