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Gateau

Warrenton , VA
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LOCATION

Warrenton, VA US 20187 (map)

PHONE

540-208-3924

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ABOUT US

Your wedding cake is one of the focal points of your reception. Each cake I make is skillfully made from scratch and is as delicious as it is dazzling. I work with you to create your... Read more
Your wedding cake is one of the focal points of your reception. Each cake I make is skillfully made from scratch and is as delicious as it is dazzling. I work with you to create your unique cake that distinctly reflects you, the theme and style of your wedding, and tells your story.

I have been baking creatively for 10 years. It began with a cake decorating book my mom gave me, when I was planning my daughter's first birthday. The cake was a success. I was working in a very technical field, but now I had designed and constructed an edible structure. A new skill and passion were born. Over time, I gravitated towards a new profession, an Architecture of the Senses. After years of baking cakes for family and friends, and with experience in both architecture and engineering, I believed I had a solid background for a custom cake business. I launched Gateau in 2008, but I felt there was one thing missing - a background in pastry. I researched that field and enrolled in the Pastry School at the Le Cordon Bleu College in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was taught by some of the top pastry chefs in the business, and my baking skills and knowledge expanded exponentially. My technical and art background are invaluable to my work, as is my strong understanding of the science of baking.

All of my cakes, fillings and frostings are made from scratch. No hydrogenated fats, I use organic ingredients where available, unbleached and unbromated flour and aluminum free leaveners. You can taste the difference.

Give me a call to schedule a tasting, and we can begin designing a memorable cake for your wedding.

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INFO FOR WEDDING CAKE

Besides cakes, what other types of desserts do you provide?
Dessert Buffet, Groom's Cake, Pastries
What additional services do you provide?
Consultations, On-site Delivery, On-site Setup, Tastings
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Organic, Vegan
Do you provide customary cakes, such as Croquembouche?
Yes
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes
Do you offer private tastings or open house tastings?
Yes
What are your tasting hours?
By appointment only
Describe how you price, such as by slice or by tier, for your cakes?
Individually priced based on design, fondant or buttercream, as well as number of servings required
Do you offer custom cakes, or do you work with pre-designed styles?
Custom Cakes
What (if any) special ingredients, such as fresh fruits or farm-fresh butter, do you use in your cakes?
organic, non-aluminum leaveners, unbleached and unbromated flour, no shortening
How many cakes do you schedule for a typical weekend?
2 - 6
Will you work with the client's florist to garnish the cake?
yes
What (if any) cake accessories, such as a cake stand or cake cutter, do you rent out?
Cake stands
Do you offer delivery? If yes, how much is your average delivery fee?
$1 per mile

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L E
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Lora was phenomenal - a complete pleasure. Collaborative, engaged, creative and hands down delivered some of the best tasting cakes we've tasted in the NoVA area (bride and groom tasted over 42 cakes from 6 different vendors). She and the groom created a whimsical topsy-turvy caramel apple groom's cake with all types of yummy marzipan 'accessories' that was a piece of art in itself, festive and fun in appearance and delicious. Second and third helpings were enjoyed.

The simplicity and elegance of the reception cake was a terrific canvas for the accompanying cascading bridal bouquet and another artful piece as beautiful to look at and more delicious given it was layers of raspberry with lemon butter cream and also pistachio with vanilla butter cream. Just delicious!

Thank you Lora for a wonderful experience!
Working with Lora was phenomenal - a complete pleasure. Collaborative, engaged, creative and hands down delivered some of Read more...
Working with Lora was phenomenal - a complete pleasure. Collaborative, engaged, creative and hands down delivered some of the best tasting cakes we've tasted in the NoVA area (bride and groom tasted over 42 cakes from 6 different vendors). She and the groom created a whimsical topsy-turvy caramel apple groom's cake with all types of yummy marzipan 'accessories' that was a piece of art in itself, festive and fun in appearance and delicious. Second and third helpings were enjoyed.

The simplicity and elegance of the reception cake was a terrific canvas for the accompanying cascading bridal bouquet and another artful piece as beautiful to look at and more delicious given it was layers of raspberry with lemon butter cream and also pistachio with vanilla butter cream. Just delicious!

Thank you Lora for a wonderful experience! Read less
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Gateau responded with the following comments:

It was an absolute pleasure to work with you Lisa, and I'm thrilled you loved your cakes!
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Kathleen
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Lora at Gateau was such a great find for our wedding! She walked us through all the cake combinations, showed us different designs, and helped us pick out the best cake for us. We ended up ordering two cakes- both were delicious and everyone raved about them! The first was a groom's king cake which was a huge hit. Our wedding cake itself was beyond delicious- we had no leftovers! Lora even made fondant dogs made to look like ours for the top of the cake. I highly recommend Lora and Gateau for any cake that you need made!
Lora at Gateau was such a great find for our wedding! She walked us through all the cake combinations, showed us different Read more...
Lora at Gateau was such a great find for our wedding! She walked us through all the cake combinations, showed us different designs, and helped us pick out the best cake for us. We ended up ordering two cakes- both were delicious and everyone raved about them! The first was a groom's king cake which was a huge hit. Our wedding cake itself was beyond delicious- we had no leftovers! Lora even made fondant dogs made to look like ours for the top of the cake. I highly recommend Lora and Gateau for any cake that you need made! Read less
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Gateau responded with the following comments:

It was my pleasure Katie and it was fun to work with you!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If you are a fan of sweets and you are one that loves a moist cake. You want to work with Gateau Cakes. They make the most awesome, mouth watering cakes.

