About this Vendor
"I Can't Believe It's Not Fondant"!
$$ – Affordable
Cake Accessories, Cake Delivery + Setup, Cake Tastings, Cakes + Desserts
Our daughter's fabulous wedding cake June 7, 2014Reviewed on 6/13/2014 Ida D
Cenora at Cake Panache is an absolute creative genius and extraordinarily talented. Cenora made the most elegant chemistry themed wedding cake for our daughter with a double helix on each layer and the oxytoxin sign piped on the top layer. It was exquisite and there was always a crowd around the table deep in thought and discussion. Her sugar flowers on the top looked like our daughter's real bouquet. She matched the flowers and colors superbly and she accomplished all of this using butter cream icing! The taste was superb. From the beginning, with our unique and amazing tasting at her home bakery. It was hard to choose flavors, so we had multiple flavors. Such a professional, she described the structural system and the cake boxes used for delivery. She included directions for our venue to pack everything up and provided both the boxes and the bags. She also provided freezing instructions for the top layer. During the design process, she provided computer-generated photos until we came up with a final design and she was patient the entire time. This was her first chemistry themed cake and she truly outdid herself with this one.
Cake Panache is fabulous for wedding cakes -- highly recommendReviewed on 11/20/2013 Julie E
We first learned of Cake Panache from Clyde's Willow Creek Farm, as a recommended vendor. For us, it was the perfect choice. Cenora White, the owner, spelled out everything to perfection in advance; the cake-tasting, the contract, the "rough-draft design," the site delivery, and the final product. Furthermore, she was gracious and professional, with our various questions. We had about 30 flavors from which to choose and close to 100 designs. In addition to our beautiful cake -- ours tasted DELICIOUS. It was Real Food, more than just a beautiful design. For those of you in the Washington, DC Metro area, you cannot go wrong with this vendor. No it's not the cheapest, but it's among the best.
Heavenly cake, almost too beautiful to eat!Reviewed on 10/26/2013 Jennifer C
Cake Panache stood out from the other bakers that we interviewed by their professionalism, their superior cake delivery system and their true-to-life sugar work. That said, that is why I hired them -- working with Cenora was an absolute pleasure! Her cake flavors were so delicious that we ended up selecting 4 different flavors for the wedding and groom's cake. Their artistry on the sugar flowers and leaves is unbelievable! Our wedding florist even complimented the sugar work. I had enough cake so that each guest could sample all of the flavors, and at the end of the reception, nearly all of the cake was gone. Everyone raved about it! I would recommend Cake Panache very highly.
Excellent Customer ServiceReviewed on 10/07/2013 Lance F
The owner Cenora White provided excellent customer service throughout the process from the cake tasting to delivery on the wedding day. Cenora was very easy to work with and everything was provided as described in the contract. The cake design was beautiful.
Dreams Do Come TrueReviewed on 10/05/2013 Shederia J
I first saw an example of Cake Panache's talent while visiting the salon where I purchased my gown. At first glimpse, I knew that if they could conceive of the cake that was displayed at the salon, Cake Panache could take my ideas and make them a reality. Cake Panache's owner, Cenora, is an absolute gem. Very professional. Very informative about what she offered and the care that would be taken in delivering the cake. Her samplings were numerous but we knew we could not have them all. She captured our ideas in two beautiful illustrations. Throughout the process, no question was left unanswered and her responses to my emails were always timely and complete. The final product was absolute perfection. The most beautiful and flavorful cake that we've ever seen. The buttercream fooled everyone - looked exactly like fondant. The edible sugar peonies were exquisitely hand-crafted, dusted with purple and accented with crystal centers. Cenora created lace that surrounded the cake layers to resemble my gown. As we cut into the cake, it was hard to hold back the tears of being overwhelmed by carving into its beauty but so pleased that I was able to share the cake with my guests. Everyone commented on how beautiful the cake was, even the guys. And, yes, even friends and relatives that could not attend made comments about the cake from pictures other relatives and friends had taken. There's no way you would ever regret having Cake Panache design your wedding cake. We just can't express how happy we still are with our selection and Cenora's design. Thank goodness for the pictures we have to remind us. Thank you Cenora.
