What is more fun than a decorated cake? Eating one, naturally. Now you can have your cake and eat it, too, on National Cake Decorating Day on Saturday, October 10.
Making a cake can be a challenge for some, but the finished product itself is worth it. Whether you bake from scratch or cut a few corners with a mix, the baking is just the beginning of the fun. Then you can decorate your edible masterpiece with icing, sprinkles, candy, and more in creative designs and patterns. Make a cake in the shape of a crawfish. Decorate it with a scene from the presidential debate. Or, you can let someone else do all the work, and you can just enjoy eating it. Below are five great bakeries around New Orleans that will give you a beautifully designed cake.
A talented lady to trust with your cake designs would be LadyB. Her cakes are beautiful, and she can do various cake structures. This Wonder Woman of cakes even provides delivery. As well as designed cakes, she makes the adorable Cake in a Jar. Specializing in wedding cakes, LadyB offers four different types of layered cakes, starting at $3.25 a slice. The layered cake options are fondant cake, buttercream cake, a sheet cake, and the most original, the drip cake. Be sure to call ahead so that LadyB has enough time to work her magic. email@example.com, (985) 240-5656, ladybscakes.com
New Orleans's Bittersweet Confections bakes cakes that look as good as they taste. They have various signature cakes, or you can order a custom-made cake. Looking at their gallery page, it is obvious this bakery designs high-quality cakes—in both appearance and taste. Their Alison In Wonderland and Grumpy Cat cakes are impressive custom cakes, and their wedding cakes are extremely elegant. Starting out in 2002, the owner, Cheryl Scripter, expected to be specializing in chocolates but is now a successful and well-known NOLA baker. Remember, with most bakeries, ordering your cake a week ahead is best to ensure availability, especially with Bittersweet Confections. 725 Magazine St., (504) 523-2626, bittersweetconfections.com
The Sweet Life Bakery
This hidden bakery can make almost any cake design, for any occasion. Asking customers to order two to three weeks ahead, Jenny at The Sweet Life Bakery has a gallery that shows her experience and skill with designing cakes. She has a large list of cake flavors and icings, a lot of these being premium flavors. Some of the premium cake flavors include key lime pie, spiced apple pie, sweet potato pecan, blood orange, and many others. This be a great place to have a cake designed for National Cake Decorating Day. The bakery is closed Sunday and Monday, on Tuesday she is only available by appointment, and the store front is open Wednesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. 6268 Vicksburg St., (504) 371-5153, nolasweetlife.com
For over 55 years, Haydel's Bakery has been in the service of baking and designing cakes for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and many other functions around New Orleans. This reliable and experienced bakery consults on specialty cakes Tuesday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Haydel's is very busy, so it is best to get your cake order in well ahead of when you need it. And they offer so much more than cakes as well, such as their famous and beloved New Orleans Hand Pies. 4037 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 837-0190, haydelsbakery.com
Looking at the photos of her cakes, it is obvious why Jeanea, founder of JCB Creations, stays regularly booked. Her designs are beautiful and colorful, and she is clearly very talented. Due to COVID-19, Jeanea has decided to make JCB Creations a full-time delivery-only business, but this obviously has not stopped her success. She is known as the "Cookie Lady," so cookie cakes are a specialty of hers. If cookie cakes are your favorite, JCB Creations would be the bakery to check out. She requests that you order at least 48 hours ahead. 4836 Magazine St., (504) 324-9933, jcbcreations.com