I met with Lora the owner and went over my ideas for our cake. She nailed what I was looking for and she went the extra mile to make it super special. We wanted blue camo as part of the Grooms cake and she wasn't able to find a stencil or sugar sheet of it, so she created the blue camo by hand. It was the best thing ever, my husband was throughly surprised.

Thank you Lora.
If you are a fan of sweets and you are one that loves a moist cake. You want to work with Gateau Cakes. They make the most Read more...
If you are a fan of sweets and you are one that loves a moist cake. You want to work with Gateau Cakes. They make the most awesome, mouth watering cakes.

I met with Lora the owner and went over my ideas for our cake. She nailed what I was looking for and she went the extra mile to make it super special. We wanted blue camo as part of the Grooms cake and she wasn't able to find a stencil or sugar sheet of it, so she created the blue camo by hand. It was the best thing ever, my husband was throughly surprised.

Thank you Lora. Read less
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Noelle
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Lora was wonderful to work with and we had so much fun designing our wedding cakes with her. Her skill is amazing and she had such creative ideas throughout the design process. We wanted something different for our wedding and went with two same-size cakes, one for each of us to show our personalities. Lora helped us bring our ideas to life and really have fun with our wedding cakes and create something none of our guests had seen before. My husband and I are huge baseball fans and wanted an Atlanta Braves cake and a Washington Nationals cake. Lora's versatility and skill made it happen and our cakes came out better than we had imagined. All of our guests kept commenting about how great the cakes looked and tasted and our wedding officiant even took a picture of them! When it came down to it, the taste was the most important thing for us, and with the tremendous variety of flavors that Lora has to offer you can really make a great tasting cake for any palate, be it traditional or quirky. One of our cakes was pumpkin cake with champagne cream cheese filling, something we had never heard of before, and it was the most delicious cake we have ever tasted! We highly recommend Lora and Gateau for any special occasion, and we hope we have something to go back to her for soon!
Lora was wonderful to work with and we had so much fun designing our wedding cakes with her. Her skill is amazing and she Read more...
Lora was wonderful to work with and we had so much fun designing our wedding cakes with her. Her skill is amazing and she had such creative ideas throughout the design process. We wanted something different for our wedding and went with two same-size cakes, one for each of us to show our personalities. Lora helped us bring our ideas to life and really have fun with our wedding cakes and create something none of our guests had seen before. My husband and I are huge baseball fans and wanted an Atlanta Braves cake and a Washington Nationals cake. Lora's versatility and skill made it happen and our cakes came out better than we had imagined. All of our guests kept commenting about how great the cakes looked and tasted and our wedding officiant even took a picture of them! When it came down to it, the taste was the most important thing for us, and with the tremendous variety of flavors that Lora has to offer you can really make a great tasting cake for any palate, be it traditional or quirky. One of our cakes was pumpkin cake with champagne cream cheese filling, something we had never heard of before, and it was the most delicious cake we have ever tasted! We highly recommend Lora and Gateau for any special occasion, and we hope we have something to go back to her for soon! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Lora of Gateau Cakes was so amazing to work with! Our wedding cake was not only gorgeous but also delicious. We loved how helpful Lora was during our planning process and appreciated all of the options she provided for our wedding cake! She even worked with me two weeks before the wedding to change the design of the cake to accommodate our change is guest count! Many of our guests told us how much they loved the cake and some even said it was the best wedding cake they ever had! Thanks, Lora, for helping to make our wedding day perfect!
Lora of Gateau Cakes was so amazing to work with! Our wedding cake was not only gorgeous but also delicious. We loved how Read more...
Lora of Gateau Cakes was so amazing to work with! Our wedding cake was not only gorgeous but also delicious. We loved how helpful Lora was during our planning process and appreciated all of the options she provided for our wedding cake! She even worked with me two weeks before the wedding to change the design of the cake to accommodate our change is guest count! Many of our guests told us how much they loved the cake and some even said it was the best wedding cake they ever had! Thanks, Lora, for helping to make our wedding day perfect! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
My cake was not only GORGEOUS but also DELICIOUS! We were so very pleased with our cake when we saw it at the reception venue. Elegant and wonderful!
My cake was not only GORGEOUS but also DELICIOUS! We were so very pleased with our cake when we saw it at the reception Read more...
My cake was not only GORGEOUS but also DELICIOUS! We were so very pleased with our cake when we saw it at the reception venue. Elegant and wonderful! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Lora with Gateau Cakes is AMAZING! She made my wedding cake just the way I envisioned it and Justin's grooms cake (hunting and camo themed) was FABULOUS and he loved it! Gateau makes the most delicious cakes, we had so many guests tell us how amazing they tasted! Not only were the cakes beautiful and delicious but Lora was incredible to work with as she was do attentive to detail and so friendly through the process.

I highly recommend her for your wedding! You won't be disappointed! :)
Lora with Gateau Cakes is AMAZING! She made my wedding cake just the way I envisioned it and Justin's grooms cake (hunting Read more...
Lora with Gateau Cakes is AMAZING! She made my wedding cake just the way I envisioned it and Justin's grooms cake (hunting and camo themed) was FABULOUS and he loved it! Gateau makes the most delicious cakes, we had so many guests tell us how amazing they tasted! Not only were the cakes beautiful and delicious but Lora was incredible to work with as she was do attentive to detail and so friendly through the process.