Cake Panache Perfection!Reviewed on 10/02/2013 Kris W
We contracted with Cake Panache in November 2012 to provide our wedding cake for a May 2013 ceremony. Throughout those six months, from the original cake tasting date until our wedding day, the customer service and professionalism was top notch! We were greeted for the tasting with a plethora of options, pictures, samples, and more than ample time to spend during the tasting, without being rushed or pressured. The designing phase for our cake was conducted and completed in the same manner. We were provided very professional-looking, color, sketches of our ideas, in a timely manner, and with ever change, regardless of how minor, (which we had several) we were provided a new sketch. They were very thoughtful in suggestions for the cake but also very mindful as to what our desires and needs were for the flavors and designs. Now for the best part...the taste! The cake was super-fresh, the flavors were divine, and the design was immaculate! We provided samples of our wedding colors and the cake icing matched the colors perfectly. We could not have asked for better! The delivery and set-up of the cake on our wedding day was on-time, efficient, and orderly as were the instructions for returning a few of the cake components after the wedding. Our only regret is that Cake Panache only provides wedding cakes, as my husband has requested the services of Cake Panache to provide for every occasion possible, since the wedding. The feeling of assurance and quality that we received from Cake Panache from day one, left us never to worry, throughout the planning process, if our cake would be up-to-par. We would recommend Cake Panache to anyone that wants to rest assured in their decision for a cake vendor...after all, there are plenty of other things to worry about for your wedding day! Of all the things to look forward to for our first anniversary, at the top of that list is having a chance to eat our "First anniversay layer" from our wedding cake.
Heavenly Cake of Floating RosesReviewed on 10/02/2013 Savannah B
It was a blessing to have Cake Panache design and make the cake for our wedding. Their level of professionalism is truly unparalleled. My husband and I enjoyed the process of building our dream cake from the amazing cake tasting to finished product. Needless to say...our cake reflected our combined sense of style, tasted delicious and was well worth every penny. We highly recommend any couple who is in search of the perfect wedding cake to choose Cake Panache. Please note that our cake was so mind-blowing that the top layer lasted only until after the honeymoon. I guess we must order a new cake for our anniversary :-)
Amazing Wedding cakeReviewed on 7/17/2013 Christina B
After trying several vendors in the Northern VA area, we elected to go with Cake Panache. While it was definitely the most expensive option, the quality was miles beyond the other bakeries. Cenora was delightful; she worked with us on sketches and flavors. The cake arrived on time, and in impeccable condition. And it was DELICIOUS!!! We didn't just have a wedding cake, we had a gourmet dessert. I would highly recommend her!!
Great Tasting Cake!Reviewed on 10/02/2012 Cathleen G
Let's face it, wedding cake usually isn't the best tasting... however, ours WAS. Everyone commented on how delicious it was. We loved it. My only complaint is that the cake I got looked nothing like I envisioned (luckily I was the only one who noticed that, and it still coordinated with our wedding). Just make sure you are very clear with what you want and that Cenora, the owner, is on the same page as you.
Best Cakes in Northern VA!Reviewed on 8/20/2012 Allison K
Cenora and the team at Cake Panache are hands down the BEST bakers in Northern Virginia. Their services were absolutely amazing, and people talked about the cake for days to come! We were so pleased with both the design, and the flavor of both the wedding and groom's cake - we cannot say enough great things. Everything about this team is top notch - I would recommend them to everyone getting married in the DC metro area.
Incredible!Reviewed on 5/10/2012 Selina B
Cenora made the cake of my dreams! Not only did it look beautiful, but it was amazingly good. Our guests were thrilled, my husband was thrilled and I was more than delighted. I asked her to copy our wedding invitation design and she not only did but she made the design elegant and beautiful. If you want an elegant, delious cake that everyone will remember - this is the one for you!
Best wedding cake ever!!Reviewed on 4/19/2012 Maria S
Cenora was the first cake vendor we visited. The cake samples we tasted were delicious and we were impressed with her professionalism, however we wanted to do our homework and look at all of our options. After visiting several highly rated vendors, we knew that Cenora and Cake Panache was the perfect choice for us. We loved her technic of making icing look like fondant, she gave us a lot design ideas to choose from and we felt very confortable with the packaging and delivery. We were so happy with the final product and everyone at our wedding loved it, the cake looked beautiful and tasted even better. We would definitely recommend Cake Panache for any of our friend’s future weddings!!
