Under the direction of Cordon Bleu, Paris trained pastry chef Jenny Peterson, Paradox Pastry is a full service Charlottesville, VA bakery and café committed to delighting clients through the fusion of American/European design and pastry technique. We strive to consistently reach the “Wow!” factor through the use of great ingredients, creative vision, and personal service. Our skilled staff and extensive pastry repertoire uniquely position us to seamlessly realize your wedding vision -whether it be an intricate wedding cake, a fun and personal groom's cake, or a delicious dessert buffet.
Paradox has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, numerous wedding blogs including "Grey Likes," and has been consistently named to Virginia Living magazine's "Best of" list for wedding cakes and desserts. All that fluff aside, probably most importantly... we're a whole lot of fun!
Today's weddings, and the sweet offerings that go with them, are as unique and individual as the couples themselves. While gorgeous tiered cakes in both buttercream and fondant still have their post-nuptial reception fans, pies, cookies, cheesecakes and dessert bars are muscling in on the action. And that is just fine with us at Paradox Pastry - we happen to know a thing or two about all of the above!
As a full service bakery with a wickedly artistic and skilled staff, we are committed to creating just the right exclamation point of dessert for your reception. We believe in wedding cakes of all sizes, flavors, and exterior finishes and with our extensive repertoire of pastry techniques from basic buttercream finishes and piping to fondant and pastillage, intricate royal icing detail work, modeling chocolate and sugarwork, we're confident in our ability to create a dream cake including that unique one just for the groom. You know, the surprise one of his favorite sports team complete with edible soccer ball or favorite jeep climbing a cake mountain. Oh, cake isn't your thing? How about...
... Pie! We love pie. Family sized. Individual. Tartlette. Rustic. Refined European tarts and tartlettes. Handpies. If it has a crust, we're in! We're pretty happy with this trend and welcome the opportunity to wow you with ours. Heck, I'd get married just to have a pie bar. But wait, there's more!
Cheesecakes, tortes, piles of cookies huge or small, brownies, mousse cups, cannolis, parfaits, cream puffs... I think you get the idea! You have a vision? Let's make it happen.
With the emergence of Charlottesville as a premier destination wedding city, we know it can often be a challenge to find gathering spots for out of town guests. We're happy to have a wonderful space to welcome groups of up to 75 guests for post-rehearsal dinner dessert parties, luncheons and private brunches on Sundays. Keep us in mind for this special service during your wedding planning.
"Jenny and her team are so great! We love how communicative she was during our planning process! She even helped me secretly plan a surprise groom's cake! Her desserts are delicious and working with her was such a joy! Thank you Paradox Pastry!"
" AH! Thank you so much! I'm soooooo glad the groom's cake was a hit! Now THAT was fun! :-) My very best to you two! "
"Amazing! Paradox helped my husband and I pick a flavor and design for our cake. The cake (and all their desserts) was indescribably delicious! We had chocolate Guinness and lemon as our flavors. The whole team is wonderful to work with!"
" Ah! Thank you so much for taking the time to "spread the love!" Working with wonderful people like you is what keeps us doing what we do - helping to make dreams come alive! Mmmwwwwaah! Jenny "
"We decided on a "cake bar" rather than one large wedding cake, and Paradox Pastry helped make our vision come to life. Jenny is great to work with - honest, quick to respond, and very professional. The cakes looked beautiful and were absolutely delicious!"
" Man! I don't think we every made so many different flavors of cake for one wedding. What a delight that was. Thank you so much for including us. (And The Market at Grelen - now THAT is a venue to die for. So very lovely!) "
"Our cake was beautiful and tasted even better! If you're looking for a memorable cake, go see Jenny for an Italian sweet cream cake. You certainly won't be disappointed. We have been to Paradox several since the wedding to grab a slice!"
" Ahhhhh! Thank you so much! Your wedding was absolutely gorgeous and thank you so much for including Paradox in your big day! "
"Paradox Pastry was recommended to us by our caterer. We didn't want a fancy cake - we just wanted it to taste good, and boy, did they deliver! The cupcakes were so delicious, and they really helped customize the flavors to fit the overall atmosphere of their wedding. When we went for a tasting, Jenny was so welcoming and easy to work with. We absolutely loved the final product! "
"My husband and I LOVE Paradox Pastry! They have been making cakes for our family's big events for years now, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Jenny and her staff are awesome from the initial contact, to the Tasting, to delivery. Our cake was not only beautiful, but tasted great...our family and friends loved it! We'll be coming back to Paradox again and again for their great service and even better products!"