I highly recommend her for your wedding! You won't be disappointed! :) Read less
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Bisola
Wedding:
1/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Lora of Gâteau!!! She makes the most amazing cakes - a lady my husband and I have to refer to as the Heston Blumenthal of cakes. Her cakes are out of this world and reasonably priced too. You can never go wrong with Gâteau.
Lora of Gâteau!!! She makes the most amazing cakes - a lady my husband and I have to refer to as the Heston Blumenthal of Read more...
Lora of Gâteau!!! She makes the most amazing cakes - a lady my husband and I have to refer to as the Heston Blumenthal of cakes. Her cakes are out of this world and reasonably priced too. You can never go wrong with Gâteau. Read less
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Gateau responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much Abisola - it was my pleasure and honor.
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Helen
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Our cake was a unique in that is what a "reveal" cake. Lori worked with us on the design and flavors to complete our dinner and our Irish theme. We had gone to other tastings and were blown away by how good our cake was going to be. We had the hotel deliver two pieces to our room because we knew we would not have a chance to enjoy our cake during our reception. All our guests raved about how good the cake tasted and only complained that their pieces were too small - the hotel servers did cut small pieces. We have no reservations at all when we recommend that you do a tasting with Lori for your next event.
Our cake was a unique in that is what a "reveal" cake. Lori worked with us on the design and flavors to complete our Read more...
Our cake was a unique in that is what a "reveal" cake. Lori worked with us on the design and flavors to complete our dinner and our Irish theme. We had gone to other tastings and were blown away by how good our cake was going to be. We had the hotel deliver two pieces to our room because we knew we would not have a chance to enjoy our cake during our reception. All our guests raved about how good the cake tasted and only complained that their pieces were too small - the hotel servers did cut small pieces. We have no reservations at all when we recommend that you do a tasting with Lori for your next event. Read less
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Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The cakes for our rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception were amazing! The cakes were decorated exactly how we imagined them. Aside from being decorated perfectly the cakes tasted so good! People couldn't stop commenting on how good they were. Needless to say people went back for seconds, and thirds. There was no cake left at either reception! My husband and I were so impressed and would recommend Gateau to everyone! We would love to use Gateau again in the future.
The cakes for our rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception were amazing! The cakes were decorated exactly how we Read more...
The cakes for our rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception were amazing! The cakes were decorated exactly how we imagined them. Aside from being decorated perfectly the cakes tasted so good! People couldn't stop commenting on how good they were. Needless to say people went back for seconds, and thirds. There was no cake left at either reception! My husband and I were so impressed and would recommend Gateau to everyone! We would love to use Gateau again in the future. Read less
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Pat
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
great job on everything. Cake was exactly as we asked, and the taste was amazing. Only problem was there wasn't enough. My daughter said nobody actually would eat much cake - WRONG! Should definitely have added at least one layer. We had three flavors, and the pumpkin spice was definitely the favorite!!
great job on everything. Cake was exactly as we asked, and the taste was amazing. Only problem was there wasn't enough. My Read more...
great job on everything. Cake was exactly as we asked, and the taste was amazing. Only problem was there wasn't enough. My daughter said nobody actually would eat much cake - WRONG! Should definitely have added at least one layer. We had three flavors, and the pumpkin spice was definitely the favorite!! Read less
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Cassandra
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora was absolutely incredible to work with. She always had the fastest turn around time and was such a genuine person- which is a rare find in the wedding biz!

The cake was beautifully and meticulously designed and we had many guests comment on how delicious it was.

Thank you Lora!
Lora was absolutely incredible to work with. She always had the fastest turn around time and was such a genuine person- Read more...
Lora was absolutely incredible to work with. She always had the fastest turn around time and was such a genuine person- which is a rare find in the wedding biz!

The cake was beautifully and meticulously designed and we had many guests comment on how delicious it was.

Thank you Lora! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
She made my dream cake and it was the most delicious cake I have ever tasted!
She made my dream cake and it was the most delicious cake I have ever tasted!
She made my dream cake and it was the most delicious cake I have ever tasted! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
10/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora was amazing to work with! My Fiance' and I were having a small ceremony/reception but still wanted a full "wedding" feel. It was hard in our area to find vendors who could make that happen, because they only did "big" weddings. Lora gave us exactly what we wanted and we couldn't have been happier. She was always quick to respond to emails or any questions/concerns we had. Never once had a worry with her. Not to mention how delicious her cakes are. We wanted our cake to not only be beautiful, but serve as the actual main dessert for our reception. Once we went to the tasting, we could not wait to have our cake! Our families raved about it, and honestly, we aren't sure if our topper we put in the freezer will make it to our one year anniversary! We would recommend Lora to anyone and everyone, big or small event (the pictures of her bigger cakes were awesome). We hope to use her again in the future!
Lora was amazing to work with! My Fiance' and I were having a small ceremony/reception but still wanted a full "wedding" Read more...
Lora was amazing to work with! My Fiance' and I were having a small ceremony/reception but still wanted a full "wedding" feel. It was hard in our area to find vendors who could make that happen, because they only did "big" weddings. Lora gave us exactly what we wanted and we couldn't have been happier. She was always quick to respond to emails or any questions/concerns we had. Never once had a worry with her. Not to mention how delicious her cakes are. We wanted our cake to not only be beautiful, but serve as the actual main dessert for our reception. Once we went to the tasting, we could not wait to have our cake! Our families raved about it, and honestly, we aren't sure if our topper we put in the freezer will make it to our one year anniversary! We would recommend Lora to anyone and everyone, big or small event (the pictures of her bigger cakes were awesome). We hope to use her again in the future! Read less
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Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding cake was delicious and beautiful!! I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, as well as our groom's cake. She did a spectacular job and was a pleasure to work with.

