As spring approaches, the days are warming and the sun is setting later. This can mean only one thing: the traditional high season for weddings. Venue, decorations, meals, transport and attire — with so much to plan, it can be overwhelming. Luckily, you will get to eat cake. Here are five of the best wedding cake experts in the Tampa Bay area.

Alessi Bakery And Deli
2909 W. Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 879-4544

Aside from its famous deli counter and pastries, Alessi Bakery also offers a wedding cake service. Alessi is emblematic in Tampa, and the cakes live up to the reputation. Customizability is key here. A wide variety of layers and cake flavors are available and, during a private consultation and cake tasting, the bakery encourages future married couples to bring color swatches for the perfect icing decoration mix. Buttercream cakes start around $4 per serving and rolled fondants begin at $5 per serving.

Florida Bakery
3320 W. Columbus Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-0756

For over 40 years, the family owned and operated Florida Bakery has put a Latin spin on cakes, pastries, sandwiches and other sweets. The traditions of Cuba abound here, with famous Cuban sandwiches and delicious guava turnovers. However, the beautifully decorated cakes are the true stars. Every cake is made with three layers, with fillings made of guava, pineapple, vanilla custard, coconut and other options. A “secret syrupy sauce” tops the cakes, ensuring that they stay moist while the signature fluffy marshmallow meringue frosting makes cakes from Florida Bakery truly unique.

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Outrageous Cakes
Tampa, FL 33694
(813) 956-2253

At Outrageous Cakes, the motto is, “You dream it, we create it!” A relative newcomer to the Tampa bakery scene, Outrageous Cakes has already won awards and recognition and the Florida Cake Decorators Association pronounced Outrageous Cakes’ creations the best-looking custom cakes in Tampa Bay in 2013. The bakery also took the “Cake of the Week” prize in 2012 for a cake that celebrated the inaugural flight from Tampa to Zurich, Switzerland on Edelweiss airlines. The sky is the limit when it comes to Outrageous’ capabilities, as its designers are willing to work with couples to make literally any and every concept imaginable.

Chantilly Cakes
13533 65th St. N.
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 530-0300

Chantilly Cakes has built up a reputation for using some of the finest, freshest ingredients. The owners make a point to avoid cutting corners with commercial cake mixes. The many flavors include almond raspberry swirl to banana nut, amaretto, white chocolate raspberry liqueur, toasted almond cream, white chocolate mousse and chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. Your imagination is the limit for Chantilly.

A Piece Of Cake
5915 Memorial Highway , Suite 108
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 884-4049

The website Wedding Wire gave A Piece of Cake its Brides Choice Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012 — and with good reason. A Piece of Cake takes clues from the invitations, bridal gown, decorations and even couples’ love stories in its free, one-of-a-kind wedding cake design service. With buttercream, fondant, cupcakes, cake pops and dessert bar options, this bakery will please guests of all types.

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