Details! Details! Details!Reviewed on 1/19/2012 Le'Aun I
I chose Cake Panache for not only my wedding, but every event leading up to it -- engagement party, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner (groom's cake), and of course my wedding cake. For each event, Cenora managed to coordinate the colors, decorations and themes into the cake design. As an Event Coordinator by profession, I am extremely attentive to detail, and was more than pleased with Cenora's ability to grab details from my dress, decor, etc. to tie into each cake design. I was absolutely blown away with the job that she did on my wedding cake! I used deco beads and submersible lights in my center pieces, and to my surprise, she included a hugh display in the center of my cake with the same design! Absolutely stunning! Also included was the intricate bead work of my designer wedding gown on each tier! Her work is exquisite -- and is coupled with her warm, welcoming personality. I've recommended her for several events, and will continue to do so. You absolutely will not go wrong choosing Cake Panache as your wedding cake vendor!
Cake did not look as it was displayed on website and shown in picsReviewed on 1/14/2012 P K
I ordered a cake which I choose after I saw it on cake panache website and totally fell in love with when I saw a display of it in person. The cake had brown drapery falling down 3 tiers in a zig-zag manner. However, the cake that was delivered was not designed that well. Drapery part was so thin width then what was shown and it was not done neatly. Cake itself did not taste fresh. I would expected more for the money charged. i ordered sugar flowers, but they didn't taste very good. I would suggest to choose to put fresh flowers, it will be cheaper that way.
Dream Vendor!Reviewed on 11/30/2011 Suzanne B
Cenora was great. During our consultation, she gave us at least 7 different cakes to sample, and they were all amazing. I'm not much of a frosting person, but the frosting she uses isn't the overly sweet type. It was really good (which is perfect, since my new hubby decided I should eat a huge dollop during the reception!!). And the way she makes frosting look like fondant is amazing. So smooth!! She has full size cake samples set up as well as a ton of photos to look at for ideas and inspiration. Then you can mix and match ideas to make the perfect cake! She even created a sketch of our cake for us to make sure it was exactly as we had envisioned and discussed. She made a beautiful sugar peony (flower) for the top of our cake. It was truly stunning. It looked REAL!! All the guests were in awe. I am planning to save the flower and put it on display in my house. Cenora says they can last forever. And it’s simply too gorgeous to eat!! She is flexible and easy to work with. And my reception venue said she is a dream vendor.
This is who you should use!Reviewed on 11/04/2011 Natalie D
I tried a baker that a friend recommended to me; something with their cake's frosting wasn't right. I found the great reviews for Cake Panache and gave them a try. Best decision ever! Cenora was the most professional, friendly, helpful, reliable, and TALENTED baker you could ever ask for. Her cakes are sooo delicious. You get to try a lot of different flavors. We chose her chocolate with raspberry, and vanilla with raspberry. They were both to-die-for! I could tell that she genuinely cared about the cake being exactly what I wanted. She had some great ideas to accent the design I showed her, too. I wish I could give her more than five stars for the Quality, Service, and Value categories because she truly is the best baker you could ever ask for. She is also incredibly organized. She leaves a bag with the venue when she delivers your cake, which includes a large ziploc bag to return the cake supports in (which has a PHOTO of the supports on it!), indicates how many there should be; leaves boxes for the leftover cake; leaves instructions for freezing the anniversary tier... She was very impressive in her organization; I'm so thankful I found her. :)
wedding cakeReviewed on 10/14/2011 cassandra S
Cenora is so nice and professional, we loved having her as our cake baker. Her cakes are so good!
Very proffesional from start to finish. Cake exceeded all expectations with looks and taste. Many guests had seconds and thirds! Highly recommend
Sugar Flowars and Butter cream frosting!Reviewed on 7/13/2011 Scott A
We were referred to Cake Panache by another vendor that was taking some time off. What a Blessing!! Cenora, was a pleasure to work with and provided everything we needed for our daughters wedding cake. She makes amazing sugar flowers. The photographer couldn't believe that the were not real, but made of sugar. Cake Panache is one of few area bakers that offers buttercream frosting over fondant, and after tasting it, I can't imagine anyone wanting anything else! The final product was amazing and we couldn't have been happier. One final thing..unlike many or most wedding cakes...this cake was delicious! Hat's off to a excellent baker! Would recommend to anyone!
CakeReviewed on 7/04/2011 Melissa E
OMG! By far the best wedding cake I have ever had. Cenora and her team did such an amazing job. The cake was perfect and so delicious.
