POTTED PLANT WEDDING CAKEContributing editor Jason Schreiber made this herb-adorned cake, which features pea shoots, fennel and cilantro blossoms, bachelor's buttons, sweet alyssums, oregano, and micro marigolds. Swiss meringue buttercream's tacky texture kept the edible flowers (buy your own at gourmetsweetbotanicals.com) in place.
WHITE ROSE WEDDING CAKEThis bloom's standing as the most definitive love symbol in nature stems in the Greeks, who used the flower to symbolize the goddess Venus. White roses, especially, have come to symbolize love that was true, and purity, unity —as opposed to red roses' association with passion—which has earned them the status of Ultimate Wedding Flower. Here, New York City cake guru Sylvia Weinstock blanketed three tiers of cake in handmade, edible sugar petals to gently hark back to the design of a French croquembouche—and develop a temple to Cupid's favourite flower.
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CRUSHED-SWEET WEDDING CAKEAs fun as it will be to eat to make, our dazzling marmalade-sweet cake requires a little muscle—and that's about it. Buy your preferred hard candies (these are by La Vie de La Vosgienne), place them in a sizeable resealable plastic bag, get a rolling pin, and also have a blast pounding away your prewedding jitters. Then press the glittering pieces that are crushed to the sides of a buttercream cake.
CHOCOLATE STOUT WEDDING CAKEEach layer of this chocolate nude cake by Wendy Kromer- Caitlin Brown and Schell is filled with buttercream, drizzled with caramel and chocolate ganache, and topped with candied pecans. Meanwhile, the specific cake features butter, yogurt, and stout (customize yours with your preferred brew), making each bite decadently moist.
JAPANESE SPONGE WEDDING CAKEThese small beauties by Wendy Kromer-Schell and Caitlin Brown (known as individual sponge roulades) were inspired by Japan's popular patterned cake rolls. The fill is lemon-ginger mousse, and also the designs could be customized (wedding crest or monogram, anyone?).
IKAT AND FRENCH SILK RIBBON WEDDING CAKEThe spirit of a century-old French silk ribbon could be felt in every bite of the beloved cake. On top rests a spectacular bow of molded glue paste (so realistic, you will be tempted to untie it). Then we painted edible luster dust blended with lemon extract onto the fondant in a rose pattern that evokes the blurry quality of an ikat weave.
WEDDING PETIT FOURSSoaked in honey glaze, and brown sugar, butter, these geometric minis by Wendy Kromer - Schell and Caitlin Brown resemble honeycombs. We topped them off with a helping of candied kumquats and whipped cream.
HEART WEDDING CAKEThe heart was thought to function as the origin of all human emotions. Though modern science shows otherwise, the phrase "giving your heart" continues to be the very best way to express that you'd sacrifice anything for the one you love. Jay Qualls of the Tennessee-based Maples Wedding Cakes printed our designs on paper, covered them outlined them then transferred them.
EMBROIDERED LACE AND APPLIQUED WEDDING CAKETo evoke a hip '60s dress crafted of embroidered lace blanketed with cotton floral appliques, cake designer Ron Ben-Israel created silicone molds of appliques inspired by the first cloth—no small task considering there were 25 shapes to reproduce, including dahlias, roses, and periwinkles. Sugar paste was pressed into each form, then applied in layers to the fondant. The resultant ivory tower is one that both generations— your mum's and yours —will adore.
OMBRE WEDDING CAKEWendy Kromer- Schell and Caitlin Brown concealed blood-orange and passion-fruit curds in tinted vanilla poundcake because of this buttercream-dotted confection. Bake yours a bit larger than desirable that browned edges can be trimmed off, revealing the vibrant ombre layout underneath.
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