The tradition of wedding cakes dates back to medieval times when wedding cakes were simply, small “wheat cakes.” Traditionally, the groom would eat a small slice of this wheat cake, and then he would crumble the rest of it over his bride’s head. This was done to symbolize prosperity and fertility. In fact, guests would often times try to get their hands on a crumb, as they too believed they could receive some of the prosperity and fertility of the couple.
Later in Medieval England, small wedding cakes were stacked on top of each other. The challenge for the bride and groom, was to try to kiss one another over the high stack. If they were able to achieve this, it was thought that they would live a life of prosperity. Fast forward centuries later and wedding cakes have done a complete 180. Forget the hundreds of flavors and frosting to choose from, the designs of wedding cakes today have become more like a piece of art to display at your wedding reception, than just dessert!
With so many talented wedding cake designers these days, it’s almost impossible to decide which one to hire for your wedding day! We have complied a list of the top wedding cake designers in the Chicago area, listed in alphabetical order. Not only are their designs visually pleasing, but their flavors will satisfy your sweet tooth, as well!
Amy Beck Cake Design is a luxury, custom cake company based in Chicago. Amy Beck is passionate about creating couture works of art for weddings and special occasions. “We continually introduce new designs displayed in our studio and frequently showcased in magazines. To celebrate our 10th year anniversary, we designed our first ever Signature Collection. From intimate to grand celebrations, we wanted to design a collection that meets and exceeds the expectations of all my cost savvy and lavish brides alike. All of our cakes are made of the finest, natural ingredients to ensure every client receives a delicious, visual work of art.” -Amy Beck, Owner of Amy Beck Cake Design
“Being one of the longest standing awarded cake companies in Chicago takes a lot of work. We never named it after one person because it is the team that makes the company! Guests eat our cake, smile, and the rest is history. Cake has designed thousands of wedding memories with the very same philosophy, and we have been leaving lasting impressions, one cake at a time, for 15 years! We can accommodate our customers with all types of custom event cakes and any type of wedding cake. What’s inside does matter but uncompromising quality is what wins every time. At Cake there is one goal: perfection! Every sugar flower, every brush of gold, every handcrafted scrolling is designed for that particular customer. We are passionate about what we do and share it with our guests!” -Joanne Buege, Owner of Cake Sweet Food Chicago
Elysia Root Cakes is a Chicago based designer of beautiful bespoke wedding and special occasion cakes. From modern and contemporary to sophisticated and elegant, Elysia Root Cakes can create the wedding cake of your dreams. Owner and cake artist, Elysia Root loves hearing about her couple’s wedding style and décor and uses elements of the overall wedding such as the invitations, bride’s dress, floral décor or the venue itself as inspiration for the perfect cake sure to make a statement at the wedding reception. Playing a small but delicious part of the happy couple’s celebration is one of the best parts of being a cake designer. Every cake created by the Elysia Root Cakes team is always couture, always custom and always uniquely you.
“At Sugar Fixe we work closely with our clients to create a cake that fits the unique style of the couple’s event and that it tastes great. We make anything from traditional tiered cakes, cupcake towers, to full dessert tables with macarons and other delicious petit fours. Everything is made from scratch, with high quality ingredients. Something that sets Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie apart from a lot of other bakeries, is that they are a small company that believes in giving their full attention and commitment to their couples. Wedding and Custom Cakes Director, Bria Helgerson, is with the couple from start to finish. I hold the tastings & consultations, I design the cake, I make the cake, and often I deliver the cake. There is no lost in translation with us, because you are interacting with one person for all aspects of the ordering process. I feel that I really get to know the couples I work with, and that is invaluable when it comes to knowing what they are expecting from their baker.” -Bria Helgerson,Weddings and Custom Cakes Director of Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie
“The wedding cake designs at Vanille are anything but old school. They are uniquely beautiful, incredibly detailed and simplistic all at the same time. The best part about designing wedding cakes are the delicate details involved. It’s so enjoyable to meet the couple and get a feel for their relationship; then to portray a design around who they are and their big day. Our clients are a big inspiration to the way we design cakes. Each couple’s uniqueness, allows for my creativity to surge. At the end of the day, providing a quality product and a beautiful bespoke cake are important. But seeing the reactions from our clients is the main reason why I love designing cakes.” -Lexie Gibbons, Cake Designer for Vanille Patisserie
If you plan to marry in the Chicago area, then we recommend hiring one of these talented cake designers. The sweetest part of your ceremony should be handled by an expert that will not only bake a delicious cake, but will also create a spectacular design that will leave your guests in awe.
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