Over the holiday weekend, Brad and I attended a second cake tasting. If you’ll remember, he did not attend the first one, and I really wanted him to have the chance to experience a cake tasting for himself.
This time around, we went to Simma’s, a local bakery with a lot of history. They’ve been named one of the top 25 bakeries in the United States, and they are definitely a staple in the wedding cake industry here.
Whereas the first baker I visited with is strictly a cake baker, open by appointment only, Simma’s is a full-service bakery, complete with coffee shop. We walked in and surveyed the scene:
We helped ourselves to some coffee and awaited our cake samples. When they were brought out, we were shocked at how much cake there really was:
(Starting from the top left and going clockwise: Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and buttercream frosting, genoise cake with raspberry chambord mouse and white chocolate ganache frosting, Simma’s signature cheesecake with chocolate ganache frosting, red velvet with cream cheese mousse and buttercream frosting)
Pretty much two full pieces of each kind of cake, one for each of us (except the cheesecake—I think that’s way too rich to give two pieces of!). It was A LOT of cake and we took a huge box of the leftovers home with us.
The wedding coordinator came out to meet with us, and was able to quote us right away. I liked that we got to see how the cake would actually look when served to our guests, but I gotta be honest and say that I was a bit put off with how they did things. It’s sort of impersonal and not really the customer service I was expecting after my first go-round…but I guess that’s what you get when you go from “cake baker only” to full-service bakery.
All in all, the cakes were really delicious and we will have a big decision to make!
And because you rarely ever see him on the blog, here’s the Dr. enjoying his post-cake coffee:
Cake tasting round two, complete. How many cake tastings did you go on?