After noticing the great suggestions in the Manhattan bakeries thread below, it occurred to me that Chowhound's the best place to ask advice re a wedding cake. I'm just starting to compile a list of bakeries for a November wedding. Though I know about Sylvia Weinstock and folks like that, what we're looking for is an elegant (probably tiered) cake that can feed 100, isn't completely overdone with flowers or kitchy stuff, and tastes wonderful--as it will be the primary dessert at our reception. We'd probably want two or three different flavors in the cake. It just seems that, too often, weddings cakes look beautiful but are dry and uninspired--which is, perhaps, the reason people suggest you order a cake that feeds 25% fewer guests than you will have. I went to a wedding in LA last month, and the cake was so good that people were going back for seconds and thirds. That's what I want.
Thanks in advance for any ideas!