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Cakes by the Lake

Center Harbor , NH
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30 Fairway Heights Road
Center Harbor, NH 03226 US (map)

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603-279-1456

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Besides cakes, what other types of desserts do you provide?
Cupcakes
What additional services do you provide?
Consultations, On-site Delivery, On-site Setup, Tastings
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, Organic, Vegan
Do you provide customary cakes, such as Croquembouche?
No
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes

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Doug
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Our cake and cupcakes came out exactly how we hoped! They tasted amazing and really added the extra look we wanted for a wedding. Susan was great to work with and very attentive to our needs.
Our cake and cupcakes came out exactly how we hoped! They tasted amazing and really added the extra look we wanted for a Read more...
Our cake and cupcakes came out exactly how we hoped! They tasted amazing and really added the extra look we wanted for a wedding. Susan was great to work with and very attentive to our needs. Read less
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Katarina
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Susan did a beautiful job with our cakes! We had one cake shaped like a Webber grill with burgers that came out amazing! And the main cake looked like a suitcase that we had sent her, and she had included luggage stickers that we had sent her of the places we had been, so it looked amazing. It did not only look good, but taste delicious, the guests loved the cake. Susan was there cause we had the cakes dropped off late cause it was so hot out, and it was so great to see the cakes with their creator, she did a absolutely lovely job! I would recommend her especially if you want something a bit out of the ordinary, she is creative and talented enough to do a wonderful job with just about any confectionary creation.
Susan did a beautiful job with our cakes! We had one cake shaped like a Webber grill with burgers that came out amazing! Read more...
Susan did a beautiful job with our cakes! We had one cake shaped like a Webber grill with burgers that came out amazing! And the main cake looked like a suitcase that we had sent her, and she had included luggage stickers that we had sent her of the places we had been, so it looked amazing. It did not only look good, but taste delicious, the guests loved the cake. Susan was there cause we had the cakes dropped off late cause it was so hot out, and it was so great to see the cakes with their creator, she did a absolutely lovely job! I would recommend her especially if you want something a bit out of the ordinary, she is creative and talented enough to do a wonderful job with just about any confectionary creation. Read less
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Trisha
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Susan of Cakes by the Lake is a very professional perfectionist cake designer/baker.  Her cakes are delicious and she has so many options to choose from! The cake testing day came and she had baked us a personal cake to bring home and share with family!  She took my wedding theme and colors  and soared with some awesome design ideas.  She had asked me if there were any dragonfly’s (my theme) in particular that I wanted as a topper and if I could send a photo to her.  I had a hard time deciding and I had told her to not worry about it and do a monogram A (which she handmade). The day of the wedding came and there was my cake with beautiful scroll work design and what looked like whimsical dragonfly’s flying around the cake!  She had made those as well! Truly amazing work, I would highly recommend her.
Susan of Cakes by the Lake is a very professional perfectionist cake designer/baker. Her cakes are delicious and she has Read more...
Susan of Cakes by the Lake is a very professional perfectionist cake designer/baker.  Her cakes are delicious and she has so many options to choose from! The cake testing day came and she had baked us a personal cake to bring home and share with family!  She took my wedding theme and colors  and soared with some awesome design ideas.  She had asked me if there were any dragonfly’s (my theme) in particular that I wanted as a topper and if I could send a photo to her.  I had a hard time deciding and I had told her to not worry about it and do a monogram A (which she handmade). The day of the wedding came and there was my cake with beautiful scroll work design and what looked like whimsical dragonfly’s flying around the cake!  She had made those as well! Truly amazing work, I would highly recommend her. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/7/2011
5.0/5.0
After all the vendors I had dealt with, it was such a breathe of fresh air to deal with Susan from Cakes by the Lake. From the start she wanted to make the process easy for us. She said it very plain and simple, "the cake should taste great and be your last worry." That is EXACTLY what she did for us. We knew from the get go we wanted to have cupcakes rather than a large cake but I was a little nervous not to have a "cake cutting". Susan was so great and not only did we choose 3 different flavors of cupcakes so our guests had lots of choices, but she created a small cake on top for us to have that cake cutting. She was great at communicating her questions with me and made sure we were on the same page. We had a great tasting where she gave us more cake than we could even handle to make sure we were happy with our choices. After sending her a copy of our invitation she took it from there. Cake is what she does best and I wanted to let her be creative. As the day got closer she followed up with me and we worked out the details of the venue. She was reassuring that the cupcakes were not to be a worry and they would be there waiting for us that day. When I walked into the room that night I had tears in my eyes are how beautiful our cupcake display was. They were set up on a birch tower with gorgeous sugar leaves. The colors were amazing and she took such great detail in even creating 3 different