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Suited to Your Taste
Whether taken from the fabric of your gown or your groom's formal shirt, pleats, pin tucks, and ruffles look incredibly elegant when done in gum paste and fondant, as cake maker Wendy Kromer proves.
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Call it a novel idea -- this colorful cake evokes marbled endpapers. The pattern is done in aqua-tinted white chocolate using chocolate transfer sheets applied to buttercream. The treat inside combines moist dark-chocolate cake, dark-chocolate ganache, and semisweet- and white-chocolate buttercreams.
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Like a good book, you can't judge a cake just by its cover; when sliced, this decadent cake reveals its chocolaty interior. Take it over-the-top by topping each piece with swirled chocolate ice cream.
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A floral theme is a natural for a wedding cake, whether done as a riotous profusion, a more tailored look, or even a combination of the two. Cake maker April Reed used tightly grouped handmade sugar-paste carnations to dress up an otherwise simple cake.
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Wreathed in Flowers
The floral vine growing on Reed's petite but towering cake is also made of sugar paste. Lace ribbon wrapped around the fondant coating adds an old-fashioned touch.
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Textiles -- whether found in upholstery or clothing -- are a rich resource for colors, patterns, and textures appropriate for this celebratory treat. Here, Kromer used a set of stencils to give royal icing on fondant-covered layers the look of old-world damask. The fresh color palette and the modern way the cake sits flush with the edges of its acrylic cake board shake up the ornate look.
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Seeing a Pattern
The bold stencil pattern is what gives this cake its visual pop.