When Cake Matters: Hudson Cakery

In my next life, I’m gonna be a baker. There’s something wonderful about zipping around the kitchen with the music on and the ovens glowing, bags and bowls and spatulas lined up, ready to spin ingredients into someone’s personal glee. Who doesn’t love that moment when the cake is brought out in their honor?

And now I’m a mom, so cake gets elevated to a symbol of marked celebration. We stand around it and sing, we photograph and fawn over it. It brings about that single quiet moment when “wow – look at where we are.” It’s powerful.

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We’ve gotten several of Jennifer’s cakes for our kid’s birthday parties. She runs Hudson Cakery, a custom cake shop on 1816 Willow Ave in Weehawken, NJ. Here’s what I like about them:

  1. The taste.
  2. The way they look.
  3. Dealing with Jennifer.
  4. Delivery.
  5. Did I say the taste yet?

Jennifer and the team make custom cakes from scratch. According to her, that’s why they’re so good, although I’m not so sure because I make my cakes from scratch too and while they may be tremendous, they’re not as good as hers.

The cakes are dense. She told me that’s because she likes cakes that taste like food. She likes cake that, when you’re done eating it, it feels like you ate something. AMEN.

The first cake I ordered a cake from Jennifer was chocolate with fresh strawberries & jam inside (two layers) and chocolate buttercream frosting. And I wanted construction vehicles on it. And a smash cake. And and and…

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It sort of goes without saying that the cake looked amazing. I mean hey, you pay for a custom cake and you hope it will be decorated to a level of perfection that you could never replicate, and that you’ll be delighted to display at your party. (It was.)

But what truly shocked me was the taste. It was dense and succulent and chocolately and the strawberries were perfect… OMG. I remember sneaking bites of the leftovers in the middle of the night OUT OF THE FREEZER because I told myself if I froze it I wouldn’t eat it all in 24 hours. Which, between friends, I may have anyway.

Hudson Cakery has an awesome instagram feed and a detailed website.

Eat small. Support your community.

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Mel Kozakiewicz a professor, editor, writer, and mother of two.

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