sugar toppers for each of the flavors so that they could be distinguished by the guests. This was something I hadn't even thought of doing myself! In addition each cupcake had a gorgeous wrapper that matched our invitation paper exactly. It was such a perfect touch to tie in our whole theme. To top it all off it was the most delicious carrot cake I have ever tasted. We had plastic cupcake containers for guests to take a cupcake home with them, as most people know the cake is never eaten at weddings. We got so many compliments from our guests not only how beautiful the display was, but how yummy those cupcakes were for breakfast the next morning! My mouth waters as I type and I only wish I had a piece right now. Susan was truly a pleasure to work with and it was so wonderful to have one less thing to worry about while I planned our big day. While I realize this review is very long, I just feel that people like Susan need to be recognized for making the life of a bride a little less stressful and the wedding day of any couple, that much more perfect!
After all the vendors I had dealt with, it was such a breathe of fresh air to deal with Susan from Cakes by the Lake. From Read more...
After all the vendors I had dealt with, it was such a breathe of fresh air to deal with Susan from Cakes by the Lake. From the start she wanted to make the process easy for us. She said it very plain and simple, "the cake should taste great and be your last worry." That is EXACTLY what she did for us. We knew from the get go we wanted to have cupcakes rather than a large cake but I was a little nervous not to have a "cake cutting". Susan was so great and not only did we choose 3 different flavors of cupcakes so our guests had lots of choices, but she created a small cake on top for us to have that cake cutting. She was great at communicating her questions with me and made sure we were on the same page. We had a great tasting where she gave us more cake than we could even handle to make sure we were happy with our choices. After sending her a copy of our invitation she took it from there. Cake is what she does best and I wanted to let her be creative. As the day got closer she followed up with me and we worked out the details of the venue. She was reassuring that the cupcakes were not to be a worry and they would be there waiting for us that day. When I walked into the room that night I had tears in my eyes are how beautiful our cupcake display was. They were set up on a birch tower with gorgeous sugar leaves. The colors were amazing and she took such great detail in even creating 3 different sugar toppers for each of the flavors so that they could be distinguished by the guests. This was something I hadn't even thought of doing myself! In addition each cupcake had a gorgeous wrapper that matched our invitation paper exactly. It was such a perfect touch to tie in our whole theme. To top it all off it was the most delicious carrot cake I have ever tasted. We had plastic cupcake containers for guests to take a cupcake home with them, as most people know the cake is never eaten at weddings. We got so many compliments from our guests not only how beautiful the display was, but how yummy those cupcakes were for breakfast the next morning! My mouth waters as I type and I only wish I had a piece right now. Susan was truly a pleasure to work with and it was so wonderful to have one less thing to worry about while I planned our big day. While I realize this review is very long, I just feel that people like Susan need to be recognized for making the life of a bride a little less stressful and the wedding day of any couple, that much more perfect! Read less
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sally
Wedding:
9/11/2010
2.0/5.0
This is the most unprofessional vendor I had done business with during my wedding planning. Susan provided a no-obligation consultation, which included a free 6" cake and happily took our deposit and design requests. From that point on, she was a nightmare to deal with. She did not return calls/e-mails or even send us a formal contract. It wasn't until I contacted her a few days prior to our wedding that she informed me that my final payment was overdue and she was not planning to deliver our cake. In fact, when all was said and done, she did not even deliver our cake personally. Her husband delivered our cupcake cake - 100 cupcakes - undecorated - and left. Thank goodness for the staff at our venue as they truly saved the day and made the final touches on the cake look beautiful. To Susan's defense, the guests enjoyed the cupcakes. I would never recommend this vendor to another bride. There are too many other businesses who would appreciate your business, act professionally and want to make your day as stress-free as possible. I hope our venue takes Cakes by the Lake off their "recommended vendors" list, as this was why I hired Susan to begin with.
This is the most unprofessional vendor I had done business with during my wedding planning. Susan provided a no-obligation Read more...
This is the most unprofessional vendor I had done business with during my wedding planning. Susan provided a no-obligation consultation, which included a free 6" cake and happily took our deposit and design requests. From that point on, she was a nightmare to deal with. She did not return calls/e-mails or even send us a formal contract. It wasn't until I contacted her a few days prior to our wedding that she informed me that my final payment was overdue and she was not planning to deliver our cake. In fact, when all was said and done, she did not even deliver our cake personally. Her husband delivered our cupcake cake - 100 cupcakes - undecorated - and left. Thank goodness for the staff at our venue as they truly saved the day and made the final touches on the cake look beautiful. To Susan's defense, the guests enjoyed the cupcakes. I would never recommend this vendor to another bride. There are too many other businesses who would appreciate your business, act professionally and want to make your day as stress-free as possible. I hope our venue takes Cakes by the Lake off their "recommended vendors" list, as this was why I hired Susan to begin with. Read less
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Cakes by the Lake responded with the following comments:

