Topsfield, 781-953-0936, bellavella.com
Philosophy: The guiding principle behind Bellavella is a classic one: The way to a person’s heart is through their belly. They bake the best cookies and cakes they can for the satisfaction of knowing their treats are bringing joy to those who eat them.
Standout Qualities: Bellavella cookies are about flavor, not fussiness. There are more than a dozen varieties in regular rotation, from traditional chocolate chip to chewy macaroons hand-dipped in dark chocolate. The owners love working with couples to customize baked treats and packaging to match their personal wedding vision.
What’s Unique: When it comes to customizing favors, Bellavella is ready to go above and beyond. The bakery has even produced cookie lollipops adorned with rhinestone-studded sticks, gold-embossed paper flower petals, and Swarovski crystals.
The Whoo(pie) Wagon
Topsfield, 978-887-0795, thewhoopiewagon.com
Philosophy: The Whoo(pie) Wagon’s approach can be summed up in one word: fresh. From the sassy name to creative treats that are always baked the day of your event, freshness is the company’s guiding principle.
Standout Qualities: Sure, the menu includes chocolate, frosting-filled whoopee pies, but that New England classic is just a starting point. There are more than a dozen varieties on offer including pumpkin, salted caramel, gingerbread, red velvet, and even the whannoli, a chocolate-coated cannoli–whoopie pie hybrid.
What’s Unique: Customize your presentation by choosing individually wrapped cakes to be placed at each place setting or a tower of mini-whoopies accompanied by boxes so guests can select a few on their way out. You can even have the Whoo(pie) Wagon food truck make an appearance to hand out freshly baked treats in person.