She always responded to my questions/updates in a timely fashion and was extremely accommodating.

Our guests couldn't stop talking about both cakes and how tasty they were!
Our wedding cake was delicious and beautiful!! I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, as well as our groom's cake. Read more...
Our wedding cake was delicious and beautiful!! I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, as well as our groom's cake. She did a spectacular job and was a pleasure to work with.

She always responded to my questions/updates in a timely fashion and was extremely accommodating.

Our guests couldn't stop talking about both cakes and how tasty they were! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora was WONDERFUL. The cake was an important part of the day for us and we wanted something that tasted just as good as it looked. We met Lora in her beautiful commercial kitchen which she runs out of her home basement for a tasting. It was so hard for us to decide which of her scrumptious flavor combinations to go with. We definitely weren't surprised when she told us she used to be a pastry chef. We ended up picking the chocolate mouse with ganache and peanut butter filling.

Lora was also super professional. She gave us a very detailed contract and followed up with us before the wedding to confirm drop-off times and wish us a nice day. She did a beautiful job arranging the fresh flowers on each tier of the cake and lent us gorgeous gold cake stand. Our guests raved about how beautiful it was and told us it was the best wedding cake they ever tasted!
Lora was WONDERFUL. The cake was an important part of the day for us and we wanted something that tasted just as good as Read more...
Lora was WONDERFUL. The cake was an important part of the day for us and we wanted something that tasted just as good as it looked. We met Lora in her beautiful commercial kitchen which she runs out of her home basement for a tasting. It was so hard for us to decide which of her scrumptious flavor combinations to go with. We definitely weren't surprised when she told us she used to be a pastry chef. We ended up picking the chocolate mouse with ganache and peanut butter filling.

Lora was also super professional. She gave us a very detailed contract and followed up with us before the wedding to confirm drop-off times and wish us a nice day. She did a beautiful job arranging the fresh flowers on each tier of the cake and lent us gorgeous gold cake stand. Our guests raved about how beautiful it was and told us it was the best wedding cake they ever tasted! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora was great in helping us decide and design our wedding cake, we joked because my fiancé asked why we couldn't just have an ice cream cake, but after the tasting he changed his mind very quickly! She was easy to work with since I had last minutes additions to my guest count and provided the perfect solution! The cake was a hit with everyone. She not only makes these cakes but you can tell she takes pride and puts love into every detail!

Thanks Lora for a wonderful addition to my wedding day!
Lora was great in helping us decide and design our wedding cake, we joked because my fiancé asked why we couldn't just Read more...
Lora was great in helping us decide and design our wedding cake, we joked because my fiancé asked why we couldn't just have an ice cream cake, but after the tasting he changed his mind very quickly! She was easy to work with since I had last minutes additions to my guest count and provided the perfect solution! The cake was a hit with everyone. She not only makes these cakes but you can tell she takes pride and puts love into every detail!

