About this Vendor

Wedding Cakes, Specialty Desserts

Simply Desserts (formerly To A Tea) provides wedding cakes, all occasion cakes, custom cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, etc. We take pride in everything we create. We are located in Gainesville, VA. We can schedule appointments on Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.


Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Wedding Categories

Cake Delivery + Setup, Cake Tastings, Cakes + Desserts


Contact Info

14035 Promenade Commons Street, Gainesville, VA (703) 754-2257

Best cake, best design, best service!

Reviewed on 1/25/2016

Kimberly and her crew at Simply Desserts made the cake part of our wedding the easiest part of our wedding. We purchased a package deal for our ceremony and catering, and weren't impressed with their wedding cake. My sister recommended Simply Desserts based on a Google search,... Read More and we called to set up a tasting based on the excellent reviews. We were not disappointed! Kimberly had several cheesecake bites and a variety of really great tastes available for us, and her cake-art was on display in the kitchen and in many, many pictures they have for previous weddings. Her cake was one of the best I've had, and our guests were equally impressed. The butterscotch with the chocolate fill was a particular favorite. The process was easy, and they were great at helping my then-fiancée with the design. I wish I could attach a picture, because the final result was so much more than we expected. We don't like fondant, but the way she worked the buttercream, you couldn't tell it wasn't fondant! It was just beautiful, and ended up in so many pictures sent to us by our guests. The best part? You get to eat the WHOLE cake, because she includes an anniversary cake as part of the package. No freezer-burnt cake on your 1-year anniversary! It was just the right size for our 25-person party, and again, the BEST cake I've had! It was easy to get the cake we wanted, that exceeded our expectations. Make it easy for you, just go to Simply Desserts and let Kimberly wow you too!

2016-01-25T15:14:48 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for the awesome review! We look forward to seeing you at your 1 year anniversary and anytime before that:)

Reviewed on 10/06/2016 Pamela J

Ms. McDonald is a truly gifted and wonderful artist! We cannot say enough about the professionalism and support she provided us throughout this process. Our 5 tier cake exceeded our expectations and every guest at our 150+ person wedding raved about the quality and flavor.... Read More All three flavor choices we selected were fantastic! I will go to her for all my cake and cupcake needs and so should everyone else! FIVE STARS AND MORE

2016-10-07T11:29:56 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much! I was extremely happy with the cake and loved creating it. I look forward to seeing you when you order your 1st year anniversary cake next year.....or sooner for a dessert!

July Bride

Reviewed on 8/03/2013 Liz F

I stumbled across Simply Desserts online at the very beginning of my search for a baker! For our first meeting, Kimberly had quite a few selections of cake for us to try and also had a number of icings and fillings so we really had a lot of options! When it came to designing... Read More what we wanted (we ended up going with a cupcake tower and a 6 inch cake on top), they were so flexible and creative - and they listened to my input and created exactly what I wanted. Their final product was beautiful and delicious. We are so very happy we chose Simply Desserts... and our wedding guests were too! :)

Reviewed on 4/20/2017 Kenny K

Simply Desserts was simply amazing. Wonderful service and an excellent product. We ordered assorted desserts for a sweets table during our wedding reception. From cookies, to shooters, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and cake pops - every item was a hit. It was a pleasure working with... Read More the staff during the planning process and there were no issues during the delivery and set up. I highly recommended Simply Desserts for any event, especially for weddings!

2017-04-22T17:35:12 Response from the vendor

Thanks Kenny! Best wishes to you and your bride!!

Reviewed on 3/21/2017 Erika T

Loved our wedding cake and cupcakes! Beautifully done exactly how we requested. Delivery and cake stand rentals were super easy. We chose lavender with honey lemon buttercream and the cappuccino with mocha swiss buttercream. Both were amazing, the lavender flavor was very... Read More unique. You also get an anniversary wedding cake around your 1 year... so you don't have to freeze anything! The bakery owner, Kim, is a very nice lady and responsive. My husband and I would highly recommend Simply Desserts.

2017-03-22T11:04:01 Response from the vendor

Thank you very much for the review. It was a pleasure working with you both. I look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed on 3/21/2017 Monique J

Beautiful and delicious. Their buttercream icing is perfect. All 3 layers were different flavors and they were all excellent. I found the price to be very reasonable. They arranged fresh flowers that I provided on the cake the day of my wedding. Wonderful.

Reviewed on 3/17/2017 Lindsey C

Simply Desserts was such a pleasure to work with and really captured my vision for our cake! Everyone loved it and raved about how moist and delicious it was! Will be ordering pretty much all my cakes through them from now on!

Reviewed on 11/30/2016 Dana W

Simply Desserts was wonderful! Incredibly delicious cake. Kim does amazing work. They were able to create exactly what I envisioned for my wedding cake, right down to the mini fondant versions of our fur-babies! We have received so many compliments from our guests about how... Read More delicious the cake was. I can't wait for our 1 year anniversary to eat it again. If you're looking for a great local cake business, look no further!

