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Merry's Custom Cakes

Stroudsburg , PA

LOCATION

110 Breezy View Lane
Stroudsburg, PA 18360 US (map)

PHONE

570-420-1091
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ABOUT US

Master confectioner Mary Lininger has owned and operated Merry's Custom Cakes since 1988. Mary's experience, education and design skills create custom wedding and all occasion cakes with... Read more
Master confectioner Mary Lininger has owned and operated Merry's Custom Cakes since 1988. Mary's experience, education and design skills create custom wedding and all occasion cakes with uniquely beautiful detail. Located in the heart of the Poconos, Merry's serves all of Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. Mary has mastered all aspects of sugar artistry and creates elegant show pieces for any budget. Bookings are limited to ensure quality. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING CAKE

What types of desserts do you provide?
Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Groom's Cake
What services do you provide?
Consultations, Custom Cake Design, Delivery, Setup, Tastings - Open House, Tastings - Private
What cake items do you provide?
Cake Stands
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Diabetic, Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Vegan
What special ingredients do you use?
Fresh Fruit, Local, Organic
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Amanda
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Merry designed our cake and it was perfect! Highly recommend!
Merry designed our cake and it was perfect! Highly recommend!
Merry designed our cake and it was perfect! Highly recommend! Read less
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Merry's Custom Cakes responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Amanda. You were a joy to work with. Best
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Deborah
Wedding:
9/24/2016
2.2/5.0
I used Merry for a cake for my wedding on 9/24/16. I'll start by saying that the flavor and quality of the cake itself was very, very good. However, I ordered a very specific cake design: birch wood look. I provided Merry with a picture of a white birch cake and was assured she could duplicate it. We discussed the fact that the groom and I love birch trees and were using a birch theme for our wedding, using birch vases for our centerpieces and a birch wood wedding arch. The cake was to be the capstone of our theme. I don't know what happened, but the cake Merry delivered was BROWN and looked like wood, but there was not even an attempt at creating the cake we ordered. What has prompted me to write this review is that Merry has not had the professionalism or courtesy to respond to the email I sent her the day after the wedding explaining my disappointment.
I used Merry for a cake for my wedding on 9/24/16. I'll start by saying that the flavor and quality of the cake itself was Read more...
I used Merry for a cake for my wedding on 9/24/16. I'll start by saying that the flavor and quality of the cake itself was very, very good. However, I ordered a very specific cake design: birch wood look. I provided Merry with a picture of a white birch cake and was assured she could duplicate it. We discussed the fact that the groom and I love birch trees and were using a birch theme for our wedding, using birch vases for our centerpieces and a birch wood wedding arch. The cake was to be the capstone of our theme. I don't know what happened, but the cake Merry delivered was BROWN and looked like wood, but there was not even an attempt at creating the cake we ordered. What has prompted me to write this review is that Merry has not had the professionalism or courtesy to respond to the email I sent her the day after the wedding explaining my disappointment. Read less
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Merry's Custom Cakes responded with the following comments:

