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Albemarle Baking Company

Charlottesville , VA
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LOCATION

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

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434-293-6456

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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

What types of desserts do you provide?
Cakes, Cookies, Dessert Buffet, Groom's Cake, Pastries
What services do you provide?
Consultations, Custom Cake Design, Delivery, Setup, Tastings - Private
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Nut Free
What special ingredients do you use?
Fresh Fruit, Local, Organic
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Riki at Albemarle Baking Company did a fantastic job on our wedding cake! The cake was delicious, beautiful, and exactly what we wanted (it was also extremely affordable compared to other bakeries in the area we also considered before picking Albemarle Baking Co.)! Riki worked with me to design a multi-tiered cake with different icing patterns on each level – the buttercream roses on the sides of some of the tiers really took my breath away – Riki is so talented! We had a lemon pound cake with vanilla buttercream icing and Bavarian cream filling – absolutely delicious. It seemed to be a hit with all of our guests and my only wedding regret was that I didn’t eat an extra slice of our wedding cake before the wedding was over! The good news is that Riki makes you a small recreation of your wedding cake for your one year anniversary (so you don’t have to freeze your top tier), so at least I’ll get to eat more of it in a year!
Riki at Albemarle Baking Company did a fantastic job on our wedding cake! The cake was delicious, beautiful, and exactly Read more...
Riki at Albemarle Baking Company did a fantastic job on our wedding cake! The cake was delicious, beautiful, and exactly what we wanted (it was also extremely affordable compared to other bakeries in the area we also considered before picking Albemarle Baking Co.)! Riki worked with me to design a multi-tiered cake with different icing patterns on each level – the buttercream roses on the sides of some of the tiers really took my breath away – Riki is so talented! We had a lemon pound cake with vanilla buttercream icing and Bavarian cream filling – absolutely delicious. It seemed to be a hit with all of our guests and my only wedding regret was that I didn’t eat an extra slice of our wedding cake before the wedding was over! The good news is that Riki makes you a small recreation of your wedding cake for your one year anniversary (so you don’t have to freeze your top tier), so at least I’ll get to eat more of it in a year! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/19/2015
4.5/5.0
Not only was our wedding cake beautiful, it was absolutely delicious!! I can't count how many mediocre wedding cakes I've tasted but Riki and his team know what they are doing - the Princess cake is to die for. We got so many compliments on the cake - everyone loved it!
NOTE: DOUBLE CHECK THE SERVINGS THEY TELL YOU FOR CAKE SIZES -they really underestimate the number of people the cakes will serve and not everyone will eat cake. We did our original estimate based on 120 people and our cake was three tier - 6", 10", 14." We were told that would only serve 90 people (including the top layer because we hadn't planned on saving it) and that we would need an additional sheet cake to serve another 25 people. After doing a little research we did not get the sheet cake because we also had some other deserts (macarons which Albemarle also made that were delicious!, and some other cookies and bars). Our final count was 125 people and we ended up with lots of leftover cake: the entire 6" tier of the cake plus about 5 takeout boxes full.

We live out of town so we emailed a week before to have a tasting cake made and picked that up on a Saturday along with a slice of the princess cake which they have daily. I emailed back and forth with Riki to get pricing quotes and was a little disappointed he preferred email because some of the information I feel would have been better conveyed on the phone. I sent him pictures of what I liked and he essentially replicated the design of another cake with our colors which was beautiful! There did seem to be some communication issues but that may have been partially my fault; I sent a picture of my dress thinking that he might prefer to be artistic with the design and use my dress as inspiration like I know some pastry chefs like to do.

Overall, we couldn't be happier with how it turned out! Seriously, I still dream about the cake. :)
Not only was our wedding cake beautiful, it was absolutely delicious!! I can't count how many mediocre wedding cakes I've Read more...
Not only was our wedding cake beautiful, it was absolutely delicious!! I can't count how many mediocre wedding cakes I've tasted but Riki and his team know what they are doing - the Princess cake is to die for. We got so many compliments on the cake - everyone loved it!
NOTE: DOUBLE CHECK THE SERVINGS THEY TELL YOU FOR CAKE SIZES -they really underestimate the number of people the cakes will serve and not everyone will eat cake. We did our original estimate based on 120 people and our cake was three tier - 6", 10", 14." We were told that would only serve 90 people (including the top layer because we hadn't planned on saving it) and that we would need an additional sheet cake to serve another 25 people. After doing a little research we did not get the sheet cake because we also had some other deserts (macarons which Albemarle also made that were delicious!, and some other cookies and bars). Our final count was 125 people and we ended up with lots of leftover cake: the entire 6" tier of the cake plus about 5 takeout boxes full.

