Jenkins and I continued our cake hunt at April Cakes in Vancouver. April works out of her house near Cambie & 16th and was Keith’s cake baker for his wedding a couple of years ago. When I told Keith that I was looking for a wedding cake, he recommended April and told me that he liked her cakes so much that he booked her right on the spot! April organizes her cake consultations on her website and you sign up for a block of time, which can be booked by multiple people (I think). While you are waiting, you can chat with some of April’s friends, who are also in the wedding industry. She does tell you this upfront so I was not caught off guard and actually got some tips from the wedding vendors.
April presented us with a plate of cake samples while we waited so that by the time we met with her, we would be able to discuss our favourite flavours right away.
The strawberry shortcake (top left) was a vanilla cake with strawberry compote, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries on top. I liked the contrast of the fresh strawberries with the moist vanilla cake and thought that this would make a good cake, especially in the summer.
Next, we had the white chocolate ganache with rasberry preserves (top right). I felt that the white chocolate was a bit too sweet and heavy for my taste and Jenkins agreed.
The lemon curd and cream cheese (middle right) was one of my favourite cakes that day. I loved the tangy lemon curd with the cream cheese and vanilla cake. When lemon desserts are done right, they are SO tasty! I kept on nibbling away at this cake, which suited Jenkins just fine because he was not too crazy about it. Unfortunately, this probably wouldn’t be one of the winning choices because we need to pick something we both like.
Last on this plate was the chocolate ganache with hazlenut buttercream. This was Jenkins’ favourite and you could really taste the hazelnut and the rich chocolate ganache. I liked this one too but I still thought the lemon one was the best.
Next, we also got a generous slice of chocolate cake with rasberry truffle filling. For me, this was my second favourite choice after the lemon and creamcheese. Jenkins also liked this one a lot! The cake was super moist and went great with the rasberry. If I recall correctly, this was also Keith’s favourite flavour and one of his choices for his wedding cake. (Sorry for no picture, I did take one but don’t know where it is now!)
April also had a plate of fondant leaves for us to nibble on. I’m sure most people don’t like the taste or consistency of fondant (I certainly don’t) but these fondant leaves actually tasted like marshmallows and were pretty good.
April was very friendly to meet with and her cakes were certainly delicious. She does only take 2-3 cake bookings per day though so if you want to book her for your wedding, you better do so quickly. Of the traditional cake places we have tried so far, this was one of my top choices. Her cakes range from $7-10 (and up) per slice.