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Wednesday
Apr292009

CakeSpy Undercover: How To Elope to Las Vegas and Still Have Wedding Cake

Cake from Freeds in Las Vegas, C/O Not Martha
When our friend Megan (who you may know from her ultra-awesome website, Not Martha) recently decided to run away and get married to her boyfriend of 10+ years, we applauded the decision, but with one major reservation: What about the cake? Well, luckily Megan was on the case, and found out some of the secrets of how to have your cake and eat it too while eloping--because no matter how small the wedding, there should always be cake. Here's the report:

Freeds in Las Vegas, C/O Not MarthaCakes from Freeds in Las Vegas, C/O Not Martha
We ran off to get married in Vegas and I was afraid we were going to miss out on the cake part of the day until somebody tipped me off to the existence of Freed's Bakery. They made wedding cakes, cupcakes, cookies, Italian pastries and, much to my delight, sell individual slices of wedding-y cake. There are two locations and I was so distracted by our crazy taxi driver that I cannot remember which one we ended up at. We got our slices of cake to go while our taxi driver was nice enough to wait for us and the bakery included plates, forks and napkins for us. I can highly recommend getting the cake to go and finding a romantic spot to eat it. We had dinner plans later so we ate our cake at the Bellagio at a comfy little table in a hallway which overlooked the pool.
Cake from Freeds in Las Vegas, C/O Not Martha
There were a few flavors of cake slices to choose from including carrot cake and a chocolate cake but we ended up two slices of vanilla cake with strawberries, one with buttercream frosting and the other with whipped cream frosting. Both were delicious, and I think this is the best buttercream I have tasted so far. I'm not usually a fan of buttercream as I find it alternately too sweet or gritty or slimy, but this was fantastic. It was whipped light and had a nice balance of butter and sweetness.
Eclair from Jean Phillipe in Las Vegas, C/O Not Martha
We ate our cake near the Jean-Philippe pastry shop in the Bellagio which is amazing. There is a floor to ceiling chocolate fountain that has dark, milk and white chocolate cascading down from pool to pool. (Sadly, it's behind some clear plastic walls so you cannot sneak a taste.) We returned later in the week to try something from Jean-Philippe and split an incredible vanilla and hazelnut eclaire. The plastic utensils at Jean-Philippe had a reflective silver finish which was a lovely touch.


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Congratulations again to Megan and Scott!

 

Reader Comments (18)

Wow ....I think that someone now got the right size of sliced cake for me ...yum yum,, those slices just make me water at the mouth, super delicious and full of colour ..and the flavours I can only imagine. wow thx for sharing loved it. :) xxx
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April 30 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo

Beautiful photos and the exact size of individual slices we enjoy in the south!

April 30 | Unregistered CommenterTreehouse Chef

Great story! I'm glad they got to have their cake and eat it too :)

Oh my what big cake slices you have!!! They were gigantic! What a fun way to celebrate your nuptials. And a perfect setting....love the Bellagio.

Congrats Megan and Scott!

Freed's also does one day order cakes from their massive selection of choices. My sister ordered her cake their standard request is 7 hours or more. The cake had a chocolate ganache and we had 3 different flavored cake layers with special fillings. The secret to ordering these cakes is stepping not into the main lobby but to the decorating place next door. It was awesome.

April 30 | Unregistered Commenterclgbutterfly

Wow! Looks SOOOOO divine!! Nice size slices which would have been bigger than and actual wedding cake!! LOL.... Congrats to you both! I got married in City Hall and we just celebrated 10 years!!

April 30 | Unregistered CommenterPrudence

Such a great idea..and those cake slices look beautiful!

April 30 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

I love Freed's. I borrowed one of their designs for a Las Vegas wedding cake I did.

Your picture for Megan & Scott is just adorable!

That's a really good idea to have single servings of weddingy cake. They look really delicious - and huge!

April 30 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That's a really good idea to have single servings of weddingy cake. They look really delicious - and huge!

April 30 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That is one impressive slice of cake! It must be as big as your head, right? ;)

May 1 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

May Megan and Scott always be as happy as they were on April 21, 2009!

May 1 | Unregistered CommenterBlog Owner

Those look like some pretty decadent cake slices... much better than a traditional old boring wedding cake. Congrats to the newlyweds!

May 2 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

Wow, I wish you wrote this a month ago. My husband and I just got remarried in a cheesy Vegas chapel April 3. I really wanted to go find a good bakery or cupcake bakery to celebrate, but didn't want to go too far...so we just ended up eating a fancy looking cake from a bakery in the Bellagio, but it was not very yummy, just pretty. So, I would have totally loved this bakery recommendation...and we could have still eaten it at the Bellagio too! Thanks for sharing...very fun.

Great story...congratulation to Megan and Scott! The cake looks wonderful. Wish could have a bite.

May 2 | Unregistered CommenterJuliana

mmm... i live for cupcakes (vegan one's that is). nothing quite says "i love you" like your own tiny individual cake!

May 5 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

This was a cute post! Those cake pieces were huge too...lol. I was always worried about the Vegas thing myself... being engaged, some part of me wants the big huge wedding... but the other (larger part) just wants something quick and cute... this post gives me hope... I can have my cake and eat it too! LOL

Congratulations Megan and Scott! Glad to hear you enjoyed our delicious wedding cake slices... The photos are fantastic! With a little bit of notice, we could have put together a beautiful 6" cake for you! Glad to hear your experience was a wonderful one. If you're ever in Vegas again, please come by and say hello!

May 23 | Unregistered CommenterMax Freed
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