All vendors do their contracts diffeerently. It is not possible that a deposit was taken without a contract provided within 48 hours. In my contracts it specifically states that the cake will not be delivered unless the final payment is made in full 2 weeks prior to the wedding date. This is also explained at the consult.
My husband is my primary delivery person and has been since I opened.
To economize, the cupcakes were to have no design/toppers as the bride did not think this was necessary. This is rarely a good idea as they will look "Understated" on the special day. All my cupcakes are overly large, come with a filling, wrappers and a topper of some sort.
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Richard
Wedding:
8/28/2010
3.3/5.0
The cake looked absolutely beautiful though the day of the wedding i never heard from Susan saying that it was delivered so i didnt even know it was at the reception til i got there.I wouldnt say this vendor is professional at all and the cake tasted like something i would make in my own kitchen.
The cake looked absolutely beautiful though the day of the wedding i never heard from Susan saying that it was delivered Read more...
The cake looked absolutely beautiful though the day of the wedding i never heard from Susan saying that it was delivered so i didnt even know it was at the reception til i got there.I wouldnt say this vendor is professional at all and the cake tasted like something i would make in my own kitchen. Read less
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Cakes by the Lake responded with the following comments:

It has never been my practice to interact with the bride on her special day. The cake is delivered hours before the ceremony and the last thing the bride should be concerned about is the cake.
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Kelley
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Susan at Cakes by the Lake was another one of my favorite vendors. We had wedding cupcakes, and from the beginning, we really felt she was excited about our wedding. We met her a year before the wedding, and we had a great consultation. She gave us several cupcakes to try, as well as a whole 8" cake to take home and share with our families. It all tasted AMAZING!! Some of the freshest cake we've ever had. The frosting was great, not too sugary.

She has a great cupcake stand that she will customize to your wedding colors. We provided her with ribbon in our colors and she made sure it was perfect. We were more than impressed by how amazing it looked. She designed the cupcakes exactly to our requests, and offered great suggestions along the way. Everyone commented on how amazing they tasted, and looked.

She was really friendly, easy to communicate with, reasonably priced and has a great artistic eye.

We highly recommend this vendor.
Susan at Cakes by the Lake was another one of my favorite vendors. We had wedding cupcakes, and from the beginning, we Read more...
Susan at Cakes by the Lake was another one of my favorite vendors. We had wedding cupcakes, and from the beginning, we really felt she was excited about our wedding. We met her a year before the wedding, and we had a great consultation. She gave us several cupcakes to try, as well as a whole 8" cake to take home and share with our families. It all tasted AMAZING!! Some of the freshest cake we've ever had. The frosting was great, not too sugary.

She has a great cupcake stand that she will customize to your wedding colors. We provided her with ribbon in our colors and she made sure it was perfect. We were more than impressed by how amazing it looked. She designed the cupcakes exactly to our requests, and offered great suggestions along the way. Everyone commented on how amazing they tasted, and looked.

She was really friendly, easy to communicate with, reasonably priced and has a great artistic eye.

We highly recommend this vendor. Read less
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Meagan
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Our cake was custom made and she was very helpful with all the decisions going into the overall design. She was incredible flexible with pick up times and even gave us a free 6" cake at our initial visit for us to take home and share with our family. Highly recommended!
Our cake was custom made and she was very helpful with all the decisions going into the overall design. She was incredible Read more...
Our cake was custom made and she was very helpful with all the decisions going into the overall design. She was incredible flexible with pick up times and even gave us a free 6" cake at our initial visit for us to take home and share with our family. Highly recommended! Read less
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Suzanne
Wedding:
8/4/2007
2.1/5.0
Our one disappointment of the entire day. Leading up to the big day, we had difficulties getting in contact with her. She seemed flakey, but she sold us on her speech about making the cake edible first and then good looking. We didn't want to get a cake that didn't taste good! Her price also seemed pretty decent and more in our budget than some of the other options out there. So we went with her. The tasting was yummy. We picked out a design from her books because of the circle pattern on the frosting. We went a couple months without talking with her. As we got closer to the big day, I dropped her an email to set up giving her our cake topper and the paint sample to match some of the frosting to. She said that the day we were going to be out there was fine and to just give her a call. So we called her and her husband said that she just ran out but would be back by 1. We waited until 2 and she still wasn't there. But I left it with her husband who assured me that she could contact me if she had to go over anything.

