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Albemarle Baking Company

Charlottesville , VA
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LOCATION

418 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903 US (map)

PHONE

434-293-6456

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ABOUT US

Taste. It is often the most overlooked detail when shopping for wedding cakes. Taste is why we eat cake in the first place, and it will be the thing your guests remember most about your... Read more
Taste. It is often the most overlooked detail when shopping for wedding cakes. Taste is why we eat cake in the first place, and it will be the thing your guests remember most about your wedding cake. At Albemarle Baking Company, taste is what we are most passionate about, and it is why our cakes, while simple and elegant, taste so good. Give us a call, and find out why people in Charlottesville come to us first for flavor. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING CAKE

Besides cakes, what other types of desserts do you provide?
Cookies, Groom's Cake, Pastries
What additional services do you provide?
Consultations, On-site Delivery, On-site Setup, Pickup, Tastings
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Organic
Do you provide customary cakes, such as Croquembouche?
No
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes
Do you offer private tastings or open house tastings?
You can schedule a cake tasting by calling the bakery. Or, you may e-mail our pastry chef directly by going to the "weddings" section on our website.
What are your tasting hours?
Consultations are by appointment only, and scheduled Monday through Fridays during business hours. See below for Saturday appointments.
Describe how you price, such as by slice or by tier, for your cakes?
In most cases, our cakes are priced by the tier.
Does the price include the top tier of the cake?
Yes. We do not recommend you freeze the top tier. If you wish to order a freshly made one the following year, we can accommodate your request. Please inquire with us for details.
Do you offer custom cakes, or do you work with pre-designed styles?
You can select a design from our portfolio, or we can design a cake to your specifications.
What (if any) special ingredients, such as fresh fruits or farm-fresh butter, do you use in your cakes?
We only use all natural ingredients in all of our breads, pastries, and cakes. We do not use shortenings or trans-fats in any of our baking. We favor local and organic ingredients when they are available.
On average, how far in advance of the event do you prepare the cake?
Our wedding cakes are generally started the day before the wedding.
How many cakes do you schedule for a typical weekend?
Depending on the complexity of the cakes, we can accommodate up to four cake deliveries on a given day.
Will you work with the client's florist to garnish the cake?
Of course.
What (if any) cake accessories, such as a cake stand or cake cutter, do you rent out?
Cake accessories can be rented through most local catering supply companies.
Do you offer delivery? If yes, how much is your average delivery fee?
Yes. The average wedding cake delivery fee is $40.

REVIEWS

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Leeron
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience with Albemarle Baking Company, who made our wedding cake! Riki made our cake and had a meeting with us in person, where we tasted all the different flavors and designed our cake. We did a very chocolatey wedding cake so ABC also made a more vanilla-flavored sheet cake for those guests who don't like chocolate. Both cakes were absolutely delicious, very moist, and both were gone in a flash! Their pricing is very reasonable and they are extremely professional. But the best part about a cake from ABC is the praline crunch - it is to die for! We definitely recommend Albemarle Baking Company for your event!
We had a great experience with Albemarle Baking Company, who made our wedding cake! Riki made our cake and had a meeting Read more...
We had a great experience with Albemarle Baking Company, who made our wedding cake! Riki made our cake and had a meeting with us in person, where we tasted all the different flavors and designed our cake. We did a very chocolatey wedding cake so ABC also made a more vanilla-flavored sheet cake for those guests who don't like chocolate. Both cakes were absolutely delicious, very moist, and both were gone in a flash! Their pricing is very reasonable and they are extremely professional. But the best part about a cake from ABC is the praline crunch - it is to die for! We definitely recommend Albemarle Baking Company for your event! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
10/4/2014
4.8/5.0
Riki at Albermarle Baking Company was such a pleasure to work with! He met with us at the bakery in Charlottesville, went over all the options and pricing, allowed us to taste some of the most popular cake/frosting combinations, and even sent us home with a small tiered cake, with the most popular flavors of cake, filling, and frosting all included. He also made sure he understood our vision for the final product and it was absolutely gorgeous on our wedding day! We had a minor setback with the wrong cake being delivered to our wedding venue. However, with the help of our coordinator and Albermarle's prompt return, we had the correct cake in no time! We can't wait to enjoy our top tier on our first anniversary.
Riki at Albermarle Baking Company was such a pleasure to work with! He met with us at the bakery in Charlottesville, went Read more...
Riki at Albermarle Baking Company was such a pleasure to work with! He met with us at the bakery in Charlottesville, went over all the options and pricing, allowed us to taste some of the most popular cake/frosting combinations, and even sent us home with a small tiered cake, with the most popular flavors of cake, filling, and frosting all included. He also made sure he understood our vision for the final product and it was absolutely gorgeous on our wedding day! We had a minor setback with the wrong cake being delivered to our wedding venue. However, with the help of our coordinator and Albermarle's prompt return, we had the correct cake in no time! We can't wait to enjoy our top tier on our first anniversary. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
This bakery is by far the best bakery! We ordered a tiered wedding cake, and a sheet cake for extra. This bakery offers a Tasting cake (for a small fee) that includes layers of all of the available kinds of cakes and fillings. The cake was delicious. I definitely recommend this bakery, I like this better than any other bakeries in the area, and it's not as expensive as the others.
This bakery is by far the best bakery! We ordered a tiered wedding cake, and a sheet cake for extra. This bakery offers a Read more...
This bakery is by far the best bakery! We ordered a tiered wedding cake, and a sheet cake for extra. This bakery offers a Tasting cake (for a small fee) that includes layers of all of the available kinds of cakes and fillings. The cake was delicious. I definitely recommend this bakery, I like this better than any other bakeries in the area, and it's not as expensive as the others. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.5/5.0
The cake was ok but they were not very flexible when I asked to increase my order.
The cake was ok but they were not very flexible when I asked to increase my order.
The cake was ok but they were not very flexible when I asked to increase my order. Read less
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Albemarle Baking Company responded with the following comments:

We make every effort to allow for changes to the cake size because we understand that your guest count can change. The deadline for the final guest count is 10 (ten) days before the wedding, which none of our clients have found unreasonable in the past 14 years. Without knowing the wedding date, or who posted this review, it would be difficult to address this person's concerns.
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
Riki was always so responsive to my questions and ideas. We ordered a wedding cake, groom's cake, bridal luncheon cake, and birthday cake for my wedding weekend and they were all gorgeous cakes that tasted even better than the looked.
Riki was always so responsive to my questions and ideas. We ordered a wedding cake, groom's cake, bridal luncheon cake, Read more...
Riki was always so responsive to my questions and ideas. We ordered a wedding cake, groom's cake, bridal luncheon cake, and birthday cake for my wedding weekend and they were all gorgeous cakes that tasted even better than the looked. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
What can I say but melt in your mouth deliciousness !! We had a three tier cake for our wedding. We met with Ricki from Albemarle Baking Company, told him what style we liked. Prior to meeting with him I was asked what type of cake I wanted when we went to meet him he had made us our own cake to try. WOW!! Yum!!
The day of I didn't see Ricki but our cake made it and he used some flowers that our florist had left and decorated the cake . Not only was it amazing in taste but looked it as well!
What can I say but melt in your mouth deliciousness !! We had a three tier cake for our wedding. We met with Ricki from Read more...
What can I say but melt in your mouth deliciousness !! We had a three tier cake for our wedding. We met with Ricki from Albemarle Baking Company, told him what style we liked. Prior to meeting with him I was asked what type of cake I wanted when we went to meet him he had made us our own cake to try. WOW!! Yum!!
The day of I didn't see Ricki but our cake made it and he used some flowers that our florist had left and decorated the cake . Not only was it amazing in taste but looked it as well! Read less
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Rhonda
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
We met Riki on a whim as we stopped by and he was very flexible to meet with us without an appointment. Being from out of town and having a destination wedding at the Early Mountain Vineyard, it was so nice to work with a cake designer that was so responsive, full of suggestions and willing to deliver to our wedding venue. After meeting with several cake decorators, we felt Albemarle Baking Co was the right vendor for us and they did not disappoint to deliver exactly what we had anticipated. We would highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a professional, talented and tasty cake designer. Thank you Riki for all you did to make the perfect cake and planning experience for us....And the miniature desserts that we added to our sweet station were amazing too! -Lo and Rhonda
We met Riki on a whim as we stopped by and he was very flexible to meet with us without an appointment. Being from out of Read more...
We met Riki on a whim as we stopped by and he was very flexible to meet with us without an appointment. Being from out of town and having a destination wedding at the Early Mountain Vineyard, it was so nice to work with a cake designer that was so responsive, full of suggestions and willing to deliver to our wedding venue. After meeting with several cake decorators, we felt Albemarle Baking Co was the right vendor for us and they did not disappoint to deliver exactly what we had anticipated. We would highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a professional, talented and tasty cake designer. Thank you Riki for all you did to make the perfect cake and planning experience for us....And the miniature desserts that we added to our sweet station were amazing too! -Lo and Rhonda Read less
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Beckie
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I have to say that I have tasted a lot of wedding cakes and they are typically nothing to write home about. The cake from Albemarle Baking was the best cake I have ever had and I cannot even begin to count how many of our guests articulated that same praise. It was so light and delicious! Thank you so much!
I have to say that I have tasted a lot of wedding cakes and they are typically nothing to write home about. The cake from Read more...
I have to say that I have tasted a lot of wedding cakes and they are typically nothing to write home about. The cake from Albemarle Baking was the best cake I have ever had and I cannot even begin to count how many of our guests articulated that same praise. It was so light and delicious! Thank you so much! Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
By far the most AMAZING cake I have ever had. Not only was the cake absolutely beautiful, it tasted divine. I was amazed at how well he was able to construct a cake based off of our meeting. The cake was exactly what we were looking for. Absolutely recommend!!
By far the most AMAZING cake I have ever had. Not only was the cake absolutely beautiful, it tasted divine. I was amazed Read more...
By far the most AMAZING cake I have ever had. Not only was the cake absolutely beautiful, it tasted divine. I was amazed at how well he was able to construct a cake based off of our meeting. The cake was exactly what we were looking for. Absolutely recommend!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We were going to get our cake from Whole Foods. Tasty cake, pretty inexpensive. Then I thought, why not try to support a local bakery? I looked around the area and Albemarle Baking Company stood out as a good option; and I knew them from experience, having feasted on their ham and cheese croissants in the past.