Thanks Lora for a wonderful addition to my wedding day! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora impressed us from the minute we walked in for a cake tasting. Her professionalism and wealth of knowledge was outstanding, and her cakes was moist and delicious. We didn't even think twice about using her for our wedding cake. She helped me to choose the best flavor combination, size, shape, and design for our cake, and even made a teeny mock-up to see so we could more easily visualize the design. A few weeks before the wedding, she confirmed to make sure all the details were correct and I hadn't changed my mind about anything.
At the wedding, the cake was beautiful and delicious! We had tons of compliments and I couldn't have been happier.
Lora impressed us from the minute we walked in for a cake tasting. Her professionalism and wealth of knowledge was Read more...
Lora impressed us from the minute we walked in for a cake tasting. Her professionalism and wealth of knowledge was outstanding, and her cakes was moist and delicious. We didn't even think twice about using her for our wedding cake. She helped me to choose the best flavor combination, size, shape, and design for our cake, and even made a teeny mock-up to see so we could more easily visualize the design. A few weeks before the wedding, she confirmed to make sure all the details were correct and I hadn't changed my mind about anything.
At the wedding, the cake was beautiful and delicious! We had tons of compliments and I couldn't have been happier. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Lora was amazing to work with!!! My sister and I found her through the wedding network and she lived very close to our venue. When my sister and I went for my tasting and consultation about a Tim Burton style cake we showed up to Lora wearing a Nightmare before Christmas shirt to get into the creative mood! It was wonderful. She ended up taking three horrible drawing ideas of mine for a three tiered cake and turned her great sketch into the best looking and tasting cake I have ever seen!! I am very picky about the type of cake I eat and I ate every bite of the cake we had at the tasting. On the day of the wedding not only did she deliver the cake but she told us how to wrap up the anniversary piece and how to serve the rest to our guests. I was on my feet most of the night but I made it a point to sit down and eat a whole piece of that cake! I could not have asked for a better cake or one that looked exactly like I pictured in my mind.
Lora was amazing to work with!!! My sister and I found her through the wedding network and she lived very close to our Read more...
Lora was amazing to work with!!! My sister and I found her through the wedding network and she lived very close to our venue. When my sister and I went for my tasting and consultation about a Tim Burton style cake we showed up to Lora wearing a Nightmare before Christmas shirt to get into the creative mood! It was wonderful. She ended up taking three horrible drawing ideas of mine for a three tiered cake and turned her great sketch into the best looking and tasting cake I have ever seen!! I am very picky about the type of cake I eat and I ate every bite of the cake we had at the tasting. On the day of the wedding not only did she deliver the cake but she told us how to wrap up the anniversary piece and how to serve the rest to our guests. I was on my feet most of the night but I made it a point to sit down and eat a whole piece of that cake! I could not have asked for a better cake or one that looked exactly like I pictured in my mind. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora is amazing to work with! Her cakes look and taste amazing! We went to her house for tasting and we wanted to add a little more almond flavor to the cake and she had us back over to taste it about a month before the wedding to make sure she made the change to our liking. I even made a small last minute change and she was able to do it no problem. Since my husband went to Virginia Tech I had her add a surprise to the cake by adding a Hokie head and tail sticking out of the cake! It was PERFECT! I can not say enough how great Lora is!! She made my dream wedding cake and I can't thank her enough! If you are having your wedding in the DC area I highly recommend going with Gateau, you will not regret it!
Lora is amazing to work with! Her cakes look and taste amazing! We went to her house for tasting and we wanted to add a Read more...
Lora is amazing to work with! Her cakes look and taste amazing! We went to her house for tasting and we wanted to add a little more almond flavor to the cake and she had us back over to taste it about a month before the wedding to make sure she made the change to our liking. I even made a small last minute change and she was able to do it no problem. Since my husband went to Virginia Tech I had her add a surprise to the cake by adding a Hokie head and tail sticking out of the cake! It was PERFECT! I can not say enough how great Lora is!! She made my dream wedding cake and I can't thank her enough! If you are having your wedding in the DC area I highly recommend going with Gateau, you will not regret it! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora from Gateau is amazing! We decided to have a dessert bar and a custom cake. She made DELICIOUS cake pops, lemon tarts, blackberry pies, peach mini cupcakes, chocolate whoopie pies, and chocolate pies! Everything was wonderful and the display was beautiful. We also had a custome cake made. We decided to have a steampunk themed wedding cake with gears, lace, and a matalic look. She was able to create an impressive and beautiful cake that caputred our vision in lovely rose gold matalic shades. It was quite the statement piece!

She also made a Groom's cake for me. She created a gluten free banana and chocolate cake. It was created to look like the famouns Coach Bear Bryant's Hat from the Alabama Crimson Tide Foot Ball team, which my husband is a huge fan of. The cake was delicious and my husband was thrilled!
Lora from Gateau is amazing! We decided to have a dessert bar and a custom cake. She made DELICIOUS cake pops, lemon Read more...
Lora from Gateau is amazing! We decided to have a dessert bar and a custom cake. She made DELICIOUS cake pops, lemon tarts, blackberry pies, peach mini cupcakes, chocolate whoopie pies, and chocolate pies! Everything was wonderful and the display was beautiful. We also had a custome cake made. We decided to have a steampunk themed wedding cake with gears, lace, and a matalic look. She was able to create an impressive and beautiful cake that caputred our vision in lovely rose gold matalic shades. It was quite the statement piece!

