About this Vendor

A natural approach to the art of baking

At The Baking Institute bakery we are committed to providing our customers with the best quality, handmade, fresh-baked, cakes, cookies and pastries that promote health and well-being. We use all-natural ingredients and never add any artificial additives or preservatives.


Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Dietary Options

Gluten Free, Sugar Free

Wedding Categories

Cake Accessories, Cake Delivery + Setup, Cake Tastings, Cakes + Desserts

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Contact Info

1960 Raymond Drive, North Chicagoland Area, IL (847) 272-5900

Yummy and affordable

Reviewed on 5/17/2014 Stephanie I

Heather and Igor helped organize our wedding cake needs. Our cake looked amazing and tasted so yummy! They also supplied the delicious desserts for our sweet table, which our guests kept complimenting. When we decided to have a brief celebration for our nephew Hudson, who was... Read More turning 1 year old on our wedding day, they offered to make a small cake for him with little pictures of baseballs, basketballs and balloons. They did this for free for us and it meant so much to us and the family. They are affordable and produce cakes that look high end. We would recommend them to any bride and groom.


Reviewed on 4/01/2014 MIchelle L

Our Cake was gorgeous and delicious! Everyone said how "amazing" the cake was!

Beautiful Yummy Cake with excellent service!

Reviewed on 3/24/2014 Sylwia S

I just got married this past weekend and used the Baking Institute as the bakery for my wedding cake and Igor at the bakery was amazing. When my fiance and I walked in a few months ago for our complimentary tasting he was extremely patient and helpful in deciding what we wanted... Read More and when I showed him a picture he agreed with no hesitation and even made a recommendation to add some sparkle to the cake which made it simply elegant and beautiful. Not to mention the cake tasted amazing! My fiance and I both got exactly what we wanted and our guests were extremely satisfied. Thank you Igor, and everyone at the Baking Institute!

Reviewed on 4/05/2018 Jillian S

I was very disappointed with our wedding cake. The venue we hired for our wedding covered the base cost of the cake if you use their vendor (the Baking Institute). The reviews we found were great so we went with it. To start, I made my tasting appointment a month or more ahead... Read More of time online, got an email confirmation, but the day of they said they didn't have us in their system for an appointment. They were very rude about it, but after I got upset that we drove 2 hours for it and I had the email confirmation to prove it, they let us have it any way. I had gone to some of my friends cake testings and they were fun and really made you feel special. Not this one. We wanted a more detailed design on ONE of the layers. It took at least 5 times explaining what we wanted WITH pictures to get it right. Adding fondant and a batman symbol to the one layer was an extra $276. After all that, it came out extremely amateur looking for the hassle and the extra cost - especially considering how nice some of the cakes on their site and in the reviews are.

Reviewed on 2/08/2018 Catherine R

The cake is delicious. Our wedding cake was beautiful, and I will definitely be using them for events in the future.

Reviewed on 12/14/2017 Shasta G

My husband and I did a kind of multi-theme wedding and we were very specific and particular about exactly what we wanted on our cake. The Baking Institute did awesome! They gave us exactly what we wanted without any additional questions or problems. The day of the tasting when... Read More we explained everything they immediately started drawing out a sketch and we knew we would not be disappointed with the outcome. We were still very surprised and happy at how perfectly our cake turned out. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

Reviewed on 11/05/2017 Amie G

My vegan wedding cake was absolutely delicious!

Reviewed on 10/09/2017 Samantha C

I wish I could give it 5 stars! However a few issues arose during the process. First, for my tasting every single frosting choice I made was changed to what the baking institute felt was most popular! I wanted to taste all buttercream because I only like buttercream, my tasting... Read More came and since all of my choices were changed I was unable to taste any buttercream frostings! The only other complaint I have is that my cake was done wrong on my wedding day! The special design we chose was amazing down the back (the avengers), however the front was traditional and supposed to have all crystals on it instead of silver dots because my wedding didn’t have any silver but the cake had the standard silver dots!

Reviewed on 10/09/2017 Ashley B

The Baking Institute baked a yellow cake with lemon bavarian cream for our wedding day. So delicious!! We can't wait to enjoy the top tier on our 1 year anniversary! Thank you!

Reviewed on 9/12/2017 Monica H

I just got married this past weekend and used the Baking Institute as the bakery for my wedding cake. When my fiance and I walked in a few months ago for our complimentary tasting Margo was our designer and the reason my rating is a 4 Star is because Margo was not very patient... Read More or helpful in deciding what we wanted. When I showed her pictures of what I wanted she always had something to complain about and no recommendations. I stood my ground and got the cake that I wanted and it turned out to be elegant and beautiful. And the cake tasted amazing! My fiance and I both got exactly what we wanted in the end.

Reviewed on 8/24/2017 Roxana O

We ordered our wedding cake from The Baking Institute as they are the bakery vendor of our wedding venue. We had communicated with Igor by email in reference to our cake design and brought in a photo of our desired image to our tasting. Igor was very courteous, kind and provided... Read More many useful suggestions!! Our fondant cake design consisted of Chicago sports team colors and their logos. The exterior fondant design could have definitely looked sharper and the colors of the exterior could have been vibrant. Instead, colors were matte, dull and most definitely not vibrant. The colors I am referring to as matte and dull are: red, black, light blue/sky blue, medium blue, navy and orange. The lines of the Chicago Cubs design were not polished and not straight and looked as if they were done by freehand. It consisted of marble (vanilla/chocolate) cake, fresh raspberries and a Bavarian cream filling. It was delicious!!!

