Sweet Notes

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The wedding cake that Confectionery Designs designed and made for our daughter’s Rosecliff Mansion wedding was awesome – on all counts. The design was spectacular – truly breathtaking. Chef Mark listened carefully to the bride’s wishes, followed through on those and added his own spectacular flourish. And even more importantly (at least to me-someone who loves baking) the taste of the cake was delicious! – a chocolate sponge cake with vanilla bean filling with raspberries and alternate layers of vanilla sponge cake with chocolate hazelnut filling – loved both! Besides the amazing wedding cake, Confectionery Designs did all of the desserts for our separate room, pink-and-white-themed-dessert display. The visual presentation was truly magnificent. Someone used the word magical; and it was. Again, the display was only to be topped by the taste of each dessert – French macarons, mini fruit tarts, sugar cookies, mini cheesecakes, and many more. A favorite were the cake pops. So desserts were a major success thanks to Confectionery Designs. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Mark and Marie Soliday, the owners, and they were very responsive to any questions we had.

Maryann Moran – Mother of the bride  7/26/2014


Confectionery Designs outdid themselves creating a fabulous wedding cake for our wedding at The Castle Hill Inn this past weekend to compliment my Oscar De la renta bridal gown belt. It was so exquisite!!! The cake was absolutely delicious. People kept coming up to us throughout the evening saying how delicious it was. Marie and Mark were fabulous to work with. They were so accommodating and helpful, and so fun and sweet!!! They set up such a lovely tasting for me and my family prior to the wedding, and ran through so many ideas with us. We were blown away by their sweet nature and artistic ability. They also put together my personal favorite , chocolate covered bride and groom pretzels that we gave away as favors which put the finishing touches on a magical evening. If you are getting married in Newport, they are by far the most exceptional! Thank you so much for making our day so special!! XO Jessica

Jessica 6/22/2015


Let me start off by saying that my husband and I have MAJOR sweet tooths (teeth). We are chocoholics, and when it comes to dinner time, I’d rather eat dessert! So choosing our wedding cake baker was no small task. We went to 4 cake tastings in one weekend (I kid you not…don’t know how I fit into my dress), and Confectionery Designs blew the competition away. Marie is understanding, creative, professional, and such a sweetheart – she helped us to figure out a cake design that was personal, meaningful, and special to us. She answered my emails immediately, and checked in with any questions about my preferences. Mark is absolutely brilliant in the kitchen! He created a cake modeled after China we received from my husband’s grandparents – matching the colors to our wedding theme, and adding his own unique twist. And the cake itself was absolutely delicious, decadent, and truly the best I’ve ever tasted!!!! I whole heartedly recommend Confectionery Designs – they’re wonderful! Thank you, Marie and Mark for making our cake so yummy and special!

Courtney 5/31/2014


I am at a loss for accurately sharing how beautiful and delicious our wedding cake and macaroons were. Marie and Mark are gifted professionals and a true value for the quality they deliver! We could not be more grateful to have chosen them for our wedding. To a person, everyone in attendance and the staff at the Ocean House let us know how beautiful the sugar flowers were and the cake was delicious. As a matter of fact, the tasting with Mark before the wedding was one of the highlights of preparing. Thank you Marie and Mark. We will return for all of our special occasions!

Ingrid & Jeff 4/5/2014


I got married in Newport, RI on August 3, 2013. My wedding was a black tie affair with an incredible attention to detail. In my initial planning, I was referred to Confectionery Designs and I could not be more thrilled to have had them create our wedding cake. While their more simply designed cakes are equally as beautiful, my cake was to be a challenge for even the best of chefs. Mark embraced my vision of an elaborate european influenced white on white design. To ensure that our cake was one of a kind, he created custom moldings and took personal care to create every single one of the hundreds of delicate sugar flowers. The end result was nothing short of a masterpiece. The almond pound cake was equally as amazing as its exterior design. There is simply no one better to work with for your wedding cake needs! If you are getting married anywhere close to the Newport area, you need to contact them!

Kiara Longo – August 2013


Confectionery Designs is THE BEST! Marie and Mark are a husband and wife team with 3 kids and they really CARE about their clients. They did EVERYTHING they could to create my dream cake and I will always remember that! Their cakes are AMAZING! They can create anything you want – Mark is a confectionery genius! Our tasting was so much fun! We had requested S’mores and they made a filling that tasted EXACTLY like one. Their vanilla cake with lemon chiffon and mixed berry filling is to die for! My dad still can’t stop talking about it to this day! Also amazing was their chocolate cake with hazelnut filling. Their cakes are moist and are layered with the perfect ratio of cake and filling. Now design – most vendors we spoke to seemed so “cookie cutter”. I wanted something different. My dress had beautiful flowers appliques with small crystals and I wanted my cake to replicate that. Mark created an elegant cake with gorgeous flowers that matched my dress perfectly. They even added the crystal centers as well as crystal banding between the tiers. It was STUNNING! When planning a wedding working with good vendors is so important. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Confectionery Designs! Not only will you get a gorgeous, delicious cake that guests will be talking about for years to come, you will be treated like family every step of the way!

