Putting Wedding Cakes to the (Taste) Test
Usually, couples do their traditional cake tasting between three and six months before their wedding. I was a little behind the ball when my fiancé and I showed up at Night Kitchen Bakery this past Saturday (only three weeks from our wedding date!) to decide on our dessert since, as luck turned out, they had a cancellation.
While I don't suggest procrastinating, it is comforting to know that they were able to accomodate us with such short notice.
Amy Beth Edelman, the Jewish chef/owner of the Chestnut Hill mainstay, is serious about sweets. Our table was already set for us with two photo albums full of artistic designs and flavors of cakes, which we excitedly browsed through as we waited for our meeting to begin with the bakery's executive pastry chef, Jennifer Low. Her main piece of advice to us (and to anyone else choosing a once-in-a-lietime confection): "Come in with an open mind. Sometimes, the flavors or designs that you think you want may not be what you end up going with. The pastry chef is a valuable asset there to help you," said Low.
The thing about wedding cakes —or any cake, for that matter— is that the sky really is the limit. You get to play with shapes, layers, colors, flavors and designs — which is a lot of fun, in my opinion. I'm going to keep my choice a secret, so you'll have to wait until after our wedding to see the final result. I'm so excited!
Night Kitchen Bakery is open seven days a week. They also bake holiday-specific treats throughout the year.
Night Kitchen Bakery
7725 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia
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