Cakes By Season
1. Colette Foley
Nothing says winter quite like snow and ice. This four-tier cake is whimsical but elegant at the same time, says Foley. Pearlescent appliqués punctuate the crisscross impressions on this fondant-covered delight.Cake by Colette Foley
2. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
This cake's crystal embellishments are not only elegant, they're edible too-they're made from molded sugar.Ron Ben-Israel
3. Masse's Pastries
The henna-inspired piping add a subtle nod to India, while keeping the color palette subdued. Masse's Pastries
4. Heavenly Cheesecakes & Chocolates
This decadent stacked cheesecake is topped with whipped cream icing, frosted snowflakes and real pine cones. Cake by Heavenly Cheesecakes & Chocolates
5. Confetti Cakes
This cold weather confection is dark without being somber, thanks to whimsical and airy sugar flowers.
Cake by Confetti Cakes
6. Butterfly Cakes
Pearl piping isn't the only jewelry motif on this classic cake, it also takes inspiration from Tiffany & Co.'s robin's egg blue boxes wrapped with a simple white bow.
Cake by Butterfly Cakes
This whimsical design was covered in hand-rolled white chocolate pearls that were dusted with opalescent powder for a snowball effect.
Cake by Cakework
8. Town & Country Market
These billowing tiers of snow white hydrangeas are a light counterpoint to geometric layers of cake.
Cake by Town & Country Market; Washington, 206-842-0112.
9. Christine Dahl Pastries
Hand-piped fiddlehead ferns create a tapestry-like covering on this winter blue cake.
Cake by Christine Dahl Pastries
10. April Reed Cake Design
For a non-traditional yet delicious cake-covering, this ganache-topped pillar was dotted with hand-made truffles.
Cake by April Reed Cake Design
11. Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal
Blue hand-piped scrollwork adds an icy touch to this winter wedding cake.
Cake by Jim Smeal
This cool, mod design is fit for a fashion-forward couple.
Cake by Cakegirls.
13. Cakes to Remember
Well-placed sugar tulips look just like the real thing!
Cake by Cakes to Remember
14. Sweet Melissa Patisserie
I wanted this cake to be fresh and sophisticated," says Archana Rao of Sweet Melissa Patisserie in Brooklyn, N.Y. "It's very Carrie Bradshaw with the oversize bloom." The lifelike peony curled around this three-tier cake is simple yet oh-so-chic.Cake by Sweet Melissa Patisserie
15. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Give a chic white cake a burst of color with bright blooms in different hues.Cake by Ron Ben-Israel
16. Petal Crafts
White fondant, green fondant ribbon and gumpaste hellebores dress up this two-tier confection of sour cream pound cake with blood orange buttercream filling.
Cake by Petal Crafts
17. Confetti Cakes
Before launching Confetti Cakes, New York City baker Elisa Strauss designed textiles for Polo Ralph Lauren, which might explain her inspiration for this four-tier delight: a swatch of floral-patterned fabric. The cake, iced in chocolate and vanilla rolled fondant and decorated with flowers and twigs of royal icing, also features a sugar-dough border.
Cake by Confetti Cakes
18. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Contrasting colors carry a theme and add instant drama. The inside of this tuxedo cake alternates chocolate and vanilla layers with raspberry cream. Faux "wrought iron" lends an air of importance, says cake designer Ron Ben-Israel.Cake by Ron Ben-Israel
19. Colette's Cakes
New York City cake-maker Colette Peters, whose clients include Sting and Whoopi Goldberg (as well as President Bush and Bill Clinton), says the idea for this old-fashioned design-covered in rolled fondant and accented with royal-icing bluebells and cattails made of sugar dough-arose from etchings of 19th-century pastries she'd seen in books.
Cake by Colette's Cakes
20. Elegant Cheese Cakes
Susan Morgan's California bakery may be called Elegant Cheese Cakes, but this confection is all about white chocolate, from the fondant icing and handcrafted ferns to the pink dogwoods and blue forget-me-nots. "I love placing a surprise on top," says the designer of the cake's crowning achievement: a tiny chocolate bird's nest.
Cake by Elegant Cheese Cakes
21. Cheryl Kleinman Cakes
"I think the carefree movement of a butterfly evokes springtime and brings the feeling of fantasy to mind," says Cheryl Kleinman of Brooklyn, N.Y., who covered this four-tier tower with rolled fondant and accented it with dainty butterflies crafted from sugar paste. To make the creatures lifelike, Kleinman embossed their wings with tiny veins, then added a sugary shimmer. Cakes by Cheryl Kleinman Cakes
Fuchsia and neon orange daisies line this cheery cake, fit for a garden party wedding.
Cake by Cakeline.
23. Lovin Sullivan Cakes
For a seasonal cake topper, a bride and groom were replaced with a couple of songbirds.
Cake by Lovin Sullivan Cakes.
24. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Butterflies lend a beautiful touch to this floral fantasy.Cake by Ron Ben-Israel
25. Carrie's Cakes
Cascading gum paste daisies make an fuss-free statement on this pale pink cake.
Cake by Carrie's Cakes.
26. Montclair Baking
A pair of ladybugs are not only a whimsical embellishment, they're also good luck charms.