Alexis Woodward – July 2013

Confectionery Designs is one of the best vendors I had the pleasure of working with for my wedding cake. I had a very large cake and something very specific in mind. I only wanted the bottom tier to be real, to be able to cut into and I wanted plenty of sparkle and something very unique. Marie and Mark truly exceeded all my expectations! When I saw my wedding cake for the first time, I was floored with how lovely, intricate, and beautiful my cake was. The bottom tier was served at the dessert table and ALL of my guests kept asking what kind of cake it was because it was so wonderful and tasty! We ended up going with the chocolate hazelnut and you couldn’t even tell the whole cake wasn’t real. Marie was a joy to communicate with and so prompt with all her responses. She was so very helpful throughout this whole process. She even sent me a few sketches of the cake before creating it. I would recommend Confectionery Designs to anyone who needs a beautiful cake and wants to work with easygoing, very professional, and very kind people. It was a pleasure! :)

Nancy Gayed – May 2013


From the first time I visited their exquisite shop in Newport for a tasting with Mark to the incredible warmth and timely responsiveness of Marie’s communications, we could not have chosen a better vendor for both our wedding cake and our groom’s cake. For the groom’s cake, Mark constructed an incredible red lighthouse as a surprise for my husband — it was remarkable! Mint chocolate chip frosting and chocolate cake — guests are still raving about it. We are huge fans of Confectionery Designs and recommend you check them out!

Brianna & Grant – September 2012

Marie and Mark from Confectionary Designs are of the highest caliber of professionalism, personality and quality. Marie is on top of her game in responding to questions and concerns and was a pleasure to work with. My husband and I wanted a smaller wedding cake with 125 individual wedding cake replicas of the larger cake. We wanted the design to be inspired by our wedding invitation. Mark was impressive with innovating ideas and carrying them out. We heard from everyone about how our cake was the best wedding cake they had ever had (vanilla bean pound cake with coconut filling and a custom blend of diplomat cream). Don’t second guess this one. Obtain Confectionary Designs for your wedding and have one less thing to be concerned about. Marie and Mark will take good care of your wedding cake wishes. We wish them continued success.

Jamie & Gus – September 2012

First, let me start by saying that Mark and Marie Soliday are two of the most wonderful people you would ever want to work with. Their collaboration in running Confectionery Designs is truly done by two professionals “who get it!” Bottom line – they listen to their clients. The wedding cake created for my daughter’s wedding was a vanilla cake with Baileys Irish Creme filling and fresh raspberries added to one layer. The artistic design was coastal without being too literal – the coral embellishments looked so real. The wedding cake was beautiful, spectacular, and delicious. Not one guest left a morsal on their plate! Mark also made our favors which were apple green macaroons filled with key lime filling – Marie boxed them with navy ribbon and ivory flowers! Beautiful – perfect – and delicious. Our guests were so amazed! Confectionery Designs’ delectable cake and favors played a big part in making my daughter’s wedding day dreams come true!

Lori Apicerno, mother of a bride – June 2012

I have the pleasure of working with Confectionary Designs on many events. I am always impressed with their attention to detail, their delicious tasting cakes and their professionalism, but what shocks me at each and every event is Mark’s creativity. He honestly never ceases to amaze me. The sugar flowers he creates are undoubtably the best I have ever seen and his designs are truly one-of-a-kind. Confectionary Designs commits themselves to fulfilling their client’s dreams, and they always exceed all expectations.

Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara – Unique Weddings by Alexis

Danielle and I were so, so, so delighted with everything that you and Mark did for our special weekend. Not to mention your AMAZING tennis ball moro cake. I knew there was something going on behind my back, but to say I was emotional once I saw this cake is an understatement. Not only did it look fantastic (the felt effect was pure brilliance), it also tasted just like my favourite chocolate bar. You grasped one of my passions in life, tennis, and turned it into an edible masterpiece. Thank YOU! That was Friday… On Saturday evening, Danielle and I had a sneek-peek look into the ballroom at OceanCliff before any of our guests arrived over from the cocktail reception. Both of our cakes stunned us. Our wedding cake was just how we discussed, and the intricate work that Mark put into making those cala lilies is mind-boggling. We still have them stored away. Furthermore, the effort that you put into getting my Grooms cake made (delicious by the way, perfect biscuit/chocolate balance!), and the musical instruments just amazes me. I am delighted, I didn’t really know how it would be beside our wedding cake, but it was perfect – a wonderful reminder of my heritage.

