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    Wedding Cakes & Desserts

    Taste. It is often the most overlooked detail when shopping for wedding cakes. Taste is why we eat cake in the first place, and it will be the thing your guests remember most about your wedding cake. At Albemarle Baking Company, taste is what we are most passionate about, and it is why our cakes, while simple and elegant, taste so good.

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    Riki Tanabe

    Albemarle Baking Company

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    Wedding Cake Offerings

    Our most popular flavor combinations are

    • Vanilla sponge cake with bavarian cream filling
    • Chocolate sponge cake with whipped dark chocolate ganache

    Other varieties are

    • Carrot cake with cream cheese icing
    • Lemon pound cake with bavarian cream filling

    Fresh strawberries or raspberries may be added to any of the above fillings for an additional charge.

    Choice of Icing

    • Marzipan
    • Vanilla Buttercream
    • Rolled Fondant
    • Chocolate Glaze

    Groom's Cake

    We love creating custom groom's cake that celebrate his personality and favorite hobbies. Get in touch with us today to start brainstorming!


    • Tastings: Upon request, we can create a sample 6" wedding cake that is identical in flavor & composition. The cost is $25, which will be applied to your deposit should you choose Albemarle Baking Co. to design your wedding cake.

    • Consultations: Consultations are typically 20-30 minutes & are available Mon-Fri between 7am & 4pm; weekday consultations are free. A Saturday is appointment can be available for $25. A sample cake is included in this fee.

    • In most cases, our cakes are priced by tier. For square cakes, they are priced by the slice.

    • Our delivery range is 50 miles. The average wedding cake delivery fee is $40.

    Riki Tanabe has been in the culinary field for over 20 years. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, he has worked in many restaurants and hotels across the country, including Mariposa in Honolulu, The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, and The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. Since 2000, Riki has been with Albemarle Baking Company as their pastry chef and wedding cake designer.

    Albemarle Baking Company has won numerous awards, including Best Bakery in Charlottesville, as voted by the readers of C-ville Weekly each and every year since 2004. In 2006, Riki and owner Gerry Newman competed in the National Bread and Pastry Championship in Atlantic City, where they took home numerous awards, including first place in every bread category, and best overall tasting in desserts. In 2013, Riki earned first place in the annual Charlottesville Gingerbread house competition.

    Knowing that the world of pastry is constantly changing, Riki works to update his skills each year, studying under trained MOF pastry chefs from France, and The French Pastry School in Chicago. Riki looks forward to new challenges each day, and hopes he can work with you to create a confectionery masterpiece of your dreams.

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