My son recently celebrated his first birthday. I was looking for ideas on where to order a cake for the party and found a lot of great recommendations. So whether you're looking for cupcakes, elaborate tier cakes, or sheet cakes, there's someone in the Upper Valley that can make you a wonderful cake to help you celebrate your special event.
A to Z Cakes
Abbi and Dan are the owners of A to Z Cake based in Quechee, VT. They were the top recommendation by locals with high praise: "cakes are to die for and reasonably priced," "delicious, fun, creative, and great to work with," and "we were highly impressed and the guests raved about the tate!" Wow!
I was so impressed by the reviews I contacted them and they were wonderful: quick to respond, friendly, and provided lots of options for my party: cupcakes, cake jars, cake truffles, cake pops, or a celebration cake. They also do amazing wedding cakes. You can find pricing information here.
They have unique flavors that really will wow your guests. I was drooling over both the oreo and caramel apple recommended flavor combinations, but was also thinking of trying something with white chocolate.
Unfortunately my party was very small and the minimum order didn't work for my situation, but Abbi did say you could freeze leftover cake. So that can be a great option for some people. I've tried cake after it's been dethawed - still good!
Their gallery online is amazing to look at! Not only are they creative like the girl blowing bubbles, but they look like art. The Lord of the Rings book and the sneaker both look so life like! Find more on their website and lots of beautiful pictures of cakes their Facebook.
The Little Cake Shoppe at Jennyridge Farm
This cake shop is on my must visit list. It was hard to pick my favorite cake photos on Jennifer Arney's Facebook page for the Little Cake Shoppe at Jennyridge Farm since they were all so amazing to look at, but I tried to show her talent for all types of venues. She came highly recommended from people who have tasted her cakes. They commented with ideas like "Can't say enough fabulous stuff about her work," "Not only super creative, but so delicious!" and that "She is amazing!" Five out of five star reviews on Facebook!
She has some unique flavors too: lemon, cinnamon, vanilla almond, and carrot. You can have fillings too. She'll work with your ideas and even offers gluten free as an option. You can see more information on pricing and more here. I can't wait to try stop by her store in Canaan and try a cupcake!
Ronna Gendron Creative Cakes and Confections
I would like to create an excuse for a special occasion just so I can have a cake that looks like one of these. Speechless! Creative designs with a perfect eye for detail: simple, elegant, and whimsical. Flavors include the traditional chocolate or vanilla, but also red velvet or apple spice caramel. You can get fillings inside too. For pricing and more information click here. Ronna Gendron can make a cake to fit your needs and event: wedding, birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion.
Marley Cooley of MC Confections in Woodstock was also recommended for cakes. I was most impressed by her cookie decorations! I bet these would be a hit with teens. Karoake themed cookies, and the maple themese cookies looked amazing! Check out her Facebook to find out more.
Dazzle Cupcakes are amazing to look at as the two cupcakes I bought above show: cookies and cream and cherry chocolate! They also offer cakes and mini pies. They even offer gluten free and vegan options too. People rave about Dazzle Cupcakes: "The most amazing from scratch cakes and cupcakes I have ever seen," and they taste "absolutely heavenly." I love all the flavor varieties that change daily, which will always keep me coming back for more. I love that you stop into her shop in Lebanon and just get one cupcake or order ahead and get a dozen. You can find more on their website.
Jordi is a recent graduate of culinary school and currently is a baker at King Arthur Flour. Her dream is to own her own bakery someday. Locals recommend her work because it's beautiful and her cakes taste wonderful. For more information check out her website.
Mel's Distinctive Treats
Mels is a caterer in Enfield. She uses locally sourced ingredients like eggs and cream whenever possible. Not only does she make cakes, but she also makes donuts and chocolates. Yum. Check out her Facebook page for more info.
I love the frosting in My Brigadeiro cupcakes: the perfect light and airy texture and balance of sweetness. The cake is moist and fluffy too. So if that's what her cupcakes are like, I'm sure her cakes are wonderful too. I didn't know you could order cakes there too. You could even have these chocolates as favors at your next celebration and I'm sure they'd be a hit; I know I really enjoyed their creamy flavor. You can see the creative varieties of chocolates here.
Other Great Cake Makers
If you live in Claremont check out Sweet Cheeks custom cakery for their beautiful cakes; I love the construction zone birthday cake.
There are a lot of wonderful women who make cakes from their home. Elizabeth's Home Bakery does small custom cake orders in Enfield. Tiffany Irish also bakes cakes and you can find photos of her cakes at Dessert at Tiffany's. Kaykes by Kay is an online bakery store for cupcakes and cakes. You can order online and see pictures here. Clarke Couture Cakes specializes in wedding cakes with elegant decorations. You can find her flavors here. The apple spice cake sounds yummy.
This list is only a sampling of the wonderful bakers in the Upper Valley. If you have a person you would recommend feel free to add them to the comments below.