We live out of town so we emailed a week before to have a tasting cake made and picked that up on a Saturday along with a slice of the princess cake which they have daily. I emailed back and forth with Riki to get pricing quotes and was a little disappointed he preferred email because some of the information I feel would have been better conveyed on the phone. I sent him pictures of what I liked and he essentially replicated the design of another cake with our colors which was beautiful! There did seem to be some communication issues but that may have been partially my fault; I sent a picture of my dress thinking that he might prefer to be artistic with the design and use my dress as inspiration like I know some pastry chefs like to do.

Overall, we couldn't be happier with how it turned out! Seriously, I still dream about the cake. :) Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Our cake was to-die-for delicious, and absolutely gorgeous. Many thanks to Rikki for making our wedding cake dreams come true!
Our cake was to-die-for delicious, and absolutely gorgeous. Many thanks to Rikki for making our wedding cake dreams come Read more...
Our cake was to-die-for delicious, and absolutely gorgeous. Many thanks to Rikki for making our wedding cake dreams come true! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The wedding cake was DELICIOUS. And it looked exactly how I wanted it to look. Riki is very responsive and professional. I would recommend this bakery to everyone.
The wedding cake was DELICIOUS. And it looked exactly how I wanted it to look. Riki is very responsive and professional. I Read more...
The wedding cake was DELICIOUS. And it looked exactly how I wanted it to look. Riki is very responsive and professional. I would recommend this bakery to everyone. Read less
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Lucy
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
Riki Tanabe created the wedding cake of our dreams this past June. Many, many thanks to him for his amazing artistry and imagination in creating an extraordinary dessert finale to a beautiful evening.
Riki Tanabe created the wedding cake of our dreams this past June. Many, many thanks to him for his amazing artistry and Read more...
Riki Tanabe created the wedding cake of our dreams this past June. Many, many thanks to him for his amazing artistry and imagination in creating an extraordinary dessert finale to a beautiful evening. Read less
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olivia
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
We used this baking company for our wedding cake and it was amazing!! We did part vanilla with butter cream and part chocolate with a ganache-praline between the layers, and oh my goodness. Everyone gobbled up the cake all night! We asked for a textured pattern on the cake and added some cake flowers and it was beautiful. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful cake. Working with them was really easy and trying the taster cake to pick out our flavors was really fun and a great value! The $25 you spend on the cake (large round) is put towards the final cost. Free cake for days and great service, highly recommended!
We used this baking company for our wedding cake and it was amazing!! We did part vanilla with butter cream and part Read more...
We used this baking company for our wedding cake and it was amazing!! We did part vanilla with butter cream and part chocolate with a ganache-praline between the layers, and oh my goodness. Everyone gobbled up the cake all night! We asked for a textured pattern on the cake and added some cake flowers and it was beautiful. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful cake. Working with them was really easy and trying the taster cake to pick out our flavors was really fun and a great value! The $25 you spend on the cake (large round) is put towards the final cost. Free cake for days and great service, highly recommended! Read less
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shaun
Wedding:
5/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Albermarle Baking Company provided our wedding cake. We got married on May 1st 2015 at Pippin Hill Winery. The initially tasting was delish, they offer a Princess cake that we didn't change a thing about. It is a traditional Swedish dessert features vanilla sponge cake layered with bavarian cream and covered with a thin sheet of marzipan. They even offer to give you a top tier every anniversary, and we were planning on flying back to Charlottesville, VA anyway next year but definitely stopping by the bakery. I sampled a few other cakes while I was there and they were all good. The Princess cake was just perfect for a wedding cake. Definitely would recommend this bakery.

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Albermarle Baking Company provided our wedding cake. We got married on May 1st 2015 at Pippin Hill Winery. The initially Read more...
Albermarle Baking Company provided our wedding cake. We got married on May 1st 2015 at Pippin Hill Winery. The initially tasting was delish, they offer a Princess cake that we didn't change a thing about. It is a traditional Swedish dessert features vanilla sponge cake layered with bavarian cream and covered with a thin sheet of marzipan. They even offer to give you a top tier every anniversary, and we were planning on flying back to Charlottesville, VA anyway next year but definitely stopping by the bakery. I sampled a few other cakes while I was there and they were all good. The Princess cake was just perfect for a wedding cake. Definitely would recommend this bakery.

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Albemarle Baking Company responded with the following comments:

At Albemarle Baking Company, we encourage you to enjoy your cake within a few days of receiving it. We do not freeze our cakes, and do not recommend doing so. For a nominal fee, we will gladly make a fresh anniversary cake for you to help you celebrate your one year anniversary.
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Abbey Hunt
Wedding:
1/4/2015
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Albemarle Baking Co! Riki created a gorgeous, elegant cake for us. He is a great listener and was able to give us the cake of our dreams on our budget. It was also delicious. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding cake they had ever tasted!
I highly recommend Albemarle Baking Co! Riki created a gorgeous, elegant cake for us. He is a great listener and was able Read more...
I highly recommend Albemarle Baking Co! Riki created a gorgeous, elegant cake for us. He is a great listener and was able to give us the cake of our dreams on our budget. It was also delicious. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding cake they had ever tasted! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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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