She also made a Groom's cake for me. She created a gluten free banana and chocolate cake. It was created to look like the famouns Coach Bear Bryant's Hat from the Alabama Crimson Tide Foot Ball team, which my husband is a huge fan of. The cake was delicious and my husband was thrilled! Read less
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Kimberlee
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora (Gateau) was very friendly, professional, and offered creative ideas that helped my fiance and I better determine what exactly we wanted. We chose the Champagne Bliss and Mochaccino flavors, which were heavenly. Our wedding cake was truly lovely and was delicious! We were so pleased to find Lora and highly recommend Gateau for any special occasion requiring a delicious and lovely cake or cupcakes!
Lora (Gateau) was very friendly, professional, and offered creative ideas that helped my fiance and I better determine Read more...
Lora (Gateau) was very friendly, professional, and offered creative ideas that helped my fiance and I better determine what exactly we wanted. We chose the Champagne Bliss and Mochaccino flavors, which were heavenly. Our wedding cake was truly lovely and was delicious! We were so pleased to find Lora and highly recommend Gateau for any special occasion requiring a delicious and lovely cake or cupcakes! Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Best cakes in the area. I tasted a bunch of samples at a bridal show. I grabbed one of Laura's samples, a lemon cake with pineapple buttercream, and told my friend "I guess I found my baker!" The cake she made us was elegant and so tasty. We ended up with a lemon cake, strawberry filling, and lightly flavored buttercream. We were a little upset, but only because there were no leftovers.
Best cakes in the area. I tasted a bunch of samples at a bridal show. I grabbed one of Laura's samples, a lemon cake with Read more...
Best cakes in the area. I tasted a bunch of samples at a bridal show. I grabbed one of Laura's samples, a lemon cake with pineapple buttercream, and told my friend "I guess I found my baker!" The cake she made us was elegant and so tasty. We ended up with a lemon cake, strawberry filling, and lightly flavored buttercream. We were a little upset, but only because there were no leftovers. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Lora is an extremely talented, creative, and professional baker. From the moment we attended the cake tasting to the day of our event Lora was very welcoming, supportive, and thorough in her work. Her bakery is impressive, comfortable, and her baked goods have a consistent taste from the tasting to the day of the wedding. I've never heard so many people who actually enjoyed eating wedding cake! Our dessert table was a hit and our family and guests are still talking about how delicious all of the desserts and cake were. If you are looking for a pure and delicious wedding cake and desserts that are classy, creative, and just thoroughly tasty to eat, I would recommend going with Gateau.
Lora is an extremely talented, creative, and professional baker. From the moment we attended the cake tasting to the day Read more...
Lora is an extremely talented, creative, and professional baker. From the moment we attended the cake tasting to the day of our event Lora was very welcoming, supportive, and thorough in her work. Her bakery is impressive, comfortable, and her baked goods have a consistent taste from the tasting to the day of the wedding. I've never heard so many people who actually enjoyed eating wedding cake! Our dessert table was a hit and our family and guests are still talking about how delicious all of the desserts and cake were. If you are looking for a pure and delicious wedding cake and desserts that are classy, creative, and just thoroughly tasty to eat, I would recommend going with Gateau. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have been happier with our wedding cake experience!
We had a very small wedding, and I wasn't sure we could find someone who would treat our order as important as one for hundreds of guests, but we found that in Lora. Right from the start Lora made us feel as if our day was as special to her as it was to us. Our tasting experience was great and that extended to the final deliverable on our wedding day. Our guests raved about the cake and we've enjoyed it days after our special day.
You can't go wrong with Gateau!
We couldn't have been happier with our wedding cake experience!
We had a very small wedding, and I wasn't sure we Read more...
We couldn't have been happier with our wedding cake experience!
We had a very small wedding, and I wasn't sure we could find someone who would treat our order as important as one for hundreds of guests, but we found that in Lora. Right from the start Lora made us feel as if our day was as special to her as it was to us. Our tasting experience was great and that extended to the final deliverable on our wedding day. Our guests raved about the cake and we've enjoyed it days after our special day.
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Crystal
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Lora provided both a beautiful and tasty wedding cake for our event. We gave her general feedback on the design but let her run with the rest. It was everything we had hoped for and more. Everyone raved about how delicious it was and we agreed.

She also provided a birthday cake for the groom's daughter without much notice. Once again, I gave her general feedback regarding the design and the final product was outstanding.
Lora provided both a beautiful and tasty wedding cake for our event. We gave her general feedback on the design but let Read more...
Lora provided both a beautiful and tasty wedding cake for our event. We gave her general feedback on the design but let her run with the rest. It was everything we had hoped for and more. Everyone raved about how delicious it was and we agreed.

She also provided a birthday cake for the groom's daughter without much notice. Once again, I gave her general feedback regarding the design and the final product was outstanding. Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
My wedding was Oct. 13 and I first met Lora at a bridal show in Warrenton back in March. She had an offer going on that day that if you booked a cake tasting then you get 10% off of your wedding cake. I thought her samples were delicious and when you're planning a wedding any discount is great!! She had just opened a new kitchen in her basement and at first I thought that was a little awkward, but the space was beautiful and looked very professional. We had a large wedding (250 people!) so our wedding cake was 6 tiers and she allowed us to pick a different flavor for each tier if we wanted too, which I thought was fantastic!! I loved the idea of giving our guests the choice to pick the flavor they wanted. We ended up choosing 4 different flavors and they were all delicious!! One thing she does, that i love, is instead of keeping the top tier to freeze for our 1 year anniversary, she will remake us a 6inch cake in a year at half price!! That way we can actually enjoy eating it and not eat cake thats a year old ;)
Another great thing about Lora is that she allowed me to add a groomscake just a few weeks before the wedding as a surprise for my husband. He is a musician and plays guitar, i could sneak a few pictures of it and Lora was able to replicate his guitar perfectly!!!! It was amazing!! He loved it and was so surprised and loved showing it off to all his friends!! My dad came with us to the cake tasting and LOVED her chocolate cake with her mango filling (weird combo, i know lol) so much and so she made him a 6inch chocolate mango cake, at no extra cost!! I could not believe how nice that was!!!
Lora was SO easy to work with and very affordable. When you are working with so many vendors its nice to have one that doesn't cause you a lot of stress and isn't difficult to work with!! I am SO happy i used her and recommend her to everyone i know that needs any kind of cake!!
My wedding was Oct. 13 and I first met Lora at a bridal show in Warrenton back in March. She had an offer going on that Read more...
My wedding was Oct. 13 and I first met Lora at a bridal show in Warrenton back in March. She had an offer going on that day that if you booked a cake tasting then you get 10% off of your wedding cake. I thought her samples were delicious and when you're planning a wedding any discount is great!! She had just opened a new kitchen in her basement and at first I thought that was a little awkward, but the space was beautiful and looked very professional. We had a large wedding (250 people!) so our wedding cake was 6 tiers and she allowed us to pick a different flavor for each tier if we wanted too, which I thought was fantastic!! I loved the idea of giving our guests the choice to pick the flavor they wanted. We ended up choosing 4 different flavors and they were all delicious!! One thing she does, that i love, is instead of keeping the top tier to freeze for our 1 year anniversary, she will remake us a 6inch cake in a year at half price!! That way we can actually enjoy eating it and not eat cake thats a year old ;)
Another great thing about Lora is that she allowed me to add a groomscake just a few weeks before the wedding as a surprise for my husband. He is a musician and plays guitar, i could sneak a few pictures of it and Lora was able to replicate his guitar perfectly!!!! It was amazing!! He loved it and was so surprised and loved showing it off to all his friends!! My dad came with us to the cake tasting and LOVED her chocolate cake with her mango filling (weird combo, i know lol) so much and so she made him a 6inch chocolate mango cake, at no extra cost!! I could not believe how nice that was!!!
Lora was SO easy to work with and very affordable. When you are working with so many vendors its nice to have one that doesn't cause you a lot of stress and isn't difficult to work with!! I am SO happy i used her and recommend her to everyone i know that needs any kind of cake!! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
We recommend Gateau, and owner/baker Lora Gookin, to the moon and back! She is proactive, wonderfully talented, and an absolute pleasure to work with. As extreme dessert lovers, we were thrilled and our guests were wowed by both the groom's cake and wedding cake flavors and amazing detail. Thank you, Lora Gookin, for making our wedding day so special, and go off without a hitch!