Deborah, I am really not sure where to start with this but I will do my best. I looked over the order very closely and I think I know where the problem is. The picture that you provided is not white birch but some other type of tree. I know we discussed that when you were here and decided that you loved the picture the way it was. If you look at it closely you will see that it is a brown color and the lines run vertical instead of horizontal like a white birch. I would never "do what I wanted" instead of doing what you wanted. I am not that kind of person. I followed the photo. I can understand that you were upset and that breaks my heart as my customers happiness is critical to me and I put a lot of effort into making you happy. I only wish you had a little time to see you cake when we delivered it early that day as I could have corrected it for you. I don't know what I can do at this point to make this any better for you, but please understand that every kind of thought goes into doing this according to your wishes, never mine. I have much much better character than that. I am sorry for the two day delay in my response but I take off from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday morning. As a good faith gesture I would like to send you a $100.00 gift certificate to be used on anything you may need in the future. Love and Best Wishes,
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Alyssa
Wedding:
9/10/2016
5.0/5.0
We adored our wedding cake! As usual, my husband and I waited until the last minute to order up our wedding cake. Mary was responsive, timely and brilliant when it came to working with us. The finished result? Beautiful! Most importantly, it was delicious! We settled on two flavors, carrot cake and pumpkin spice, frosted with cream cheese icing... in the middle of September, those flavors were a hit. Thanks Mary!
We adored our wedding cake! As usual, my husband and I waited until the last minute to order up our wedding cake. Mary was Read more...
We adored our wedding cake! As usual, my husband and I waited until the last minute to order up our wedding cake. Mary was responsive, timely and brilliant when it came to working with us. The finished result? Beautiful! Most importantly, it was delicious! We settled on two flavors, carrot cake and pumpkin spice, frosted with cream cheese icing... in the middle of September, those flavors were a hit. Thanks Mary! Read less
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Merry's Custom Cakes responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, your were truly a joy. Best
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Kristen
Wedding:
8/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Created a beautiful four tier cake for an amazing price. Also had a free tasting after the consultation. she delivered and used real flowers which looked amazing.
Created a beautiful four tier cake for an amazing price. Also had a free tasting after the consultation. she delivered and Read more...
Created a beautiful four tier cake for an amazing price. Also had a free tasting after the consultation. she delivered and used real flowers which looked amazing. Read less
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Merry's Custom Cakes responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Kristen, you are fantastic!
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
Amazing!!! My husband and I just got married at Great Bear and had our cake done by Mary. She did a fantastic job and we could not be more thankful. Our cake looked exactly like the picture that I had shown Mary when we met to discuss the flavors. It had my wedding color theme...not to mention it was delicious! Everyone at the wedding really enjoyed the cake. We were very happy with how the cake turned out and would definitely recommend trying Merry's Custom Cakes if you have not already. Mary is extremely nice and pleasant to work with. Thank you very much for the excellent cake you provided for our wedding day.
Amazing!!! My husband and I just got married at Great Bear and had our cake done by Mary. She did a fantastic job and we Read more...
Amazing!!! My husband and I just got married at Great Bear and had our cake done by Mary. She did a fantastic job and we could not be more thankful. Our cake looked exactly like the picture that I had shown Mary when we met to discuss the flavors. It had my wedding color theme...not to mention it was delicious! Everyone at the wedding really enjoyed the cake. We were very happy with how the cake turned out and would definitely recommend trying Merry's Custom Cakes if you have not already. Mary is extremely nice and pleasant to work with. Thank you very much for the excellent cake you provided for our wedding day. Read less
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Merry's Custom Cakes responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Nicole. You were a joy to work with. Best Wishes
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Nicholas
Wedding:
6/20/2016
1.7/5.0
Her cake was the absolute worst & most disappointing thing of an otherwise fabulous wedding.

- Most importantly she told us that she can create what we showed her in our pictures. She did not at any point say that this is impossible for her to create.

- The young guy that she sent to set up the cake had no idea what he was doing, he didn't put the cake toppers on, and he was REMOVING the cupcake wrappers that we bought to help with the look of the cake. Mary obviously did NOT inform him of ANY of our requests. My cousin has to put the cake toppers on the cake.

- The top cake had a HOLE above the Yankees emblem. YES A HOLE, mind you this is a wedding, the most important event of me & my wife's life.

- The Yankees emblem was a PAPER CUTOUT that was BIGGER than the cake. I can't even fathom the ineptness of this lady.

- The FLAVOR was WRONG for the main cake. THE FLAVOR WAS WRONG. I have the email that i sent her that has all of the flavor requests, I basically spoon fed her what we wanted and she still messed it up. We got a pistachio cake instead of Golden Yellow/Devils Cake marble.

- The icing on the cupcakes were a complete mess, it was a huge clump of icing that was half on the cupcake, and the design was supposed to be the laces on a baseball. NOBODY KNEW WHAT THE HELL THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE, WHAT AN EMBARRASSMENT.

- The most obvious thing was the utter disregard for our requests, and what an absolute travesty this cake was, I will post pictures of the cake and what it should have at least resembled.
Her cake was the absolute worst & most disappointing thing of an otherwise fabulous wedding.

- Most importantly Read more...
Her cake was the absolute worst & most disappointing thing of an otherwise fabulous wedding.

- Most importantly she told us that she can create what we showed her in our pictures. She did not at any point say that this is impossible for her to create.

- The young guy that she sent to set up the cake had no idea what he was doing, he didn't put the cake toppers on, and he was REMOVING the cupcake wrappers that we bought to help with the look of the cake. Mary obviously did NOT inform him of ANY of our requests. My cousin has to put the cake toppers on the cake.

- The top cake had a HOLE above the Yankees emblem. YES A HOLE, mind you this is a wedding, the most important event of me & my wife's life.

- The Yankees emblem was a PAPER CUTOUT that was BIGGER than the cake. I can't even fathom the ineptness of this lady.

- The FLAVOR was WRONG for the main cake. THE FLAVOR WAS WRONG. I have the email that i sent her that has all of the flavor requests, I basically spoon fed her what we wanted and she still messed it up. We got a pistachio cake instead of Golden Yellow/Devils Cake marble.

