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Brides-to-be listen up! Ruth Seidler, a former art conservator, has taken her considerable talent and started her own bakery, JollyBe, in Park Slope where she creates the most exquisite made-to-order cakes you’re likely to find anywhere.

Sure she can sculpt roses and cascading tendrils of forget-me-nots, but so can any baker with a piping bag. Seidler’s forte is creating cakes inspired by Persian tiles with all the gorgeous swirling floral motifs one associates with ceramic work, Chinese embroidery, the Art Nouveau period, and the ornate stained glass works of Louis Tiffany or the modern glass pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Under the glamorous frostings, Seidler offers moist golden cake layers, tiers of hazelnut or rich, dark chocolate devil’s food cake, but if a bride-to-be dreams of green tea or coconut she’ll bake those too. Fillings include the classic buttercream, fresh fruit, flavored whipped cream, marzipan and dacquoise, a chewy baked meringue with nuts. Several vegan and non-dairy varieties are available.

Jollybe Bakery accepts cash and checks only. Prices begin at $7 per slice for an 8-inch cake. Tiered cakes that serve 150 guests run as high as $1,200 or more.

To see more photos of Seidler’s cakes, log onto www.jollybebakery.com. For more information or an appointment, call (718) 965-1651 from 9 am to 6 pm or email jollybe@prodigy.net.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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