-- Beth Strickland & Dan Smith; Alexandria, VA
We recommend Gateau, and owner/baker Lora Gookin, to the moon and back! She is proactive, wonderfully talented, and an Read more...
We recommend Gateau, and owner/baker Lora Gookin, to the moon and back! She is proactive, wonderfully talented, and an absolute pleasure to work with. As extreme dessert lovers, we were thrilled and our guests were wowed by both the groom's cake and wedding cake flavors and amazing detail. Thank you, Lora Gookin, for making our wedding day so special, and go off without a hitch!

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Linz
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
My Gateau wedding cake was amazing. My husbands one request for a cake was that it taste good because, lets face it, we've all had bad wedding cake, and it exceeded our expectations. I designed it myself and Gateau was very helpful with this task. Every guest at my wedding commented on how delicious it was and how beautiful it was. I was one happy bride!
My Gateau wedding cake was amazing. My husbands one request for a cake was that it taste good because, lets face it, we've Read more...
My Gateau wedding cake was amazing. My husbands one request for a cake was that it taste good because, lets face it, we've all had bad wedding cake, and it exceeded our expectations. I designed it myself and Gateau was very helpful with this task. Every guest at my wedding commented on how delicious it was and how beautiful it was. I was one happy bride! Read less
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Gateau responded with the following comments:

Lindsay, your design was stunning! Thank-you for allowing Gateau to be a part of your special day.
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Three things people will remember at a wedding - DJ, food, and cake. I just had my wedding and everyone LOVED Gateau's cake that they wanted more. I started digging into my anniversary cake because it is that good!

I had met Lora at two bridal shows. She had sample cupcakes at the first bridal show I attended, and I remembered that I wanted to go back for another cupcake. But by the time I got back to her table, the samples were gone. Again, let me tell you that her cake is AMAZING! Not only does it taste good, but it will look awesome because Lora is a perfectionist. She has a passion for baking and for someone to have that passion, you will have great results! I highly recommend Lora for your wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc.
Three things people will remember at a wedding - DJ, food, and cake. I just had my wedding and everyone LOVED Gateau's Read more...
Three things people will remember at a wedding - DJ, food, and cake. I just had my wedding and everyone LOVED Gateau's cake that they wanted more. I started digging into my anniversary cake because it is that good!

I had met Lora at two bridal shows. She had sample cupcakes at the first bridal show I attended, and I remembered that I wanted to go back for another cupcake. But by the time I got back to her table, the samples were gone. Again, let me tell you that her cake is AMAZING! Not only does it taste good, but it will look awesome because Lora is a perfectionist. She has a passion for baking and for someone to have that passion, you will have great results! I highly recommend Lora for your wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc. Read less
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Gateau responded with the following comments:

Melissa,
It was an absolute pleasure working with you and Victor. I am so glad that you loved your cake, and congratulations to you both!
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Joann
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about Gateau! Lora Gookin is an amazing baker and artist. When my husband and I first met with her, we had a few examples of what we were looking for and she was more than open to creating something to fit. We hadn't any cake flavors in mind and Lora was kind enough to voice her opinion on what would be good for May. We chose almond raspberry for one tier, vanilla vanilla for the other, and she was also generous is providing us with a vegan option of almond raspberry. Maybe two months prior to the event, we found another cake design that we had to have. Lora loved the fondant peacock design and made us the most WONDERFUL wedding cake. I was singing her praises to my friends before the wedding and they're not even cake eaters - they loved her cake as well.

Gateau is awesome and I will not go to any other baker while I live in NOVA!
I cannot say enough about Gateau! Lora Gookin is an amazing baker and artist. When my husband and I first met with her, we Read more...
I cannot say enough about Gateau! Lora Gookin is an amazing baker and artist. When my husband and I first met with her, we had a few examples of what we were looking for and she was more than open to creating something to fit. We hadn't any cake flavors in mind and Lora was kind enough to voice her opinion on what would be good for May. We chose almond raspberry for one tier, vanilla vanilla for the other, and she was also generous is providing us with a vegan option of almond raspberry. Maybe two months prior to the event, we found another cake design that we had to have. Lora loved the fondant peacock design and made us the most WONDERFUL wedding cake. I was singing her praises to my friends before the wedding and they're not even cake eaters - they loved her cake as well.