We set up a consultation and tasting cake with Riki, the baker there. The cake was superb. My fiancée and I have very different tastes in cakes, but he was able to do different layers for the cake to make us both happy. At the consultation he had an iPad and was able to show us different styles of cakes, which was very helpful because neither of us had any clue about design. At the wedding itself, everyone loved the cake and it looked incredible.

Why go with Albemarle over others in the area? What I also liked was that local transportation was included for us, so we didn't have to pay extra to have the cake delivered or worry about doing it ourselves. We liked that he had a gluten free option -- a flourless chocolate torte -- that I heard was great from my gluten free guests. I liked that he was responsive and easy to communicate with -- which I found while doing the wedding planning is a rarity among many people in the wedding business. Other wedding cake vendors were either twice the price or didn't even respond to my contacting them. And I liked that the pricing was great -- comparable to Whole Foods, but the product is better -- and he offered to do a small cake for the photos and then a sheet cake for the guests to save money (which we didn't end up doing but was a nice possibility).

They did a great job and I would highly recommend them.
We were going to get our cake from Whole Foods. Tasty cake, pretty inexpensive. Then I thought, why not try to support a Read more...
We were going to get our cake from Whole Foods. Tasty cake, pretty inexpensive. Then I thought, why not try to support a local bakery? I looked around the area and Albemarle Baking Company stood out as a good option; and I knew them from experience, having feasted on their ham and cheese croissants in the past.

We set up a consultation and tasting cake with Riki, the baker there. The cake was superb. My fiancée and I have very different tastes in cakes, but he was able to do different layers for the cake to make us both happy. At the consultation he had an iPad and was able to show us different styles of cakes, which was very helpful because neither of us had any clue about design. At the wedding itself, everyone loved the cake and it looked incredible.

Why go with Albemarle over others in the area? What I also liked was that local transportation was included for us, so we didn't have to pay extra to have the cake delivered or worry about doing it ourselves. We liked that he had a gluten free option -- a flourless chocolate torte -- that I heard was great from my gluten free guests. I liked that he was responsive and easy to communicate with -- which I found while doing the wedding planning is a rarity among many people in the wedding business. Other wedding cake vendors were either twice the price or didn't even respond to my contacting them. And I liked that the pricing was great -- comparable to Whole Foods, but the product is better -- and he offered to do a small cake for the photos and then a sheet cake for the guests to save money (which we didn't end up doing but was a nice possibility).

They did a great job and I would highly recommend them. Read less
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