A home-based business centring on wedding cakes and other special occasion sweets for showers, birthdays, and cake smashes. The Babes promise “great tasting sweets and showpieces that you and your guests will marvel at” and also offer six and eight inch cake “cuties” that can be ordered with as little as three days notice.
CAKES BY DARLENE
Darlene Babin, co-owner of Shelburne-based Cakes by Darlene, has a long history of cake decorating going back to 1980. Babin’s unique design can be ordered and enjoyed throughout HRM and the South Shore, with a wide selection of elegant and customized cakes made to your specifications.
Tusket, NS, 902-648-3401, cakes-by-darlene.weebly.com
CAKES BY DEBRA
Specialty cakes and cupcakes for all occasions made to order by Debra Barkhouse. Cakes by Debra offers a variety of cake and cupcake flavours and designs to choose from. You can work with Debra to create your dream wedding order, plus wedding delivery and set up is available in the HRM.
A coffee and chocolate shop, The Choco Cafe is the storefront of home-based businesspeople Lama Issa, brother Rami Issa and husband Omar Khartabil, who offer gourmet wrapped chocolates individually or for wedding gifts. Choco cafe also serves fairly traded, organic coffee, specialty teas and authentic hot chocolate.
1360 Lower Water Street, 902-407-8844, chocolatesbydesign.net
CITY GIRL CAKES
Lookie here for fabulous, contemporary cakes that are basically edible art and have been wowing dessert-lovers since 2008. Expect simple, elegant cakes and cupcakes, customized and personalized in a variety of yummy flavours. And if you have an idea for your dream cake, contact City Girl for a no-obligation quote.
COCOA AND HONEY
Using local ingredients like Laughing Whale coffee and Hutton Family Farm produce, Cocoa and Honey crafts fairly-traded organic artisan chocolate and confections that melt in your mouth and satisfy any craving. Specializing in adorably packaged wedding favours and dessert catering, you’ll be able to give your guests the sweetest thank you.
FROSTING CAKE AND EVENT DESIGN
Norma Snow is a custom order queens, providing buttercream and fondant cakes, custom designed cupcakes and cake pops for pre-order with seasonal favourites, gluten-free options and custom flavour requests available at special request. One glance through their cake gallery and you’ll be wondering how people consume such gorgeous masterpieces.
166 Ochterloney Street, 902-449-2253, frostingcakesandevents.com
Crystal Ross’ baked goods are truly stunning. A one-baker operation, with an incredibly artistic eye, Gateaux Rose specializes in buttercream cakes and cupcakes for weddings and other celebratory occasions with options for all types of budgets. And, if you just want to treat yourself to something pretty and delicious, find Ross at the Seaport Farmers’ Market Sundays from 9am-3pm.
GOURMANDISES AVENUE CHOCLATIERE
Jean-Pierre Gallois and his partner Yseult Bertic are Patissier Chocolatier Glacier Confiseurs with over 20 years of experience. They will create the cake of your dreams, covered with a smooth “classic rolled” fondant, Victorian dark or ivory chocolate glaze and butter cream, finished with fancy and delicate hand-piped royal icing.
1209 Marginal Road, 902-463-9138, gourmandisesavenue.com
A locally owned, family-run business offering cupcakes and custom cakes. Hello Cupcakes can provide unique, creative cupcake designs that are the perfect centrepiece for your big event and can deliver them around the HRM and beyond.
JULIEN’S PASTRY SHOP
With decades of experience, and a solid reputation for its locations in north end Halifax and Chester, Julien’s is a trusted source for fresh baked details for your big day. It’s not all about beer here—cakes, French pastries, tarts and gluten-free options round out its diverse selection of options.
5517 Young Street, 902-455-9717, julienshydrostone.ca
JUST ICED CUSTOM CAKES
Meaghan Adamski is the cake designer and artist behind Just Iced Custom Cakes. She creates gorgeous wedding cakes with intricate designs and attention to detail, capturing the realism and beauty of flowers in her gum paste creations.
Kate’s cakes are adorable, colourful, and tailored to your taste. There are many ways you can go for your special day—Kate does it all from fancy rose designs to wedding dress shaped cakes that look dreamy and delicious.
902-449-1856, via Facebook
Layers makes jaw-dropping (and mouth-watering) works of art in delicious cake form (or cupcake size if you prefer). Having studied in the art of cake-making with world-renowned couture cake designer and sugar flower master Betty Van Norstrand, Jennifer Harrison will make sure you get something as equally beautiful as it is yummy.
LE FRENCH FIX PATISSERIE
Bring the magic of Paris to your dessert table. Geoffroy Chevallier specializes in French pastry crafting mini works of art in petit fours, macarons and other desserts that will add a little romance to any event.
5233 Prince Street, 902-497-5308, lefrenchfix.ca
NEWFOUNDLAND CHOCOLATE COMPANY
Artisanal chocolate from Canada’s east-most province is a sweet option for wedding favours, table treats, alternative desserts (because cake isn’t for everyone) or any craving in between. Check out design-your-own bars, custom chocolate boxes and more sugary delights.
POLKA DOT CAKES
The sugar-obsessed baker behind Bedford’s Polka Dots, Krista, is known for her cakes, cupcakes and whoopie pies, offering enough flavours and styles options to make a delicious statement at any event. Peanut butter, lemon-blueberry, chocolate blackout—the list of tempting options goes on—and the creative decoration? Well it’s just the icing on the…well, you get it.
France-born chocolatier Julien Rousseau-Dumarcet brings Halifax handmade chocolates, gourmet bars, fresh macarons and a crazy good hot chocolate—all the sweetest additions to your wedding details.
1277 Hollis Street, 902-802-6463, rousseauchocolatier.ca
SCANWAY CATERING & PASTRY
There’s a reason Scanway is known for its incredible cakes, they’re towering works of art. But beyond the sweets, you’ll find Scanway is just as well-loved for its catering. Providing to both traditional and adventurous clients, talented chefs will provide you with gourmet food—served or delivered—for any size event. Browse the various menus online, breakfast, lunch, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, plated or buffet dinners and then sit down and plan out your own unique menu.
1505 Barrington Street and 1567 Grafton Street, 902-425-0683 scanwaycatering.com
SUSIE’S SHORTBREADS AND CUPCAKES
If you’re in the market for a cupcake tower for your wedding, you won’t find a broader selection than at Susie’s. How about a cocktail cupcake? Or a pumpkin spice? Gluten-free? Caramallow? Fluffernutter? Pineapple upside-down? The list of dessert options is deliciously excessive—and edible cookie dough is on it—but if you still want the traditional cake cutting experience, Susie’s has you covered there, too.
218 Chain Lake Drive, 902-406-7075,susiesshortbreads.com
SMITH’S BAKERY & CAFE
The fresh-baked bread, cookies, squares and cupcakes woo north-enders off the sidewalk and into this neighbourhood bakery on the daily, but the special occasion cakes and cupcakes are something else. Probably because they’re made using a traditional pound cake recipe that dates back to 1932. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Temptress specializes in cakes for all occasions, but with its talents definitely lean in a naughty direction. Let your imagination go wild, from the goth wedding cakes to X-rated stagette and bachelor party delights, from cute to risque a plethora of flavours is available, including almond, strawberry, white chocolate liqueur and carrot. BUSINESS IS ON HIATUS FOR SUMMER 2017.
TWICE AS NICE CUPCAKES & MORE
Wedding, bridal shower, baby shower and special occasion cakes and cupcakes—for parties of eight to 200-plus— made with love from a home studio in Lawrencetown. Flavours include French vanilla, double chocolate, red velvet and white almond sour cream.