Planning a wedding in Brooklyn is no simple task. However, with the right people involved it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Enter Elizabeth Todaro, pastry chef extraordinaire, wife, mother, and now friend. While planning my August 2009 wedding I embarked on a search for a talented pastry chef who could create my dream wedding cake, and manage to complete the task within my budget. After searching out several trendy bakeries and meeting with a few pastry chefs, I finally had the pleasure of coming across Elizabeth.
Elizabeth with one of the tiers of a recent wedding cake
We met on a cold February morning to discuss my ideas for the cake as well as review some of her impressive portfolio of cakes. Right away we hit it off! Elizabeth is a stay-at-home Mom who is also a talented pastry chef. As a work-at-home gal myself, I was impressed by her desire to dedicate her life to spending her days at home with her family, and by being industrious enough to open her own bakery business, right from her Brooklyn kitchen! For Elizabeth though, it seems like the decision was easy as pie, or maybe cake!
Elizabeth, in her element!
Elizabeth has always enjoyed baking, even as a child her favorite thing to bake was Tiramisu – something I have yet to master myself. She even graduated from New York Restaurant School in 2001. After having now 12 year old daughter Sarah, and before giving birth to twin boys Sonny and Massi (now 14 months), Elizabeth was working as a technician’s helper for Verizon. While she was pregnant with the boys she decided that she wanted to start her own home based business as a pastry chef, and worked hard to gain clients, and keep them coming back.
Elizabeth makes about 1 specialty or occasion cake per weekend (think wedding, or special birthday cakes). She is fortunate to be surrounding by a loving and support family including her husband, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law. As a family, everyone enjoys the “baking” lifestyle, even daughter Sarah loves to watch TLC’s Cake Boss, although as I learned recently, Sarah also has quite a talent for photography!
Elizabeth's primary reason for wanting to work from home - taking care of, and being close to, her beautiful family - Sonny, Massi, Sarah, and husband Tom (not pictured)
Elizabeth noted that her favorite part of baking for a living is that she gets to be a part of someone’s special day and knowing the importance of that special day herself, being married to husband Tom for several years, she can also understand the pressure brides are under. Elizabeth’s bright smile, warm personality, understanding, and talent for knowing just exactly how to create that perfect wedding cake is what truly sets her apart from the trendy bakeries of Brooklyn and NYC.
After meeting with Elizabeth, clients will be relieved to have found someone truly capable of making their wedding cake, or occasion cake dream come true. In addition to baking, Elizabeth includes delivery of her masterpieces, ensuring that your cake will arrive safe and beautiful at your venue. For the Bride that needs it all, like me, Elizabeth even prepared one of my wedding favors – individually boxed slices of cake – and set them up on cake stands at my wedding venue. Needless to say, I couldn’t have been more pleased with Elizabeth’s masterpiece of a cake, as well as the quality; I reminded her this weekend that I still have my top tier of the wedding cake she made for us and every time I open the freezer my mouth gets all excited to think about biting into that cake on our first wedding anniversary!
As mentioned in the beginning of this blog post, wedding planning in Brooklyn does not have to be a drama filled, bridezilla fueled, wild experience; it can be very rewarding by working with the right vendors. Elizabeth Todaro certainly fits this bill, and more! Elizabeth can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.