Danielle & Cilian – October 2011

Dear Mark and Marie, When I have a client that is looking for a unique and DELICIOUS cake for their wedding and you are available, I breathe a sigh of relief and know that you will exceed my client’s expectations with your amazing creations. From the tasting to the actual delivery of the cake, the entire process is fun, personal and delicious! Oftentimes I am working with the client on their customized invitations and paper goods and it is terrific to be able to continue the design with their wedding cake. It is great to be able to customize their favorite candy bar or childhood sweet in the cake and then finish the design to match whatever the bride’s heart desires: the ruffle on her dress, the motif from her invitation or her customized monogram, complete with crystals! As a wedding planner, I appreciate your attention to logistics and never worry about the delivery of the cake – even it’s snowing or the most humid day of the year! You are prepared and having that WOW from the couple and her guests is the icing on the cake (pun intended!) I look forward to sharing many more clients and happy memories with you through Confectionery Designs!

Donna Kim – The Perfect Details

We had such a wonderful day — the weather was perfect, the Glen and the flowers and the food and the cake and everything was just beautiful. Thank you and Mark SO much for everything.You were so easy to work with, and your work of course speaks for itself. It was all simply amazing, and everyone loved the cake. Ashley really was happy to get such a special and beautiful cake for her birthday, thanks for making that possible. You two are the best, and we were so glad to work with you. Iam sure it won’t be the last time we need a delicious and beautiful cake! :)

Jill & Jeff – October 2009

Mark & Marie Thank you so much for the beautiful cakes you create for my brides… they are all special and so beautiful and a true work of art…your creativity and attention to detail is amazing…and all the cakes taste great also!! And Marie, thank you for your great follow through on all the orders and the behind the scenes work….

Wendy Joblon – Wendy Joblon Events

We wanted to thank you so much for making us such an exquisite wedding cake. My jaw dropped when I saw the cake for the first time. It was more beautiful than I ever imagined. The cake was so delicious. We enjoyed the mini cake when we returned to our suite and those that didn’t get to eat cake at the wedding, were thrilled to try it at our Sunday brunch. Thank you for helping us make our wedding day as perfect as we dreamed. Your artistry is truly amazing. We can’t wait until our anniversary to eat the top layer.

Lindsay & Ryan – 2008

Mark Soliday and Confectionery Designs is the premier baker in the Newport area! Not only do they execute the vision of their clients to perfection, but it is always a joy to work with them. The process is fun and creative, the cake tastings are delicious and it is always hard for clients to decide what flavors to choose as everything tastes so decadent, and the professionalism is superb. To have all of the qualities is very important when it comes to wedding cakes, theme cakes, favors, etc. as you need to be sure that not only do the cakes look stunning, but that they also taste delicious and that there is no worry how it will be executed, on the special day! I can’t rave enough about Mark and his company. They are truly my go to baker in the area when it comes to the most luxury clients, those that have big ideas on grooms cakes and want gorgeous sugar flowers adorned and cascading. It is a joy working with them and as a planner I always feel very confident bringing my clients to Confectionery Designs which should speak volumes as it is a reflection on my own company and business. Raina Dawn Events could not be a bigger fan!

Raina Dawn Filippelli – Raina Dawn Events

I wanted to send you a note to express our sincere gratitude for the amazing work you did on our wedding cake. The attention to detail was just stunning and the colors were just perfect.I am still getting phone calls about not only how beautiful it was, but how amazing it tasted! I can hardly wait for our 1 year anniversary so I can have more of it! Thank you both so very much for all the hard work and time put in to make this cake so special for us. You really took the vision I had and made it a reality. We are so thrilled to have worked with you over the past year and appreciate all of your time and excellent service. If you ever would like a testimonial, Devin and I would be more than happy to write a letter expressing our sincere gratitude and satisfaction with our experience and your amazing work.Thank you again for helping us make our day so special.

Jennifer & Devin – August 2010

We love inspiring our clients to stylishly stand out and have their confectionery masterpieces incorporate unique elements of taste and style, inspired by their celebration. From the initial tasting experience to the design process, Confectionery Designs give special attention to amazing cake flavors reflecting the seasons and traditional that will leave your guests with fond and sweet memories.

Kristin Love – Details to love

Thank you so much for the most beautiful wedding cake we have ever seen! You captured the whole feel of the wedding. The cake was elegant, yet fun, it was sparkling and delicious. We are proud to say that the only item Katie ate the entire night was tow pieces of cake and she has been raving about it ever since. I think we could have done away with the meal and gone right to the cake. Thank you so much for making the process so much fun and simple, and for making the centerpiece of the evening so beautiful We could recommend Confectionery Designs to anyone who has three hours to listen.

Katherine Lane – Mother of the bride – April 2011

Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful and delicious wedding cake for our wedding this past June. The designs, shape and color perfectly matched our invitation. You really helped to make our day so special.

Andrea & John 2011


From our first meeting & tasting for our July wedding. I was confident in your ability to produce a beautiful & totally delicious cake. Thank you for being so amazing. I will always remember taking 10 minutes away from the reception & sit and enjoy my cake with my ‘husband’. It was a pleasure working with you.