2016-11-30T15:36:44 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you in a year if not sooner:)

Reviewed on 11/28/2016 Lindsay K

Dessert was one of my top priorities when planning our wedding and Kimberly and her staff definitely delivered. They were so responsive during the planning process and always seemed willing to listen and work with us. We went with a dessert bar with a small cutting cake,... Read More cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, and dessert shooters. Our guests loved them and so did we. Kimberly's son delivered and set up the dessert bar and he did an awesome job. He incorporated our decorations and other items and created a beautiful display for us. My one piece of advice is to speak up. I appreciated that Kimberly waited for me to ask for things instead of being pushy and telling me how things would go, like other vendors I spoke to, but it could have meant missing out on some of the great things she can do if I hadn't thought to ask for them. For instance, the menu on the website is a great starting point, but they can do so much more! So if there's something you'd like to see, ASK. Chances are good they can make it happen and it will be WONDERFUL. Simply Desserts did an awesome job and I'm so happy we used them for our wedding. (For those of you interested--like I was--here is what was included in our dessert bar. Cutting cake: vanilla cake, cookies and creme filling, Swiss buttercream frosting. Cupcakes: chocolate with chocolate mousse filling and caramel cream cheese frosting; almond cake with strawberry coulis filling and Swiss buttercream frosting; carrot cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Caramel apple and pumpkin mini cheese cakes. Lemon meringue and s'mores dessert shooters.)

2016-11-28T14:58:24 Response from the vendor

Thank you! I enjoyed working with you both. See you soon!

Reviewed on 11/18/2016 Anakarym M

Simply Desserts was the one and only cake place we did a tasting with when considering our wedding cake and we were sold! They not only delivered what all my guests raved to be the most beautiful naked cake they have ever seen, but they also delivered a wedding cake that was... Read More moist, not too sweet and oh so good! We ordered a 5 tier naked cake made up of almond cake with a white Swiss chocolate filling and a lemon champagne with a raspberry cream filling! So delicious. To top it off, we get a fresh cake on our 1 year anniversary versus saving the the top tier for a year which is great because who wants to eat a 1 year old cake that was stuck in the freezer. Pleasure to work with the owner Mrs. Kimberly.

2016-11-20T15:06:24 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for the awesome review! We enjoyed creating your wedding cake. Can't wait until we see you both again!

Reviewed on 11/16/2016 Christina S

This place was absolutely amazing! My cake was beautiful and delicious. I would definitely recommend this bakery. One of the best cakes I've ever tasted.

2016-11-16T17:00:23 Response from the vendor

Thank you Christina! Looking forward to seeing you and your husband when you pick up your anniversary cake next year, or, sooner!

Reviewed on 10/29/2016 Kimberly W

Simply desserts was the only place we went where I felt like they really made our tasting special. They worked with us a ton on our cake design and we couldn't be more happy with how it turned out! The cake was beautiful and delicious. Can't wait til our anniversary so we can... Read More eat that delicious cake again! This time we aren't sharing! Thank you simply desserts!

Reviewed on 10/24/2016 Chase M

Simply Desserts was amazing. They now only made a fantastic cake and delivered it perfectly on time, but also went above and beyond and made a specific recipe for Italian cookies that my mother-in-law was craving. We will definitely be going back (and actually, already have)!

2016-10-25T09:54:15 Response from the vendor

Thank you! We loved making the cake and cookies for your September wedding. We can't wait to see you both in the store again!

Reviewed on 10/05/2016 Megan W

The taste testing went fantastic! They were flexible too and put together another sample tray so that my husband could try the options when he returned from deployment. The cake turned out beautiful and exactly as we wanted!! We would highly recommend this cake company!

2016-10-05T11:40:41 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the review. We look forward to seeing you when you pick up the 1st year complimentary anniversary cake...or sooner?

Reviewed on 8/29/2016 Megan K

I can't say enough good things about them! Our guests LOVED the cake and many told us they went back for seconds. The cake was as beautiful as well and exactly what I wanted. They also had a quick response time and wonderful tasting. Highly recommend Simply Desserts!!

2016-08-29T15:45:36 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the awesome review. Please visit us anytime and of course don't forget about your 1 year anniversary cake next year.

Reviewed on 8/08/2016 Ryan S

Simply Desserts was absolutely perfect and I couldn't be happier with the amazing cake and desserts they provided. We had a cutting cake and mini dessert tower that was so delicious that I didn't even get to eat any! They were devoured by my lucky guests who are still raving... Read More about their favorites! I would recommend Simply Desserts time and time again for a flawless execution!!!

2016-08-09T09:57:12 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the beautiful review. We hope to see you again soon if not before then when you pick up your 1 year complimentary anniversary cake.