I never heard from her. As in, haven't heard from her since. Our cake did, eventually, make an appearance at our reception, but it wasn't until we were already eating lunch. Our reception coordinator had to call her to find out where it was. The design was obviously rushed. The circles that originally drew us to the design had morphed in to long ovals. The cake tasted ok, but I still think it wasn't as good as the tasting. I know we had tons of cake left over, not including the entire top. We took the top of it with us on our honeymoon and didn't manage to finish it all.

The whole ordeal wouldn't have bugged me that much, but everything else about our day was perfect. And we never heard from Cakes by the Lake again (no apology, explanation, etc.). I'd recommend checking out other (better organized) vendors before booking this one. She was on the recommended vendors list for our reception, which is why we booked her to the first place. Hopefully they have taken her off it.
Our one disappointment of the entire day. Leading up to the big day, we had difficulties getting in contact with her. She Read more...
Our one disappointment of the entire day. Leading up to the big day, we had difficulties getting in contact with her. She seemed flakey, but she sold us on her speech about making the cake edible first and then good looking. We didn't want to get a cake that didn't taste good! Her price also seemed pretty decent and more in our budget than some of the other options out there. So we went with her. The tasting was yummy. We picked out a design from her books because of the circle pattern on the frosting. We went a couple months without talking with her. As we got closer to the big day, I dropped her an email to set up giving her our cake topper and the paint sample to match some of the frosting to. She said that the day we were going to be out there was fine and to just give her a call. So we called her and her husband said that she just ran out but would be back by 1. We waited until 2 and she still wasn't there. But I left it with her husband who assured me that she could contact me if she had to go over anything.

I never heard from her. As in, haven't heard from her since. Our cake did, eventually, make an appearance at our reception, but it wasn't until we were already eating lunch. Our reception coordinator had to call her to find out where it was. The design was obviously rushed. The circles that originally drew us to the design had morphed in to long ovals. The cake tasted ok, but I still think it wasn't as good as the tasting. I know we had tons of cake left over, not including the entire top. We took the top of it with us on our honeymoon and didn't manage to finish it all.

The whole ordeal wouldn't have bugged me that much, but everything else about our day was perfect. And we never heard from Cakes by the Lake again (no apology, explanation, etc.). I'd recommend checking out other (better organized) vendors before booking this one. She was on the recommended vendors list for our reception, which is why we booked her to the first place. Hopefully they have taken her off it. Read less
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Cakes by the Lake responded with the following comments:

There are times when I have to be at more than one place at a given time and this was one of those days. My brides know that at any time they can drop off things at my shop- whether I am there or not.
The cake was delivered on time but was mixed up with the cake at the function room next door. Unfortunately I have little to do with the cake once it is delivered.
Until reading this, I was not aware that there were any issues with the cake. I have a wonderful, professional relationship with The Common Man Inn and they would have contacted me directly if this had been an issue.
Of course I take all concerns very seriously as this is my personal business and I want every bride to have the memorable day they have been dreaming about.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Cakes By The Lake did a fantastic job for our wedding.
Flavor comes first, and let me tell you...this is what you're looking for! All of her flavors taste amazing. One of the funnest experiences was actually the cake tasting where we were able to try all different types of flavors!
The designs she has done before, and the creativity she has for creating your perfect design is impeccable! You will be sure to find something you like.
The cake she made for our wedding was complimented time and time again throughout the night! Wonderful and SO easy to work with. Thanks for the beautiful cake.
Cakes By The Lake did a fantastic job for our wedding.
Flavor comes first, and let me tell you...this is what you're Read more...
Cakes By The Lake did a fantastic job for our wedding.
Flavor comes first, and let me tell you...this is what you're looking for! All of her flavors taste amazing. One of the funnest experiences was actually the cake tasting where we were able to try all different types of flavors!
The designs she has done before, and the creativity she has for creating your perfect design is impeccable! You will be sure to find something you like.
The cake she made for our wedding was complimented time and time again throughout the night! Wonderful and SO easy to work with. Thanks for the beautiful cake. Read less
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