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Thistle & Honey Baking is a home based bakery located in Middlebury, Vermont, offering an inclusive array of wedding desserts, for the traditional and nontraditional alike. From tiered wedding cakes, to cupcake or pie towers, to fully-customized miniature dessert bars, working with clients to create the wedding dessert tables of their dreams is the number one priority.

Nikki, the owner & operator behind Thistle & Honey, has been making wedding cakes & dessert bars as a side gig for the last 8 years, and in early 2020 made the move to baking full-time.

Thistle & Honey Baking serves the state of Vermont, from the Greater Burlington area to the Rutland area. The goal at Thistle & Honey is to use local ingredients wherever possible, to be fully supporitve of the community and all of the delicious, beautiful goods that Vermont has to offer.

  • Woman-owned
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Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for wedding cakes with buttercream frosting (per slice, without tax)?


Which of the following are included in the cost of the cake?

Top Tier of the Cake

What is the starting price for cupcakes (per cupcake, without tax)?


What services do your prices include?

Custom Cake Design

What types of desserts do you provide?

Dessert Buffet
Groom's Cake

What services do you provide?

Custom Design
Tastings - Private

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free

What special ingredients do you use?

Fresh Fruit

Are you licensed by the state health department?

Not Required
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Reviews of Thistle and Honey Baking

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Alyssa D. Sent on 12/22/2022
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A great experience

Working with this bakery was a great experience! The owner worked closely with me to offer suggestions where I needed them and I was grateful for her thoughts. We ordered some tasting boxes that she sent us and we had a great tasting party to choose our desserts for our dessert table. We also got a small cake and I sent the owner a lot of images and information about our theme and she came up with something gorgeous. I would definitely recommend this vendor.
Annie S. Sent on 11/23/2021
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Nikki is a dream for weddings!

I cannot recommend Nikki enough, seriously!! First, every single dessert that she makes is soooooooo delicious. I am not a lemon dessert person, but I could not stop eating her lemon cupcakes and whoopie pies. Second, she is an AMAZING communicator and so personable! She is timely and answers every question/concern that you may have. Third, her decorating and presentation skills are incredible!! I sent her a long list of designs that I love in wedding cakes, and she managed to touch upon almost all of them to create the most beautiful (and incredibly delicious) wedding cake. Fourth, she's super flexible and willing to work with you to provide the wedding cakes/desserts of your dreams. She has a dessert bar option and with the sweet tooth I have, I wanted a little bit of everything and she made that come to life!! For our wedding Nikki (single handedly by the way - this woman is a rock star) made a two-tier german chocolate cake, a chocolate whiskey whip grooms pie, and a dessert bar filled with mini cupcakes (raspberry-lemon, peanut butter chocolate, and maple cream), whoopie pies (chocolate, lemon, and maple), apple cider doughnuts (old fashioned and sugared), fruit tartlets, raspberry shortbread bars, and rocky road brownies for ~100 guests. Nikki provided the plating and signage, which she made sure fit into our overall wedding aesthetic. If you have a sweet tooth like me, then you need to hire Nikki. She is really the dream and will make your day absolutely perfect!!
Meaghan W. Sent on 12/30/2021
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Delicious and beautiful cake!

Nikki was an absolute pleasure to work with! To start, she shared her sample menu of cakes that we could taste, and provided options of either cupcakes (for a variety), or a small cake for a better idea of the cake format. Nikki worked around our crazy schedule to arrange for us to pick up the cupcakes, and even met me part of the way to her! We opted for the cupcakes to try a few flavors and WOW they were delicious. We were torn between the maple and pumpkin cakes, and ended up opting for her pumpkin cake.

Once we decided on a flavor, Nikki helped us figure out the rest of the details- how much icing we wanted, what shape the cake would be, and the size of the cake. She was responsive leading up to the wedding and let us downsize when we received a flood of negative RSVPs due to Covid concerns.

On the wedding day, she delivered the cake and it was so beautiful! We loved the natural look of the cake (“it looks like a tree” - our guests), and it was so delicious and a huge hit! She also gave us a separately packaged anniversary cake so we could still keep with tradition, but not have the hassle of saving it and cutting the rest of the cake at once.
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Nikki Bowdish
Nikki Bowdish

Hey all! My name is Nikki, and I'm the face behind Thistle & Honey. Born and raised in Vermont, I have spent my entire life enjoying all of the delicious food that Vermont has to offer. As I've grown in my baking career, I have found joy in incorporating as many local delights into my bakes; from Vermont maple syrup, to apples grown at the orchard around the corner, honey from the apiaries next door, herbs from local farmers, and butter from Vermont creameries. Supporting local makers is incredibly central to my work, as is capturing the joy and love in each delicious bite.

Before I officially launched Thistle & Honey, I worked in a wide variety of kitchen environments. My first job was as the sole baker of a local coffeehouse, then I moved on to a large-scale production bakery, followed by being a prep cook/baker-turned-server at the BEST diner (now defunct, sadly), until my last professional turn as a baker at the cutest neighborhood bakery. Throughout all of these locales, I honed my skills and gained confidence as a cake designer & pastry maker.

My number one goal is to always create the most delicious and beautiful dessert table, bringing your wedding dessert dreams to life!


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