In a couple of weeks, I will be getting married in a tiny ceremony (12 people, tops). In preparation, I've been driving myself nuts trying to find a tasty 10" white/yellow cake (preferably with berries). Thought I'd share my results so far in the hope that someone could point me to another place.
All I want is a cake whose predominant flavor is NOT sugar. Kind of like the berry mousse that you can get from Trader Joe's, or pies from the Pie Guy (gosh, if I could have a wedding pie, I'd be set!). Based on past experience, I ruled out cakes by Party Favors (only okay) and Rosie's (too sweet). All the other bakeries I have tried, I tried for the first time.
Konditor Meister: Had to crash a friend's wedding cake testing in order to taste their cakes for the following reasons: their minimum order for a wedding cake is 40 people; they will only do a cake testing if you're already committed to using their services (understandable); they do not sell slices of their cakes. Tasted a bunch of flavors. Overall, the texture of the batter was really light and fine, but the taste of mousses and frostings were too subtle for me. The Strawberry Grand Marnier did not have many strawberries, and I could barely taste the liquor. Same for the lemon mousse in the lemon citron torte. Not much difference between the bailey's and kahlua mousse (kahlua was a tad stronger tasting). My favorites were the pumpkin cake and the tiramisu, but fiance didn't care for either.
Quebrada: Had their carrot cake before (and like it), but that's not what I'm looking for. They don't sell slices of their yellow or chocolate cakes (this REALLY boogles my mind since there is a cafe next door to the bakery, and it is practically next to the Capitol theater!!!). The closest I could get is to have their chocolate cupcake, which has the same frosting that they use for their cakes. The cupcake was kind of on the greasy side. The frosting was unmemorable.
Flour: This place actually sells slices, which was a relief. The lemon-raspberry cake was too tart. The carrot cake was nice; had a stronger carrot flavor than others I had tried. The hazlenut-almond dacquoise was lovely, but unfortunately, not appropriate for a wedding.
Finale: Cannot try without buying a small cake. No slices available, not even in the restaurant itself. Does this make any sense?
Cakes to Remember: Ruled out because they have a $500 minimum for cakes, and their slices average $6.50/pp.
Russo's (in Watertown): Bought a small strawberry shortcake. The filling is quite yummy - full of strawberry goodness. The cake itself, however, is a bit too coarse for my taste (though I shouldn't be too surprised based on what shortcake is like). And fiance wasn't crazy about the unsweetened whipped cream frosting.
Icing on the Cake: Now this place I had REALLY high hopes for because they actually gave me free samples of their golden raspberry, lemon velvet, orange grand marnier, and strawberry mousse (new flavor). Lemon velvet was lemony; strawberry mousse tasted like strawberries. But overall, the frosting was just too sweet for our tastes.
My last two bakeries to go are Japonaise Bakery (I like their green tea cake, but haven't tried the others) and Rebecca's cafe (yes, a chain!!!). Fiance and I are a fan of Rebecca's Tuscan Cream with market berries because the berries taste like berries, and I love the cream and slightly sweet frosting. But it's been a while since I've had the cake, so I have to try it again.
Any more suggestions?