White-chocolate fondant encases a grand cake wrapped in dramatic silk moire ribbons. The marbling was fashioned with plastic transfer sheets, as were the candy favors.
Mini Cupcake Tower
Miniature chocolate and vanilla cupcakes surround white-fondant tiers speckled with piped Swiss dots. Brown-and-pink-hued paper flags wave from piped icing swirls; the flags on the cupcake at the top are calligraphed with the newlyweds' names.
A selection of diminutive chocolate desserts can be served alongside a wedding cake. Clear cake stands and trays trimmed in gold ribbon showcase the rich dark and white chocolate.
Martinis add a glamorous note to any party; these are made with chocolate liqueur and vodka, and accompanied by elegant chocolate straws. Striped white-and-dark-chocolate shells, filled with mocha mousse, sit in a tiny pool of chocolate sauce. (Candy straws and shells from Gourmet Foods Direct.)
A chocolate sampler inspired this cake. Striped and solid ribbons trim the board; the cake itself mimics a pastry box with its bands of tempered white chocolate piped with royal icing. Hand-molded truffles by Christopher Norman Chocolates line the tiers.
Tiny Brownie Treats
Stacked mini brownie cakes can replace a wedding cake or be part of the dessert buffet. Set on mismatched china, they are decorated with royal icing, sanding sugar, grated coconut, and confectioners' sugar. Inside-out cupcake liners serve as doilies.
Devil's Food Finale
Swooping swirls of Italian meringue cover up a rich, devil's food cake. Slices are served wtih a creamy semisweet-chocolate sauce.