Let the delicious details of your favorite piece of jewelry -- whether it's your mom's prized pearl choker or that sparkling rock on your finger -- inspire your cake design. The results are sure to be delectable, decadent, and drop-dead gorgeous.
If you're a bride who waxes nostalgic for the precise, flirty glamour of the '50s and '60s -- when baubles born of oysters embellished the necklines of many a chic lady -- this elegant cake, swathed in strands of edible pearls, is for you. As for the Cartier diamond perched on top? We're certain that somewhere Audrey and Marilyn are gasping with delight. (Be sure to go faux for the real topper.) Diamond ring, Cartier.
The defining piece of jewelry from this period is, of course, the cameo. And on this elegant cake, the sugary versions are just as unabashedly sentimental, especially when they bear the profiles of you and your fiance and the message "Me & Thee." Pressed into fondant using custom rubber stamps, ringed with shimmering candy pearls, and dangled from real ribbons, these adornments grace the brown-sugar marble cake with edible poetry.
This breathtaking masterpiece takes its cue from the pearl-speckled hair clips and jeweled insect pins popularized at the turn of the 20th century. Concocted from royal icing, gold luster dust, and edible pearls, the enchanted-forest backdrop provides the perfect perch for a pair of delicate, sugary dragonflies: They whimsically evoke the happy couple, poised to take flight.
The designs on this cake hark back to another time -- when sandals were strappy, music was for dancing, and jewelry took a leap into the future. But you don't need to know your Art Deco from your Art Nouveau to admire its geometric style. Covered in buttercream, piped dots of frosting, and cut-fondant plaques coated with sanding sugar, it's just plain pretty, no matter how you slice it.
No wonder King George went mad! He was likely driven to distraction by the opulent jewelry Englishwomen took to wearing during the 18th and early 19th centuries. This cake is an homage to those showstoppers, with four regal tiers of spearmint-hued fondant, royal icing piped to mimic pearl strands, and sparkling edible baubles, each ringed in a "pave setting" of royal-icing pearls.
Grecian Gold headdresses of flowers and foliage made their mark during the Hellenistic period, and here, they make for a fitting cake motif. Made of gum-paste flowers painted with gold luster dust, the wreaths, along with the Corinthian column-inspired tiers, turn this cake into a Greek fantasy. Encircled in real ribbon and topped with a champagne coupe bubbling over with a necklace, of course. "Trinity Crash" necklace, Cartier.