Gateau is awesome and I will not go to any other baker while I live in NOVA! Read less
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Gateau responded with the following comments:

Joan,
Thank-you for allowing me to be part of your special day! It was a pleasure working with you and Reed. I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness, and great dessert :)
Warm regards, Lora
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Carie Leigh
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Lora is INCREDIBLE! She did an AMAZING job on both my wedding cake AND the groom's cake!! My sister is also getting married in December and we plan on using her again. She is awesome!!!
Lora is INCREDIBLE! She did an AMAZING job on both my wedding cake AND the groom's cake!! My sister is also getting Read more...
Lora is INCREDIBLE! She did an AMAZING job on both my wedding cake AND the groom's cake!! My sister is also getting married in December and we plan on using her again. She is awesome!!! Read less
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Gateau responded with the following comments:

Carie,
It was my pleasure! Congratulations to you and Mike!
Best wishes,
Lora
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Steve
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.9/5.0
As I'm sure many couples do, we reviewed countless photos of cakes as we refined our idea of what our wedding cake should be. Once we found an appropriate photo of what we wanted our cake to be, we shared it with Gateau and she knew exactly what to do. At our tasting we had selected a custom flavor combination which we liked the best of our tastings, as did Lora, and she intends to make it another of her signature flavor combinations. When we left our tasting, we were after a cake with only a single color ribbon, however Lora's experience suggested we did a bi-color design, which turned out so lovely. In addition to our wedding cake, I had Gateau make my bride a surprise birthday cake (birthday is the same day as our wedding). Lora took my idea of the complimenting design for the birthday cake and made the surprise birthday cake which my bride absolutely loved. There are many bakers and many cakes which all taste the same. Gateau has decided to make beautiful cakes which also taste great; a welcome difference. Lora's professionalism was also a very welcome difference after having visited several other bakers who also worked out of their homes. Lora clearly cares about her work, her business, and her clients.
As I'm sure many couples do, we reviewed countless photos of cakes as we refined our idea of what our wedding cake should Read more...
As I'm sure many couples do, we reviewed countless photos of cakes as we refined our idea of what our wedding cake should be. Once we found an appropriate photo of what we wanted our cake to be, we shared it with Gateau and she knew exactly what to do. At our tasting we had selected a custom flavor combination which we liked the best of our tastings, as did Lora, and she intends to make it another of her signature flavor combinations. When we left our tasting, we were after a cake with only a single color ribbon, however Lora's experience suggested we did a bi-color design, which turned out so lovely. In addition to our wedding cake, I had Gateau make my bride a surprise birthday cake (birthday is the same day as our wedding). Lora took my idea of the complimenting design for the birthday cake and made the surprise birthday cake which my bride absolutely loved. There are many bakers and many cakes which all taste the same. Gateau has decided to make beautiful cakes which also taste great; a welcome difference. Lora's professionalism was also a very welcome difference after having visited several other bakers who also worked out of their homes. Lora clearly cares about her work, her business, and her clients. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/7/2012
4.9/5.0
Lora was absolutely wonderful! I called last minute and she was more than accommodating when fitting me into her busy schedule. She worked with me to create the best flavor combinations for the surprise groom's cake for my wedding. I gave her a picture that I was looking to replicate and she did so flawlessly. It looked amazing and tasted just as great. Thanks Lora! :)
Lora was absolutely wonderful! I called last minute and she was more than accommodating when fitting me into her busy Read more...
Lora was absolutely wonderful! I called last minute and she was more than accommodating when fitting me into her busy schedule. She worked with me to create the best flavor combinations for the surprise groom's cake for my wedding. I gave her a picture that I was looking to replicate and she did so flawlessly. It looked amazing and tasted just as great. Thanks Lora! :) Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.5/5.0
This review is for CUPCAKES, because I wasn't interested in a cake. Lora beautifully decorated 3 flavors of cupcakes (peach cobbler, triple chocolate crown, and raspberry almond joy) with gum paste hydrangeas and dogwood flowers. First, they were by far the best pastry items we've ever had, and my husband and I have eaten dessert at some phenomenal restaurants. My sister said "forgive me for moaning inappropriately over here but I've never tasted anything like these before." Second, they were absolutely beautiful--the flower work was so detailed and exactly what we discussed. Third, Lora delivered everything on time and there were no problems.
*I can't speak to a cake pedestal, but if you choose her cupcakes, I recommend having a 3 tiered display already at your venue or renting one--you don't want to have to worry about bringing it back/shipping it back to her on your honeymoon and she doesn't have very many.
This review is for CUPCAKES, because I wasn't interested in a cake. Lora beautifully decorated 3 flavors of cupcakes Read more...
This review is for CUPCAKES, because I wasn't interested in a cake. Lora beautifully decorated 3 flavors of cupcakes (peach cobbler, triple chocolate crown, and raspberry almond joy) with gum paste hydrangeas and dogwood flowers. First, they were by far the best pastry items we've ever had, and my husband and I have eaten dessert at some phenomenal restaurants. My sister said "forgive me for moaning inappropriately over here but I've never tasted anything like these before." Second, they were absolutely beautiful--the flower work was so detailed and exactly what we discussed. Third, Lora delivered everything on time and there were no problems.
*I can't speak to a cake pedestal, but if you choose her cupcakes, I recommend having a 3 tiered display already at your venue or renting one--you don't want to have to worry about bringing it back/shipping it back to her on your honeymoon and she doesn't have very many. Read less
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