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Ocean-Inspired French CharlotteThis one-of-a-kind cake is ideal for a beach wedding. The lemon-flavored cookielike tea cakes are tied around buttercream tiers with gold ribbon -- every other one finished with a bow.
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Scallop-Shaped MadeleinesScoops of fruit sorbet, served with a smaller madeleine, are a lovely accompaniment for cake slices.
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Coral CakeFor a wedding by the beach, a coral motif is always in fashion. New York baker Gail Watson piped coral branches in royal icing on fondant-covered tiers. Cotton fabric pinned around the cake board echoes coral's other famous hue. Sand-color fondant blankets the board.
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Pearl-and-Shell CakeConfectionary pearls of graduating sizes and scallop shells formed from gum paste are brushed with luster dust to mimic the natural opalescence. Impressions in the ivory fondant were made with an embossing tool. Sugar sprinkled on the tops of the tiers and the cake board sparkles like white sand.
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Asian-Inspired Wave CakeOn each tier of this modern creation by Wendy Kromer, a different wave design (three in all, impressed with double-thick rubber stamps) graces the fondant panels.
6 of 12These masterly cakes, made by Wendy Kromer, have romantic seaworthy roots: They are styled after sailors' valentines -- keepsake boxes, decorated with intricate shell patterns, that 19th-century mariners gave as gifts to their beloveds. The originals inspired our mosaics of gum-paste shells, arranged in concentric circles, rosettes, and monograms. Shells How-To
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Shark and Beach CupcakesCupcakes serve as a fun alternative dessert for children guests at a beach-themed reception. Easier to serve than cake, they require no slicing, no plates, and no forks -- and every child gets her fair share of icing.
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Tequila-Soaked FruitJuicy, tropical fruit is a refreshing finale to a meal high on flavor. Cut the fruit in the morning and refrigerate, and then sprinkle on tequila an hour before eating. Skewer right before serving.
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Pineapple and Mango Rum CocktailsWith its sunny color and sweet taste, this cocktail belongs on the beach.
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