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HotCakes

Charlottesville , VA
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LOCATION

1137-A Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center
Charlottesville, VA US 22903 (map)

PHONE

434-295-6037

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

HotCakes has been working with Virginia brides since 1987. We marry our abundant wedding experience with your imagination to create your perfect wedding reception, wedding cake,... Read more
HotCakes has been working with Virginia brides since 1987. We marry our abundant wedding experience with your imagination to create your perfect wedding reception, wedding cake, rehearsal dinner, or other event.

We also have a gourmet cafe and bakery in the Barracks Road Shopping Center where you can sample many of our recipes, 7 days/week. At any time you can call us to schedule an appointment with our catering staff to discuss your wedding plans. Read less
Catering , Wedding Cake

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), French, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
We have a variety of prepared foods and sweets in our store each day for impromptu sampling. We will prepare sample menus for brides to approve.
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
Yes, we make delicious, beautiful wedding cakes
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
No, if a bride should serve a cake from another source, our staff would slice and serve it without additional charge.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
Yes, we have a VA ABC caterer's license that allows us to provide and / or serve all varieties of alcoholic beverages.
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
If the bride provides alcoholic beverages our staff will chill, serve, and dispose of glass bottles. Our corkage fee is $40 / case of wine, $20 per case of beer, $20 per bottle of liquor. We do not charge corkage to serve wine at wineries.
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Yes, we'll orchestrate all necessary rental equipment to make sure that everything is perfect.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes, HotCakes service staff will set up, insure that the event flows smoothly, and clean up completely after the wedding.
What is your maximum catering capacity?
300

INFO FOR WEDDING CAKE

Besides cakes, what other types of desserts do you provide?
Cheese, Cookies, Cupcakes, Dessert Buffet, Fruit, 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, Kosher, Lactose Free, Organic, Vegan
Do you provide customary cakes, such as Croquembouche?
Yes
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Kelly holder's cakes are amazing! It being last minute she was able to gather up some samples and got to work! The finishing project was everything I wanted! Can't wait to eat our anniversary cake!
Services Used: Wedding Cake
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Debbie
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
The event was our daughter's wedding. I can't have enough praise for Hot Cakes! The food was wonderful, the flip of the room, from ceremony to reception went flawlessly. Hot Cakes took charge and made it all happen very efficiently. The staff was so responsive and efficient, making sure all the guests were taken care the whole night through. Guests were complementing the food all night long. I especially loved the wedding cake, it's wintery design and yummy taste. A special cake was also made for the bride's aunt, my sister - A gluten free desert that was out of this world. Thank you Hot Cakes for a wonderful wedding reception.....and brunch. Almost forgot the brunch the next day, equally as delightful. Thanks again!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Jennifer
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Lisa was great! I had a terrible experience with another caterer before meeting Lisa, and it was like night and day difference. It was just my fiancé and I that traveled to meet with her and she was so put together and ready to please us that I couldn't wait for my parents to meet her and give their final approval - no surprise, she wowed them as well.

The food was delicious both at the initial tasting and on our wedding day!
Lisa was very easily accessible via email and worked to ensure my wedding day would run smoothly. She took control of all rentals (plates, silverware, table clothes and runners, dance floor, pipe and drape, etc.) whatever I wanted she took care of it. Sorry wedding planners, you're out when somebody like Lisa is taking care of everything. It really was great because the only thing I had to worry about was to make sure my florist, DJ, and photographer arrived on time. Everything else was taken care of by hot cakes!

I have to give a special thanks to Mitch and his staff - you all were perfect, I feel like everything ran smoothly and all were so nice! My MOH even commented on how helpful the staff was, and she can be one tough cookie to impress :-)

Hot cakes handled my room flip as well (we used the same room for the ceremony and the reception). All the other vendors I talked with said it would take at least an hour and a half to flip the room. I wanted cocktail hour to only be an hour, I didn't want my guests to be standing around too long. Hot cakes guaranteed they could do it within the hour, and they were good on their word. The room was perfectly set and ready to go!

I also used hot cakes for my wedding cake. It was beautiful and tasted just as good as it looked, my fiance doesn't eat sweets too often, but he gobbled up his cake. I had a winter wedding, so Lisa came up with an awesome idea to make it look like there was snowfall on my cake. I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
HotCakes responded with the following comments:

Thank you Jennifer and Silvio- I'm so glad that you were pleased! It was fun working with you on this and you did a terrific job planning the decoration for the Early Mt Ballroom--I've never seen it look more beautiful!
Best wishes for the new year and for many more to follow--Lisa
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sarah
Wedding:
4/14/2013
5.0/5.0
The cake was GORGEOUS, DELICIOUS and REASONABLY PRICED. I could not have asked for anything better. My uncle who doesnt like sweets said it was the best cake he ever had. And it was SO beautiful. Totally exceeded my expectations. I wasnt even going to have a cake and now I am SO glad I did. Thank you Lisa!
Services Used: Wedding Cake
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Caroline
Wedding:
1/12/2013
5.0/5.0
HotCakes made 2 different kinds of vegan cakes for my husband and my's wedding - no small fete! They even dealt with my last-minute design changes seamlessly and allowed us to add on an extra "happy birthday" cake for my husband's mom ahead of schedule. The cake was delicious - none of our friends could tell it was vegan, and it was a huge hit! Job well done!
Services Used: Wedding Cake
HotCakes responded with the following comments:

Congratulations, Caroline and thanks for the nice notes. HotCakes isn't ready to give up our butter and eggs, but we it is important to be able to learn new tricks to feed our vegan and gluten-intolerant friends! best wishes--Lisa
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Yuki
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Hot Cakes was fantastic! We weren't sure what type of cake we wanted and they let us come back every month to try their cakes for free. Each time we went, we were treated very well and Lisa was always very helpful. Our cake was delicious and we would have paid much more than was asked. Thank you!
Services Used: Wedding Cake
HotCakes responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Yuki--best wishes for a wonderful future together!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
HotCakes is the best kept secret when it comes to catering in the Charlottesville, VA area. We had a tight budget and Lisa, the owner of Hotcakes, did everything possible to give us what we wanted within the budget. She is a pleasure to work with... very knowledgeable, detail oriented and passionate about making sure that your wedding is exactly what you dreamed of. We had a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres, a plated salad, a family style dinner service and a wedding cake. The food was fantastic - it tasted fresh and flavorful. People were raving about the steak. We weren't able to eat much during the wedding, but they made an amazing and plentiful bag to go. They may be called HotCakes, but their regular catering is top notch as well. The service is fantastic as they go above and beyond to make your day special. Additionally, the presentation of the food was excellent!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/1/2011
4.6/5.0
Lisa was wonderful to work with. She is pleasant and seems to share the joy of the occasion. She is very creative with your budget, and does not pressure you to spend more than you can afford. Lisa also had good idea for how to lay out the reception.

We had an assortment of delicious sandwiches, including vegetarian options. We also had sides such as fruit and the phenomenal sesame noodles that I get every time I visit the Hotcakes restaurant. Hotcakes even accommodated a severe food allergy of one of our guests.

Our cake was delicious. We selected a white cake with raspberry melba filling. It looked gorgeous and tasted delicious.

The only thing that I didn't quite understand was that HotCakes didn't put the flowers we had given them on the cake as planned. Instead they stuck candy mints to it. It ended up being OK because my aunt is a professional baker, so she enjoyed adding the flowers for us halfway through the reception. I would recommend, though, that other brides be very clear about how you would like the cake decorated. Even with this minor glitch, I was quite pleased with the cake.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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vbrotski
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Lisa McEwan of Hot Cakes made the most amazing wedding cake ever for us. We ordered a hazelnut praline cake with a hazelnut meringue, and hazelnut frosting. Everyone loved it -- even our friends who normally hate wedding cake could not stop raving about it. Fortunately, we had some left-overs that we shared with our family -- everyone wanted seconds! Hot Cakes even provided us with a 4-inch separate anniversary tier to take home. Instead of a cake-topper, we used flowers. Hot Cakes arranged the flowers, provided by Patterson's Florist, on the cake for us which was simply decorated with swiss dots and purple ribbon -- the cake looked stunning. The problem with most bakers, is that while the cake may look beautiful, it doesn't taste very good. Hot Cakes delivered on all levels, hands down. We could not have been more pleased with the cake, the service and the cost.
Services Used: Wedding Cake
HotCakes responded with the following comments:

Valerie - you are a doll thanks for your sweet note--I'll be so very happy to share this with our bakers who actually did the hands on thing to make the cake (I was just details, advice & coordination). We did well together organizing all the details via email, didn't we?

Best wishes to you and Patrick---please let me know if we can do anything for you in the future.
Lisa
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Lisa McEwan and her team at Hot Cakes made the most amazing wedding cake ever for us. We ordered a hazelnut praline cake with a hazelnut meringue, and hazelnut frosting. Everyone loved it -- even our friends who normally hate wedding cake could not stop raving about it. Fortunately, we had some left-overs that we shared with our family -- everyone wanted seconds! Hot Cakes even provided us with a 4-inch separate anniversary tier to take home. Instead of a cake-topper, we used flowers. Hot Cakes arranged the flowers, provided by Patterson's Florist, on the cake for us which was simply decorated with swiss dots and purple ribbon -- the cake looked stunning. The problem with most bakers, is that while the cake may look beautiful, it doesn't taste very good. Hot Cakes delivered on all levels, hands down. We could not have been more pleased with the cake, the service and the cost.
Services Used: Wedding Cake
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lbutler
Wedding:
10/26/2008
4.8/5.0
Hotcakes was a pleasure to deal with from the planning stages of our wedding reception right through the day-of our wedding. They are extremely quick to respond to any and all questions and requests [and we had a lot of those!]. They are extremely professional and we were highly impressed that the owner was with us from day one and even on-site throughout our entire wedding reception! The food was great but the service was even better! Everything turned out just as we had discussed during the planning. A few logistical items were switched the day-of (bar & table set-up, etc.) but their flexiblity and service was excellent and everything was set-up very nicely.
Hotcakes also provided our wedding cake & groom's cake. The wedding cake was not only beautiful but also delicious! I can't tell you how many people commented on how yummy our cakes were! The wedding cake looked exactly as I had envisioned and discussed beforehand (as I had sent a photo of the design I liked). It was very nice to have the same vendor provide the cakes and catering all in one.
I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for great catering with excellent service & professionalism.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
HotCakes responded with the following comments:

Thanks to L&R for their review of HotCakes and we wish them much happiness in their future together.

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