Cakewalk

About six weeks ago, I had you all vote on our wedding cake and the majority of our readers chose the beautiful masterpiece to the left. And guess what...we weren't kidding when we said we were going to leave the decision up to our readers. I'm a woman of my word, people. We placed the order this weekend: CAKE #2 IS OUR FOR REAL WEDDING CAKE! 

We had to change a couple of minor details to make the cake work with our color scheme (navy blue and blush). Instead of brown ribbon lining the bottom of each cake tier, we're going to use navy blue ribbon (duh). To give the cake a more "traditional" wedding cake look, we're going to make the fondant (icing) ivory instead of the mauve showed in the picture. The white thorn-looking things are staying, but not the obnoxious ribbon explosion topper nonsense. We're going to use this one in it's place (use your imagination).

So, that's what's going on outside the cake. We had our cake tasting a couple weeks ago and we decided on yellow cake with cannoli and Bavarian chocolate cream filling. I have no idea what that means, but it tasted heavenly. Just so you know in case you didn't, wedding cakes don't count as beige food.

I haven't talked about our baker yet, so let's do that. Wil and I (and 2398547325 family members) went to two bakeries here in the Bronx, but before we even walked into the first, I was sold on the second. Gino's Pastry Shop is an institution located in the Little Italy section of the Bronx. When I called to set up our tasting appointment, the owner, Jerry, stayed on the phone with me for over an hour to discuss the details of my wedding cake...my wedding cake that he didn't even know if I was ordering from him or not. He asked about my friends and family and with that information, he was able to recommend three different kinds of potential fillings. He even gave me his cell phone number and had me text him pictures of the cake I wanted. You can't walk away from that kind of service and we didn't.

In case you go to check it out, I'm warning you...Gino's isn't pretty, but who cares if the products and services are top notch, right? Right, that's what we thought, too.

The shop is small, cluttered and a total time warp back to the 1970s, but damn, does it smell good in there. Jerry and his mom (she works the counter) were just as nice and helpful in person as they had been over the phone. It didn't take much to convince us to choose Gino's for our wedding cake needs; the taste and the price couldn't be beat! Jerry made it perfectly clear to me that I can change my mind about anything regarding the cake up to the Wednesday before the party. He also gave us some free professional advice about how to decorate the cake (the changes that we made to Cake #2 were his ideas). If you have any cake or pastry needs in the future and aren't afraid to take a drive to the Bronx, give Gino's a shot (I didn't find this out until later, but they made our engagement cake). Talk to Jerry and tell him I sent you...we're paisans, him and me.

1 comment

Nancy S said... April 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Nom, nom, nom, nom....

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