These days, prostate almost anyone is capable of baking a delicious cake. There are recipes, video tutorials and classes available to amateur bakers. When you want a cake that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate, however, it’s always a good idea to turn to professional bakers for assistance. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, soiree or a summer celebration, New York is home to several exceptional bakers who have a keen eye for aesthetics. After all, when you spend so much time on the decorations, your outfit, the music and the guest list, why should the dessert be anything less than gorgeous?

Sugar Couture

Sugar Couture | Penny Stankiewicz’s New York-based custom cake company has earned high praise and media coverage for its stunning designs and outstanding flavor. Stankiewicz is a true artist, crafting cakes to her customers’ highly specific preferences. She has made a wide range of couture cakes, from Ramona Singer’s bold and beautiful vow renewal cake — to a cake inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge. If you dream it, Sugar Couture will make it.

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Studmuffin

Studmuffin Desserts | Mini-desserts are a fabulous option for large events. It’s far easier to serve a variety of miniature desserts, they’re handheld, and they’re adorable. Studmuffin Desserts is no stranger to serving sweets to the creme de la creme, having gained massive popularity both in the Hamptons and in Manhattan. Who can resist delicious mini-cookies and whoopie-pie-inspired Space Cakes? These tiny treats and their pretty packaging are ideal as gift-bags or sweet treats for a daytime celebration.

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The Fashion Chef

The Fashion Chef | As a veteran fashion designer, Charlotte Neuville understands couture. Her designs appeared in Barneys, Neimans and Saks, and her designer cakes are now gracing the banquet tables of New York’s elite. Her brand, The Fashion Chef, caters to the customer with a taste for elegance, sophistication and refined glamour. If you are dressing to the nines for your next important event, this is where you look for a cake that matches the calibre of your dress.

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MilkBar

Momofuku Milk Bar | Milk Bar is a New York classic, delighting customers daily with eccentric flavors and high-quality ingredients. When you want your cake to have as much personality and class as you do, opt for Milk Bar’s custom cakes. Not only will the dessert be a conversation piece, but its unique and delicious contents will have your guests jumping for joy. Head Pastry Chef Christina Tosi is a master at creating cakes with character inside and out.

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Cake Bliss

Cake Bliss | Margot Lewis has the artistic eye and precision of a trained pastry chef, but the Cake Bliss owner is actually self-taught. Her luxury cake business has earned its rightful status as one of New York’s high-end favorites. Among Cake Bliss’ past clients are Diane Von Furstenburg and Williams-Sonoma, and these magnificent cakes have been featured in The Knot and Brides Magazine. With natural ingredients and a couture approach, it’s not hard to see why Cake Bliss is so highly praised.

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-Naakai Addy

Yes, you heard us correctly. Crimping is cool again. No, it’s not the 1980s, despite Britney Spears’ new “Pretty Girls” video with Iggy Azalea or Madonna’s major comeback. So, don’t be so quick to pull out your neon-colored leg warmers. Simply enough, crimping has been rediscovered along with other variations of textured and big hair. Believe us, we’re just as excited as you are.

Natural Crimpers | Anyone who is lucky enough to have naturally crimped hair or defined waves, try Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Conscious line to spruce up your hair. The Defining Crème will do just that and smooth each deep groove without any frizziness. The Holding Foam will guarantee a lasting look, so that your hair’s crimped look will not fall. Finally, use the Reactivating Mist to rejuvenate waves from a long day or to plan for the next.

At-Home Crimpers | For those who may not be so lucky with naturally textured hair, there are other ways to add a little crimping style to your tresses without using heat. Your go-to is no other than Aveda’s Be Curly Style-Prep. The spray adds moisture and defines the hair’s texture while wet and retracts to define hair coils while dry. So, wash your hair at night, spray with the style-prep, and French braid your hair before sleeping. In the morning, you’ll have intense, deep, heatless crimped hair.

Crimping Tools | To speed up the process or maybe for someone who doesn’t enjoy the nightly prep, crimping tools can be extremely helpful for creating that desired look, if heat is not an issue. Depending on the type of crimps you would like, there are a couple of different tools to use. Bed Head Wave Artist Ceramic Deep Waver provides a more wavy style for those with thicker hair that may not hold the more delicate crimped presses. However, if you’re looking for the more traditional crinkled look that even Destiny’s Child sported in the early 2000s, go for the Hot Tools 1-Inch Micro Crimper.

No matter your method for a current crimped style, you’ll have just as much fun recreating the childhood classic look. Just make sure to leave the high side-ponytails in the past.

-Brooke Leigh Howard
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