Reviewed on 8/07/2017 Gina P

Our wedding cake was so incredible! It was so beautiful and tasted AMZING! We still have wedding guests asking where we got our cake from because they had never had wedding cake so delicious before! I would highly recommend the Baking Institute!

Reviewed on 8/03/2017 Maggie N

We were beyond happy with our wedding cake from the Baking Institute for our June 2017 wedding. They are partnered with our reception venue and we had the best experience. We did not have any idea what we wanted our cake to look like. The samples were amazing and the process was... Read More incredibly straightforward. We chose a white and chocolate layered cake with chocolate buttercream. It looked and tasted incredible! We ended up switching our cake design a few weeks before the wedding and they were more than accommodating. They are extremely kind and talented. We would highly recommend The Baking Institute!!

Reviewed on 7/30/2017 Katie D

Our wedding cake from the Baking Institute was the absolute best cake I've ever had in my life. I don't even really like cake all that much, but this cake was amazing. On the day of my wedding, it was so chaotic, but the only plate I actually finished completely was my wedding... Read More cake - it was THAT good. We did the specialty cake, the Blueberry Grand Marnier, and it was by far worth the extra money. Many of our guests commented on how good the cake was. I can't wait until my 1 year anniversary so I can have some more! I highly recommend this place.

Reviewed on 7/13/2017 Jessica N

Our wedding cake was absolutely perfect! Our guests' only complaint was that they didn't get a big enough slice the first time around. We loved the custard filling. The cake was both delicious and beautiful. I highly recommend using the Baking Institute.

Reviewed on 7/09/2017 Rosy A

Loved my cake!!! Looked exactly like the photo I supplied and tasted superb!! Highly recommend them!!

Reviewed on 7/03/2017 Kelly H

The cake was great! They were able to give us exactly the cake we wanted, and it tasted delicious!

Reviewed on 5/18/2017 Brittany B

Our cake was beautiful and tasted amazing. We were able to choose two flavors to satisfy both of our cravings!

Reviewed on 5/06/2017 Amber V

We got the cake as part of our venue package and it was absolutely gorgeous! The food tasting was quick and easy, and there were so many designs to choose from. Not to mention delicious too!

Reviewed on 4/30/2017 Micaela Z

We loved our cake! We were a bit worried at first since our venue told us this was the bakery that came with the package but it ended up being perfect! When we went to the tasting, it was so easy to schedule and they were so helpful in making the design we wanted. We decided on... Read More a mixed cake with 2 tiers a marble (which was delicious btw) and the top tier lemon. Well, they gave us 2 lemon and 1 marble which at first I was worried about but ended up being a blessing. So many guests loved the lemon with the white chocolate mousse! It was moist and just delicious. Such great flavor.

Reviewed on 1/15/2017 Allie B

A cake from them was included in our reception package. They cake was delicious and beautiful day of! They tasting was quick and simple as well.

Reviewed on 8/01/2016 Shyrene H

The package at our venue (Esplanade Lakes) included the wedding cake, which was from The Baking Institute. My (now) husband and I love sweets, and cake is my personal favorite, so I was most excited for the cake tasting. I loved everything I tried. All the flavors we chose were... Read More moist and yummy. We ended up choosing 3 different flavors, and asked our venue coordinator to please make sure we received 1 of each the night of the wedding! :) Again, come wedding day, all 3 flavors were delicious. The cake was beautiful and looked exactly as we imagined. We also had a sweets table at the wedding, but unfortunately, my hubby and I were too busy to even try anything, but everyone raved about it! We couldn't have been happier with The Baking Institute!

Reviewed on 7/12/2016 Ladoris J

My cake was personally designed by my husband and it came out exactly as he designed! And it was absolutely delicious.

Reviewed on 6/29/2016 Marzena B

The Baking Institute is a true cake artist! Not only do the cakes looks great, but they taste delicious! We ordered both our groom's cake and wedding cake from The Baking Institute, and the cakes turned out amazing. We received many compliments from our guests, including "That... Read More was some good cake... I've been talking about that cake all last night." They definitely brought our vision to life!

Reviewed on 3/03/2016 Chearee M

We used the baking institute because our cake was included through our venue. We went for the cake tasting and paid extra for fresh fruit. The cake was delicious the day of the wedding; HOWEVER, the design we requested was completing wrong. We paid extra for crystals to be... Read More scattered along the cake and showed a picture to describe it. The lady helping us "drew" it out on her form. Instead of crystals, we received little colored dots and the tacky strip of crystals along the base. I tried contacting them to request a partial refund (not full because the cake tasted good) and they told me the cake was as I requested and drawn. I sent the picture the email address and they told me "Igor" would contact me; however, it has been 6 months and no word from Igor and sent a follow-up email a month later and still have not heard back. Their communication is poor and they should have requested the picture instead of drawing. If you are looking solely for taste, they are great, but if you would like your cake to be designed as requested, then choose a different vendor!