Cake by Montclair Baking
27. Sedona Cake Couture
The intricate lace details (inspired by the bride's gown) and hand-piped monogram on this cake are enhanced with vibrant pink and fuschia flowers that matched the bride's bouquet.Cake by Sedona Cake Couture
28. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Spice up a simple white cake with titled layers, alternating shapes and colorful spring blooms.Cake by Ron Ben-Israel
29. Sweet Melissa Patisserie
The cheery paisley pattern is a fashion-forward take on the season's colorful blooms. Cake by Sweet Melissa Patisserie
For this confection, Brenda and Mary Maher of Cakegirls created a baroque arrangement of shells on a simple monochromatic cake iced with fondant, since its thick consistency stands up better than buttercream to warm weather. The Mahers made these intricate treasures by pressing fondant into molds of actual scallop, clam and snail shells; faint lines of peach-colored iridescent powder add detail to each mollusk. Cake by Cakegirls
31. Confetti Cakes
This three hexagonal tier confection is dressed up with rolled, pale cantaloupe-colored fondant, white dots of royal icing and a cascade of individually applied sugar-dough orchids.Insider Tip: These are sugar flowers, but fresh dendrobium orchids are an excellent choice for cakes because they aren't quick to wilt.Cake by Confetti Cakes
For an elegant take on the bamboo torches and huts found at tropical locales, the Mahers rendered this minimalist interpretation by hand-shaping dozens of fondant reeds in varying lengths. The bakers then notched the stalks and affixed them in alternating directions to tiers of two different heights.
Cake by Cakegirls
33. Ruth Drennan for Tracy Reese
Adored for her feminine silhouettes and touchable textures, the N.Y.C. designer dreamed up this three-tier culinary masterpiece, inspired by a frothy watercolor-print dress, dubbed Pastel Garden with Flower, from her collection. "Their cake is the couple's moment to show their style, what their taste is. It's something everybody can enjoy," Reese says.Cake by Ruth Drennan Cakes
34. Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal
Layers of butter cake are brushed with clear creme de cacao and filled with fresh raspberries encased in white-chocolate buttercream. The cake is topped in smooth Italian buttercream and decorated with fresh raspberries, buttercream vines and fondant leaves. The finishing touch: a shaving of white chocolate served with each slice, which Smeal says is an easy way to add extra sophistication.Cake by Jim Smeal
35. Sedona Cake Couture
Soft pastel summer flowers in sugarpaste adorn this simple fondant cake dressed with white chocolate "pearls" for an intimate summer evening reception.Cake by Sedona Cake Couture
36. A Piece of Cake
The vibrant color contrast of turquoise and orange dahlias creates a Moroccan tile feel.
Cake by apieceofcakesb.com
Working in a palette of seawater blues, the Mahers envisioned this round, three-tier delight-with its obvious nod to fashion icon Emilio Pucci-as a funky swirling surf. The pair crafted the thick rolling waves from fondant, accenting each with iridescent sheen, and piped the delicate bubbles in royal icing.
Cake by Cakegirls
38. Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal
Layers of light, lemon-flavored buttermilk cake alternate with lemon-meringue buttercream and fresh blueberries. It's a perfect choice for summer, though you don't have to wed in June to serve it. "In the U.S. blueberries grow from May to July," says baker Jim Smeal, of Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal in Charleston, S.C, who created Reese Witherspoon's wedding cake. "But now you can get almost anything you want any time of year, if you pay a little bit more."
Cake by Jim Smeal
39. Sedona Cake Couture
Soft fondant draping combined with jewel-tone sugar roses on offset square tiers offer a modern, yet romantic look.Cake by Sedona Cake Couture
40. Gateaux Inc.
Panels of fondant were painted to mimic birch bark.Cake by Gateaux Inc.
41. Buttercream Studio
This artistic cake's untraditional square tiers are covered in abstract fondant leaves.Cake by Buttercream Studio
42. Chocolaz Artisan Cakes
The inspiration for this cake's coloring was a seasonal favorite: pumpkin.
Cake by Chocolaz Artisan Cakes
43. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Boldly colored blooms instantly add style.Cake by Ron Ben-Israel
44. Couture Cakes
Figs were both the color and design inspiration for this slender, stacked cake,Cake by Couture Cakes
45. Christine Dahl Cakes
An iconically autumn design, the assorted fondant leaves are reminiscent of maple sugar candy.Cake by Christine Dahl Cakes
46. Sweetest Perfections
A high-impact apricot colored flower gets all the attention with this dramatic cake design.Cake by Sweetest Perfections
47. Buttercream Studio
The centerpiece of this traditional white cake is a folk art-inspired tree.Cake by Buttercream Studio
48. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Vibrant blooms liven up simple yellow, oval-shaped confection.Cake by Ron Ben-Israel
49. Colette Foley Cakes
Sugar paste ferns, acorns and flower clusters bring a simple three-tier round cake back to nature. "This cake has a woodland feel," says Foley. "It reminds me of hiking in Vermont during the fall."Cake by Colette Foley
50. Take the Cake
Ribbons and bows add a colorful and decorative element without being ultra-feminine, thanks to a muted palette.
Cake by Take the Cake.
51. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Vibrant autumn colors brighten up this stunning silver and white confection.Cake by Ron Ben-Israel
52. Margaret Braun for Rene Caovilla
The Italian shoe designer's appropriately named collection, The Love Garden, is a fanciful interpretation of an Eden where "passions blossom." "I was looking for a way to combine electric colors from the outdoors with an old-world setting," says Caovilla, describing his Lucky Shoe Wedding Cake.Cake by Margaret Braun