Cake Panache ReviewReviewed on 6/06/2011 Ann D
When my daughter in law told me she had found a woman in her home in Ashburn for the cake I was a little concerned. I thought she found someone who did this on the side and maybe not a true baker. Then I was asked to deliver the cake topper. .. O M G ! I was blown away from the moment Cenora opened the door. She was dressed as the professional she is . The entire level of her home is a cake studio beyond my wildest dreams. She is set up with the most professional equipment I have ever seen and I worked in the resturant business for many years. She has full size display cakes there for you to see and touch and a book with her work and a seperate room for photographs. I was in awe ! When the cake arrived at the reception I was speechless. The colors matched perfectly. Everyone thought the flowers were real ! Her design was perfect. On top of all that, NO FONDANT ! We had buttercream icing that looked like fondant. It was not that icky thick stuff you peal off. It was delicous. She sized the cake perfectly for the number of guest. I cannot say enough about how impressed I was with Cenora of Cake Panache. You will not be sorry. Once you go for a tasting you wont go anywhere else. Thanks so much for making such an amazing cake ! There was a little leftover.. I think I'll have some of it now !!! Thanks again and again
The Perfect Cake!Reviewed on 5/11/2011 Adrianna S
This was the easiest decision of the whole wedding. We had a short engagement so planning the wedding was a tad stressful. After many frustrating days of searching for wedding dresses, my mom and I decided to pick a cake designer. I heard about Cenora on The Knot and decided to book a tasting. Cenora changed my entire mood. It was the first smile I had had in all of my planning. She was calm, and soothing and confident that her work would be perfect for me (confidence in your vendors is key!) I have been in many weddings and been to many weddings and have had terrible wedding cake. Cenora's was amazing! I didn't care about design, just taste, but Cenora managed to produce a fabulous tasting cake that was decorated exactly as I wanted. We went to Cenora's and she had several cakes on display as well as a sheet of 14 full slices of cake. We looked through books of her previous work and she showed us the different kinds of sugar flowers she could create. We discussed the types of frosting and techniques she could use when making my cake. I found the perfect cake in one of her books. From there we added some special touches for my wedding, changed the colors, added a monogram, etc. Cenora sketched the cake and emailed it to us... perfect! The cake tasting was so much fun. All of the cake flavors were fantastic. We had plenty left overs to take to my fiance so that he could have a say as well. It was a tough decision because all of the flavors were so good... be prepared to be full! These were not cupcake samples, these were full size slices from actual cakes. So we were confident we were tasking exactly what we would have for the wedding. AND Cenora bakes her cakes fresh, not frozen as others in the industry do. Cenora provided a beautiful cake stand and delivered the cake right on time. She even helped out with a special surprise for my groom. It was a huge hit! Her prices were fair and her service was unbeatable. The cake was brilliantly designed with butter cream - not fondant and you couldn't tell the difference until you bit in to the cake and could actually eat the icing (I'm not a fan of fondant) The cake had a beautiful scroll pattern with lots of sugar roses. My groom could not tell that they were fake - he thought the roses came from the florist. I was so pleased with her that my co-worker is already using her for her wedding as well. You need to make an appointment with Cenora right away! You will be so glad you did. And if you go to her first, there will be no need to waste your time visiting with other bakers. Thank you Cenora for my perfect wedding cake! I absolutely loved it and got so many compliments.
Wonderul!Reviewed on 4/27/2011 Renee S
From the minute we walked in to meet with Cenora at Cake Panache' we were confident that our cake would be exactly the way we imagined. The tasting was very professional and everything looked and tasted amazing! I would highly recommend Cake Panache' and have already given out their information to several people and I am confident they will be very happy with everything from start to finish!
Quality, Service, ProfessionalReviewed on 4/19/2011 Crystal J
Cenora of Cake Panache is the total package. Professional, customer service and detail oriented. She was extremely patient with me (bride and wedding planner.) During our tasting she was attentive to our original ideas and accommodating when we changed those ideas. She took the initiative to contact our on-site coordinators so that the day of the wedding the delivery and set-up was executed flawlessly. Once we paid for the cake and approved the final design, we didn't have to think about it again. Again as the bride and wedding planner, I greatly appreciated her efforts to work with the coordinators. Our cake was beautiful and simply delicious. Our guests still praise its flavor today. The cake's design helped add an air of elegance to our cocktail reception. We were not only completely satisfied, but thoroughly impressed by Cake Panache and would recommend Cenora to any couple seeking a delicious and exquisitely designed wedding cake.
Great ServiceReviewed on 1/14/2011 Kate H
I was a little skeptical when I had to go to her house for the tasting but I am so glad that I did. Cenora is great to work with and really helped to make my day perfect. She helped me to create a wonderful cake that would fit in perfectly. Her cakes taste and look wonderful. I am so glad that Cenora made my cake!