Sugar Flower Cakes

Martha Stewart Living Television

All the details the guests admire when they join the bride and groom to celebrate their nuptials are the result of thorough planning, and the wedding cake is no exception. Ron Ben-Israel is world renowned for the exquisite, intricate artistry he applies to the cakes he conceives, creates, assembles, and decorates in his New York City studio.

Ron's cakes are edible, of course, but they're also so elaborately decorated that they resemble baroque art. One of his famous cakes, the Aurora, was inspired by the gardens at Versailles and featured hundreds of painstakingly crafted porcelain-like sugar flowers placed on the cake and on the arches around it. Another cake, the Royal Wedding, resembled the late-nineteenth-century cakes favored by the British monarchy. Ron set bouquets of sugar flowers into windows carved into the bottom tier and used a swatch of the bride's gown to create lace impressions on the sugar borders at the top.

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