6 Creative Philadelphia Wedding Cakes

September 1, 2023

Feeling a little overwhelmed at the idea of finding your Philadelphia wedding cake? I’m a Philadelphia wedding photographer, and I’ve photographed some really unique, artistic weddings. These are six of the coolest bakeries I’ve encountered at weddings. 

Finding Your Philadelphia Wedding Cake

The perfect Philadelphia wedding cake has the right combination of aesthetics and flavor. You want it to be as fun to eat as it is to look at. I’ve organized these recommendations according to theme, but you can trust that all of these cakes would be a delightful indulgence at your reception.

A couple lifts bites of wedding cake off a plate with gold forks.

1. For the Modern Art Lover

Angela Park runs Park Ave Cake out of her home, but you’d think her artistic cakes came out of one of the city’s best patisseries. She pairs custom flavors and designs to create cool Philadelphia wedding cakes. Check out her Instagram here

Blue, yellow, and white icing forms flowers on a Philadelphia wedding cake.
A bride and groom cut into a colorful wedding cake at a Philadelphia wedding venue.

Before their wedding, Thanh and Ben saw me post another of Angela’s cakes on my page. They immediately wanted to know where it was from. Thanh was so in love with the cake that she essentially ordered the same one in different colors. Angela did an amazing job of making the icing look like a watercolor painting. Your cake doesn’t have to be white to look “wedding.”

A bride watches a groom cut into a wedding cake on a cocktail table.
A bride and groom pick up bites of chocolate wedding cake.

2. For the Maximalist

Maximalism is having a moment. You can incorporate that into your wedding cake as much as any other part of your wedding day. At Party Girl Bake Club, Mallory Valvano translates the principles of maximalism perfectly in wedding cakes. Think neon colors and 1970s-inspired piping. Your guests won’t have seen anything like it. Check out Mallory’s Instagram here.

3. For the Vintage Lover

Haegele’s Bakery is old school in the best way. This bakery has been family owned and operated continuously since 1930. They pride themselves in making traditional baked goods in the same style as their founding generation of bakers. Their vintage piping is timeless and fun. Check out their website here.

Emily and Austin worked with Haegele’s Bakery for their Philadelphia wedding cake. The towering white cake with its classic piping looked right at home at their elegant reception. You can see it at the end of this Super 8 clip.

4. For the Outdoorsy Couple

A few times a year, New June Bakery creates cake samplers. I would highly recommend you check out their incredible flavors even if you weren’t getting married. Unique flavors like cardamom pistachio cream and cookies and tahini will make your mouth water. You can see the full cake menu here.

Noelle, founder of New June Bakery, is known partly for her creative flavor combinations but also for using pressed flowers to decorate her cakes. These Philadelphia wedding cakes are like natural works of art. If you’re aiming for a garden party atmosphere at your wedding, this is the perfect bakery for you.

5. For the Minimalist

Second Daughter Baking Company takes a more minimalist approach to decorating wedding cakes with fresh flowers. Their icing tends to be simple so that the flowers can take center stage visually. Learn more about these Philadelphia wedding cakes here.

Two Philadelphia wedding cakes with pink and red flowers sit on a table beside a curtain.
A groom holds a cocktail beside a table with two minimalist wedding cakes decorated with flowers.

Gillian and Brady got married at the BOK Building with a rooftop reception at Irwin’s. They wanted to include vendors located in the venue building. That’s how they found Second Daughter Baking Company. Their minimalist cakes were each different flavors, and they were absolutely amazing. 

A bride and groom kiss at their cake cutting.

6. For the Pinterest Pro

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll find Nutmeg Cake Design. These cakes are a Pinterest lover’s dream. They’re sculptural and surprising. If you feel really strongly about your decor or theme, Nutmeg Cake Design can work with you to create a wedding desert that suits it. You can check out highlights of their buttercream cake styles and fondant cake styles in this gallery

A bride lifts a slice from a creative wedding cake at Terrain Philadelphia.

I first encountered Nutmeg Cake Design when I photographed Dianne and Prince’s wedding at Terrain. Dianne planned and designed their wedding down to the last detail, and she got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest. Artistic floral installations decorated the whole reception space. Nutmeg Cake Design worked with Dianne to create what looks like a sculpture with gold detailing. It was everything Dianne hoped for. 

A bride and groom feed each other bites of a Philadelphia wedding cake.

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