Best of Delaware 2010
You told us your favorites. We have a few of our own. Herein, the great big list of winners.
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Best Contemporary Wedding Cakes
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Desserts By Dana
22 Peterson Place, Bear, 721-5798
Desserts By Dana’s Dana Herbert is on the cutting-edge, designing delectables in big, bold colors, whimsical prints and patterns, and asymmetrical stacks. Some brides, as Herbert says, “like the bling.” That means cakes in silver, gold, rhinestones, and more. See him at work on The Learning Channel’s “Ultimate Cake Off.”
CRITICS, OVER THE LINE | SugarBakers Cakes
752 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Md., (410) 788-4170
One of the most delicious things about SugarBakers Cakes is its first anniversary program, so don’t freeze that slice. You can have a fresh 6-inch top tier on your first anniversary. All cakes are artful and scrumptious. Popular cakes are yellow and devil’s food, with fillings that include chocolate toffee mousse, raspberry buttercream or ganache. The bakery makes rich buttercream icings, but its cream cheese icing is decadent. You’ll have to contact the store in Maryland, but your cake will be made in Delaware.
Best Traditional Wedding Cakes
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Liz Marden Gourmet Cakes
1252 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-0728
Hanging on the wall at Liz Marden Cakes & Desserts is a sign that reads, “Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not.” Marden and her team bake fresh every week, using quality butter, eggs, cream, Madagascar vanilla, Swiss chocolate and European preserves. Her most requested cake is the chocolate mousse, a combination of chocolate and vanilla cake with raspberry jam and white chocolate mousse filling. Marden bakes works of art. Customers get something to remember.
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Sweet Disposition
38290 London Ave., No. 2, Selbyville, 436-3616
Sweet Disposition creates stunning cakes, from multi-tiered confections that serve 200 to its Honeymoon cake for two. All made from scratch, cakes are decorated in classic designs, often accented with fresh flowers, vines and tendrils, or shells. Whether the bride desires white tiers dripping with sugared blooms or chocolate layers topped with fruit, she’ll get the cake she longs for.
Best Wedding Florist
CRITICS, DOWNSTATE | Flowers by Mayumi
128 Second St., Lewes, 644-4468
Flowers By Mayumi is known for bridal bouquets, wedding ceremony flowers and floral cake decorations. One standout is the popular rose bridal bouquet, which pairs three types of white and pink roses. Its hand-tied rose nosegay features white freesia, white roses, pink and white spray roses, white hydrangea and cascading ivy. Its Cherished Vows centerpiece explores textures in white by marrying roses, lisianthus and carnations with seeded eucalyptus in a silver bowl.
Best Wedding Reception Site
READERS, UPSTATE | Hotel du Pont
11 W. Market St., Wilmington, 594-3154
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Baywood Greens
32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck, 947-9800
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