- The icing on the cupcakes were a complete mess, it was a huge clump of icing that was half on the cupcake, and the design was supposed to be the laces on a baseball. NOBODY KNEW WHAT THE HELL THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE, WHAT AN EMBARRASSMENT.

- The most obvious thing was the utter disregard for our requests, and what an absolute travesty this cake was, I will post pictures of the cake and what it should have at least resembled. Read less
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Merry's Custom Cakes responded with the following comments:

I wasn't going to respond to this at first but I decided that the potential custom reading this deserved a reply. Having said that I would like you to know he choose whipped cream and chocolate buttercream as the frosting. The stadium cake in his original picture was done from fondant frosting. When you change the frosting you change the overall finished product slightly. Our delivery man did not remove any of the wrappers but had to keep putting them on because the wrappers the couple purchased did not have a good clip on them.The fact that the groom stood there learing at him did not help. There was no hole in the top tier in my pictures, In their pictures it is obviously a finger hole that was made by someone after we left. The Yankees emblem on the top tier was done with an edible image as requested and is completely edible as is the Yankees symbol on the front cake. As for the cake being the wrong kind, this man needs to learn his terminology. He requested one kind of cake for his take home tier and another kind of cake for his cutting cake. His terminology in his email has them backwards. So he will get his golden yellow/ devils food cake on his first anniversary. I also want to mention that I personally came in on a Monday, my only day off and spent three hours doing this cake and then we delivered it to an outside wedding in 90 degree heat, on a Monday!!. If there was any icing not covering his cupcakes, believe me it melted! It is a travesty that people are allowed to go on the internet and write anything they want with no regard to truth or fairness. To all of you who may read this I apologize for this guys abuse of freedom of speech. Please feel free to join our thousands of happy customers. We wish you love, joy and happiness. Best Read less
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Jacquelyn
Wedding:
5/22/2016
2.4/5.0
Communicating with Merry was a challenge. I have a gluten allergy, and she took 5 days to reply to a voicemail I left her asking which one of our samples was gluten free. She told us it was labelled before we left, and when we got home we discovered that it was not labelled. I called her right away and left a message. I called rather than emailing because I have had previous emails to her go completely unanswered. She replied via email 5 days later. Our samples were stale by that time. I did not want to risk getting sick, so I wasn't able to sample any cake. My husband said that all but 2 flavors of cake were dry, and he tried them right away. We also did not get all of the flavors we requested to sample ahead of time (and were ready to pay for). We only ordered our wedding cake through her because our cake was included with our package at the Shawnee Inn. I bought a gluten free cake from another bakery in Stroudsberg for myself and our other guests with allergies.
She made many unprofessional comments during our meeting about how the wedding is all about the bride, the groom is just along for the ride, and she "knows" that he doesn't care about the decisions I make. Maybe that was the case 40 years ago, but my husband and I are equal partners who planned our wedding together. I wrote this off as a generational difference, and perhaps a cultural difference (we love the Poconos but they can be isolated and a bit behind the times) but given the rest of our negative experience, it is worth mentioning.
Our wedding cake looked nothing like the picture we gave her. We wanted textured buttercream, but her execution just looked sloppy. I was actually embarrassed by how the cake looked. If it weren't for the fresh flowers from our florist adorning the cake, I don't think I would have even wanted it on display at our wedding. I didn't eat any, but I heard from an honest guest that each flavor was dry except the maple bacon. I would 100% not hire Merry's
Communicating with Merry was a challenge. I have a gluten allergy, and she took 5 days to reply to a voicemail I left her Read more...
Communicating with Merry was a challenge. I have a gluten allergy, and she took 5 days to reply to a voicemail I left her asking which one of our samples was gluten free. She told us it was labelled before we left, and when we got home we discovered that it was not labelled. I called her right away and left a message. I called rather than emailing because I have had previous emails to her go completely unanswered. She replied via email 5 days later. Our samples were stale by that time. I did not want to risk getting sick, so I wasn't able to sample any cake. My husband said that all but 2 flavors of cake were dry, and he tried them right away. We also did not get all of the flavors we requested to sample ahead of time (and were ready to pay for). We only ordered our wedding cake through her because our cake was included with our package at the Shawnee Inn. I bought a gluten free cake from another bakery in Stroudsberg for myself and our other guests with allergies.
She made many unprofessional comments during our meeting about how the wedding is all about the bride, the groom is just along for the ride, and she "knows" that he doesn't care about the decisions I make. Maybe that was the case 40 years ago, but my husband and I are equal partners who planned our wedding together. I wrote this off as a generational difference, and perhaps a cultural difference (we love the Poconos but they can be isolated and a bit behind the times) but given the rest of our negative experience, it is worth mentioning.
Our wedding cake looked nothing like the picture we gave her. We wanted textured buttercream, but her execution just looked sloppy. I was actually embarrassed by how the cake looked. If it weren't for the fresh flowers from our florist adorning the cake, I don't think I would have even wanted it on display at our wedding. I didn't eat any, but I heard from an honest guest that each flavor was dry except the maple bacon. I would 100% not hire Merry's Read less
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Merry's Custom Cakes responded with the following comments:

Ouch, I hope all the people in my area and my age group are not offended. I'm sorry if you felt the cakes were dry I have never received any other complaints about them before. I apologize about my response time. As a business owner who also works the business and decorates all the cakes it is a nearly impossible to get to customers as fast as I would like too. I always put the orders going out first. We wish you the best.
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Karen
Wedding:
5/21/2016
4.8/5.0
We loved the wedding cake Merry made for us! Everyone at our wedding (me and my husband included) thought the cake was gorgeous and tasted delicious! My mother marveled at the edible flowers on it. There are a GREAT number of available flavors for cake and icing to choose from at Merry's shop. Our cake looked just the way we had described it :-) The cake was delivered in a timely fashion, and we felt the price of the cake was a good value, as well. Thank you, Merry, for helping to make our wedding day so special!
We loved the wedding cake Merry made for us! Everyone at our wedding (me and my husband included) thought the cake was Read more...
We loved the wedding cake Merry made for us! Everyone at our wedding (me and my husband included) thought the cake was gorgeous and tasted delicious! My mother marveled at the edible flowers on it. There are a GREAT number of available flavors for cake and icing to choose from at Merry's shop. Our cake looked just the way we had described it :-) The cake was delivered in a timely fashion, and we felt the price of the cake was a good value, as well. Thank you, Merry, for helping to make our wedding day so special! Read less
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Lynette
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
I absolutely love Merry's custom cakes. I've been ordering from her for over a year now. Her cakes are amazing and they taste great. I will continue to only use her service . thank you Merry for helping me make my event special. I look forward to doing more buisness with you in the next few weeks .
I absolutely love Merry's custom cakes. I've been ordering from her for over a year now. Her cakes are amazing and they Read more...
I absolutely love Merry's custom cakes. I've been ordering from her for over a year now. Her cakes are amazing and they taste great. I will continue to only use her service . thank you Merry for helping me make my event special. I look forward to doing more buisness with you in the next few weeks . Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.7/5.0
My husband and I were so pleased with our wedding cake that Merry created for our July 2014 wedding in Stroudsburg. What stands out the most with Merry’s cakes is the GIGANTIC flavor selection and customization options…and of course, the TASTE! Our wedding venue offered a cake with our package, but we opted instead for Merry’s services because we really wanted some more options, someone who specializes in this sort of thing, and her prices are unbelievably reasonable…especially since we wanted a fondant covered cake. And then once we tasted her cakes at a sampling, we were sold. They are DELICIOUS and we wish we could eat them every day! When we went for our consultation, we gave her photos from Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet which included fondant, sugar flowers, and metallic foil detail. I’ll admit that the final product didn’t look ‘precisely’ like the photos, so if you are looking to have an exact replica of something, keep that in mind. But the cake still looked VERY beautiful and Merry created something that was clean, colorful, pretty, and unique and our guests all loved the look and…THE TASTE!! We were very happy with it and we CAN’T WAIT to eat the top tier on our first anniversary!!!! I would definitely recommend Merry’s Custom Cakes – great value for the money and super yummy.
My husband and I were so pleased with our wedding cake that Merry created for our July 2014 wedding in Stroudsburg. What Read more...
My husband and I were so pleased with our wedding cake that Merry created for our July 2014 wedding in Stroudsburg. What stands out the most with Merry’s cakes is the GIGANTIC flavor selection and customization options…and of course, the TASTE! Our wedding venue offered a cake with our package, but we opted instead for Merry’s services because we really wanted some more options, someone who specializes in this sort of thing, and her prices are unbelievably reasonable…especially since we wanted a fondant covered cake. And then once we tasted her cakes at a sampling, we were sold. They are DELICIOUS and we wish we could eat them every day! When we went for our consultation, we gave her photos from Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet which included fondant, sugar flowers, and metallic foil detail. I’ll admit that the final product didn’t look ‘precisely’ like the photos, so if you are looking to have an exact replica of something, keep that in mind. But the cake still looked VERY beautiful and Merry created something that was clean, colorful, pretty, and unique and our guests all loved the look and…THE TASTE!! We were very happy with it and we CAN’T WAIT to eat the top tier on our first anniversary!!!! I would definitely recommend Merry’s Custom Cakes – great value for the money and super yummy. Read less
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