These big day desserts were inspired by an unlikely source: glassware!
Much like fashion, styles of glass have changed over time—and chances are good there's one to match your wedding-day vision right down to dessert. These cakes range from intricate and classic to totally mod, and in every cake, they're (almost) too beautiful to eat.
(Above) Give your big day a refined, retro look by modeling cakes after milk-glass pieces as seen. They're a total throwback to the 1950s, when the white and candy-colored styles were a fixture in many households. Using rolled fondant and royal icing, contributing editor Wendy Kromer-Schell replicated the classic scalloped edges, lattices, and gingerbread trims, plus the iconic "Hobnail" dots introduced by the Fenton Art Glass Company. The finishing touch? Complementary vintage stands to show them off.
Smooth and see-through in soft focus, frosted glass is oh-so romantic—and feels right at home at a snowy winter wedding. Contributing editor Jason Schreiber's three-tiered cake—inspired by a Lalique vase with a leaf motif and coated in blue fondant airbrushed with pale-blue shimmer—puts a sleek yet simple spin on traditional layers.
Dare to be Square
This is not your grandmother's stained glass. The historic European art form gets a contemporary twist, ideal for an ultra-mod setting where Lucite is out in force. To create the vibrant, jewel-like circles, Lauri Ditunno of New York's Cake Alchemy pressed melted sugar into patterned silicone molds. Remove the difficult-to-slice "glass" before cutting your cake, or consider a bedazzled layer between two plain tiers.
Dreaming of a fairy-tale wedding? Well, a cake modeled after cut crystal—which refracts rainbows of light just like that diamond on your ring finger—is all you need to set a magical winter-fantasy scene. For this four-tier showstopper, Schreiber hand-cut patterns out of rolled gum paste, applied them to a fondant base, then added light and dark shades of silver and blue shimmer.