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Fresh Flowers

Martha Stewart Weddings, 1998

Nothing better displays the artless beauty of nature than flowers -- which all but take the place of the icing on these romantic cakes.

 

 

Petal Shower Cake
A pristine white cake, piped with tiny beads around each tier, is sprinkled with a flutter of red rose petals.

Tower of Roses
Each tier in this cake is frosted with ivory buttercream and alternated with several types of roses, such as "Sabara," shaped in tiers of the same height. The flowers, in varying hues of beige, are anchored in a central core of oasis, which keeps them fresh for hours. The oasis is shielded from the cake by plastic separators and camouflaged by the flowers.

 

 

Dahlia Cake
This classically shaped cake with smooth white layers is circled with bold colors that are anything but conventional: dahlias in red, burgundy, orange, and yellow, and wild rose hips.

Sunflower Cake
This cake's cylindrical form consists of white cake, made extra moist with the addition of fresh coconut milk, and pastry-cream filling. With its crown of freshly grated coconut and loop of sunflowers surrounding the brim, the casual, oversize cake resembles a straw hat.

 

 

Blossoms and Buttercream
Fresh hydrangeas, violas, thyme, and scabiosa bring romance and color to this cake, which is also decorated with buttercream and piped leaves.

Provencal Cake
"Crottin" cakes in the shape of French goat cheeses are stacked on a wooden stand to mimic a tiered cake. Flowers such as Queen Anne's lace and tweedia are paired with rosemary, lavender, and oregano to capture the romance of the French countryside.