The Hippo


Apr 25, 2019








Frederick’s Pastries (with locations in Bedford, Amherst and Andover, Mass.) caters to local couples with buttercream and fondant cake designs. Courtesy photo.

 Groovy groom’s cakes 

Cupcake wedding cakes are no longer the reigning cake trend. Now, groom’s cakes are all the rage. Groom’s cakes are served during the rehearsal dinner and often take the shape of a groom’s or the couple’s favorite pastime.
“It’s nice the grooms have really gotten involved, too,” Depres said. “The traditional wedding cakes are still popular, but the fun ones are popping up here and there.” 
Depres has seen Yoda from Star Wars and the minions from Despicable Me as groom’s cakes, and she said sports themes are a popular choice.
“Groom’s cakes are very trendy,” Walsh said. “More often than not they’re more traditional with their wedding cakes [for the reception]. They don’t want it too outrageous, but they want it individualized.”
Find your local wedding cake
The following southern New Hampshire bakeries were recommended by wedding sources like The Knot and New Hampshire Wedding Magazine. Know of another bakery with wedding cake consultation and design? Let us know at
Creative Cakes By Debby (3 Michelle Drive, Nashua, 882-1666,
Frederick’s Pastries (109 Route 101, Amherst, 882-7725; 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 647-2253,
Jacques Fine European Pastries (128 Main St., Suncook, 485-4035,
Just Like Mom’s Pastries (353 Riverdale Road, Weare, 529-6667,
Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli (819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150,
New London Confections (9 Newport Road, New London, 526-6066,
Patisserie Bleu (215 Main St., Nashua, 886-0007,

Have your cake and eat it, too
Tips from local bakers


Visions of wedding cakes from shows like My Fair Wedding and Ace of Cakes may be dancing in your head, but reality TV is far from the real experience.
“They don’t tell you what things cost, so I think it’s unfair for brides who come in,” Jacques Pastries’ pastry chef and cake decorator Tami Despres said about popular reality TV programs. “The cakes are beautiful, but the cost is so high.”
Despres and Anne Walsh, manager at Frederick’s Pastries in Amherst, both said brides are often blindsided after seeing cakes on TV as well as online.
“Is it in your budget? Some of the Pinterest cakes come from Las Vegas and Europe,” Walsh said.
Here are some realistic cake-shopping tips from local bakeries.
Couples should schedule a cake consultation four to six months prior to the wedding date. But first, meet with your florist and decide on a color scheme and wedding theme. 
During the cake consultation, brides and grooms can design their dream cake and taste cake flavors. Despres recommends looking at the list of flavors in advance.
“Some people don’t like like espresso or gingerbread,” she said. “Now, everybody does something different. ... It’s not just white or chocolate anymore.”
Jacques makes unique flavors like hazelnut and lemon and fillings like black Russian, caramel and amaretto. At Frederick’s, the white almond pound cake is popular, paired with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting, Walsh said. Pumpkin is popular in fall, and during the winter months, couples favor dense cakes. Frederick’s has its own signature Purple Velvet cake. 
“It gets a really cool response from the crowd too,” Walsh said.
After the consultation, order your cake at least two months in advance. The busiest wedding months in New Hampshire are May, June and October.
“If they know they’re getting married in a busy season, meet sooner than later,” Walsh said.
Wedding cake is priced by the slice, so it’s important to have the number of wedding guests finalized before ordering the cake. The number of tiers a cake has corresponds to the number of guests (for example, a three-tier cake can feed between 50 and 80 guests, and a four-tier cake can feed around 150).
“If you have a budget, be straightforward with us,” Walsh said.
Some of the wedding cakes on reality TV programs can cost up to $1,000. Fondant is more expensive than buttercream, and sugar flowers cost more than real flowers, Depres said. She added that one option couples have is to order a smaller wedding cake with a sheet cake in the back for guests.
Seasons are the favorite design inspiration for local couples. “New Hampshire is big in the fall. That’s wedding season; the birch tree effect, fall leaves, that is total New Hampshire,” Frederick’s Pastries’ cake decorator Jennifer Wojtaszek said.
Seasonal influences include spring garden flowers, sugared snowflakes in winter and seashells during summer months.
Walsh said that brides are incorporating their bridesmaids’ colors into the cake now, too.
“They like to have their flowers that are going to be in the bouquet in their wedding cake and they like to use the bridesmaids’ dresses somehow — whether it’s in the ribbon of the cake or the detail of the cake — because it kind of ties everything together,” 
she said. 
Ultimately, when it comes down to flavor, design and the budget, cake decorators like Depres, Walsh and Wojtaszek are the best to go to for advice.
“Trust us. ... Chocolate and lemon probably isn’t the flavor profile you’re looking for.  You think it looks good, but maybe not. Just trust in the person that’s doing it,” 
Wojtaszek said.   
As seen in the January 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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