Reviewed on 7/31/2016 Abby R

I came across Simply Desserts through a recommendation from one of my bridesmaids! I am so happy we were able to meet and taste their delicious cakes and desserts. We went with a small, semi-clad cake with raspberry filling and it was to die for!!! My husband and I were so happy... Read More with the offer for an anniversary cake because we couldn’t wait to eat the rest of the cake the day after our wedding. We also did a dessert bar with mini lemon blueberry cheesecakes, chocolate chip cookie shooters, and cake pops - ALL were incredible!!! I made it a point to try everything because I knew how good it would all be. Our guests loved how easy each dessert piece was to pick up and eat and enjoy. We were so happy with everything from Simply Desserts and cannot wait for our anniversary cake! Thank you!

2016-07-31T16:33:00 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again when you pick up your complimentary 1 year anniversary cake or sooner!

Wedding Cake

Reviewed on 1/29/2016

Simply Desserts provided us with a gorgeous and delicious wedding cake. Our tasting was personal and special, and all of our visions came to light in our cake. I love looking at pictures of our magical wedding cake and can't wait to use Simply Desserts for a special occasion... Read More again! Thank you!

Unbelievable Cupcakes!

Reviewed on 1/25/2016 Lauren E

You will not regret using Simply Desserts! They were the BEST cupcakes I have ever tasted! Kimberly was extremely helpful with the process and willingly to make my dreams come true! Every cake flavor was moist and every icing was incredible. You won't be disappointed. I... Read More can't wait to use them again.

2016-01-26T08:34:51 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the review! We enjoyed working with you throughout the process. Your venue was great and the set up provided for the cupcakes with your added detail made the table look awesome! We look forward to working with you again!

Reviewed on 10/07/2015 Madalyn R

I can't get over how phenomenal our wedding cake was! It was as beautiful as it was delicious. We have actually had guests calling us post wedding to share how wonderful it was complete raving about how it was the best cake they've ever tasted! In fact we enjoyed it so much... Read More we are asking for a 30th birthday cake!


Reviewed on 9/15/2015 Aimee G

Wonderful! The desserts flew off the table. I chose "unique service" because we did not just get a wedding cake but also a huge array of desserts. Shooters, cake pops, bars, cheesecakes, etc. Tasting was included for 2 and we were allowed to bring extra people for a small price.... Read More Wonderful wonderful perfect.

2015-09-16T09:13:49 Response from the vendor

Thank you Aimee! We enjoyed working with you both. So happy for you and best wishes! See you in a year for the anniversary cake (or sooner :))

Love this place!!

Reviewed on 9/15/2015 Aimee G

Wonderful! The desserts flew off the table. I chose "unique service" because we did not just get a wedding cake but also a huge array of desserts. Shooters, cake pops, bars, cheesecakes, etc. Tasting was included for 2 and we were allowed to bring extra people for a small price.... Read More Wonderful wonderful perfect.

Reviewed on 9/04/2015

I went to Simply Desserts after several disappointing cake tastings with other companies. My previous experience gave me either sky high price quotes or a very limited set of choices for flavor. Simply Desserts gave me straight forward pricing that I could see right on the... Read More website. Our tasting was very fun, relaxed and delicious. We were given lots of options and informed that if there was something we wanted that wasn't on the table they could make it happen for us. Before the wedding, when I went crazy anxious and emailed and called with questions and bridal worries, they were very friendly and reassuring. We had our favorite video game as a subtle(very subtle) theme to our wedding and Simply Desserts did a fantastic job of working in our theme without going over the top. On the day of the wedding our cake was delivered when they said it would be, was even more delicious than I remember from my tasting and (all my guests agreed) the best tasting cake I've ever had. We had almond cake with several different fillings (white chocolate, chocolate fudge, lemon curd, raspberry). Me and my husband can't wait for our first year anniversary to have it again. We've been thinking of excuses to order something else! I'd highly recommend Simply Desserts for your wedding and have already recommended them to other brides who are planning their weddings.

Great Cake

Reviewed on 8/18/2015 Suzie E

The cake was beautiful and absolutely delicious. I actually had guests asking for seconds. They were also really easy to work with. Loved it!

2015-08-19T19:14:06 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much! It was a pleasure working with you. Best wishes and welcome to Virginia!

Reviewed on 7/21/2015

Simply Desserts won our bid for best flavor and best cake after tasting from many local bakeries. The cake was expertly decorated and delivered on time. The perfect cake received multiple unsolicited positive remarks from everyone at our event. Complex decadent flavors and... Read More delicate texture Simply Desserts cake made us rock stars at our event.


Meet The Owner

Kimberly McDonald

I am the proud owner of Simply Desserts, a new storefront in Gainesville. After 9 years of operating a license home business I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of owning a storefront. My intention is to have a business that creates wedding cakes, custom cakes as well as a variety of different desserts. I am a self taught baker and cake designer and love creating cakes!