Okay, we all know Philadelphia is known for it's cheesesteaks, sports fans and I guess, well, Rocky. But did you know they have the most amazing cake vendors too? There were so many to choose from that Derek and I decided to visit four of them and bring you our favorite flavor picks from each one! It was an easy tour for us because we live so incredibly close to the city, so we spread out our tastings over a few days and broke them up into a two part series. We had such a fabulous experience at these cake shops, each having their own unique characteristics that really make them stand out. So to future brides, cake enthusiasts and lovers of all things creative, I hope 'youse guys' enjoy this edition of the best Philadelphia wedding cakes part one!
Unik Cakes (pronounced unique) is a brand new bakeshop located just outside of Philadelphia in Warminster, Pennsylvania. For owner Masha Lipkovsky, baking was always a family tradition, helping her grandmother make delicious treats like pies, honey cakes and strudels. With her family background, training at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and internship at the renowned Pink Cake Box, opening her own bakeshop was obviously a dream come true.
My first impression of Unik Cakes was how beautiful the store was and how inviting Masha and Igor were! Tiered cakes decorated the walls while a cake chandelier hung by the doorway. But what immediately caught my eye was the counter full of brightly colored macarons, which Masha generously offered - and I quickly accepted. They were absolutely delicious (I'm a sucker for macarons!) and I pretty much knew then and there we were going to have an amazing tasting.
Not only does Unik Cakes create gorgeously and intricate cake designs, they also specialize in dessert tables that include macarons, cake pops and cupcakes! Masha gave us a few cake pops to try which were not only scrumpious, but also decadent in design. A wonderful and chic addition to any wedding!
Masha discussed with us the many contests she competes in to showcase her work. The cake to the left was her entry in the Philadelphia Zoo cake competition for Valentine's Day 2014. The theme was 'Wild at Heart' and although she was the runner up (come on - she should have placed first!) it is still a great representation of her artistic capabilities.
I also loved hearing about Masha's participation as a 'Sugar Angel' with Icing Smiles, a charity that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. She seems very willing to give back to the community, a very generous gesture and fantastic trait as a small business owner. I wish Masha all the best with her new business and I know everyone enjoys her cakes as much as we did!
Igor Kozhukhin, owner Masha Lipkovsky and Anne
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Tucked away in the quaint town square of Jenkintown, lies the ever so yummy Velvet Sky Bakery and Cafe. Owner Jordan Harvey grew up in the Philadelphia area, but trained as a pastry chef and cake designer for five years in Savannah, Georgia with Sweet Genius himself, Ron Ben Israel. When the Velvet Sky Bakery became available for purchase in 2011, Jordan jumped on the opportunity to start her own business and move back to her roots. Two years later she expanded by opening up the cafe to the public, offering high quality coffees and teas with desserts that include cookies, cupcakes and scones.
Before Derek and I even parked the car we were already in love with the area. Jenkintown has a very small town feel, as if right out of a movie, where everyone knows everyone. We were immediately greeted by the staff who showered us with mouth watering treats. We loved the modern, yet rustic style of the cafe and had our pick of the various beverages on the menu, which BTW were beyond yum!
While skimming through their menu I noticed a flavor called the caprese - a tomato cake, fresh basil buttercream with a reduced aged balsamic drizzle. Being a huge fan of the extraordinary, I found myself intrigued. Jo, Jordan's husband and store marketer, told me he came up with this concoction while enjoying a summer cocktail of the same name while living in Savannah. He thought it would make a great cupcake. It hasn't caught on yet as a trending wedding cake flavor, but it's on it's way up. Remember carrot cake wasn't originally received with open arms and now it's a hugely popular flavor. The caprese really makes the perfect alternative to the savory carrot flavor. I can't wait to re-visit in the summer to try it out!
Derek and I had such a fantastic visit at the Velvet Sky Bakery. The staff were more than accommodating and we had so much in common with Jo! We exchanged our travel experiences and learned all about his life on the road with his band. We wish Jordan and Jo the best of luck with their small town bakery and the continued success of their delicious cake products!
CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING VELVET SKY BAKERY CAKE DESIGNS!