Grab a fork and a glass of milk. It’s time to dive into cakes—face first!

(This year’s birthday cake—I didn’t wait for a fork!)

Here are some of the inspiration images we brought to our cake tasting with Baker #3, Hotel du Pont. They’re divided into categories for easy browsing, too!




Aqua fondant coins circle their way round and round in overlapping layers. There’s another version with octagonal tiers and circles that look more like Nilla Wafers. Cookies on a cake—dessert win!


Unadorned layers of loveliness—no icing on the sides! How cool is that?! I love that it exposes the layers for a Neapolitan/spumoni look. Using varying shades of yellow and white would be a softer effect…but I also like the idea of using a bold yellow with analogous colors for a big pop. Random considerations: Would this cake be too dry without the side icing? And would it dry out faster, meaning it’d have to be completed on some insanely close deadline?



This lovely has enjoyed much popularity online. I think it started out as black icing on a white cake, but this yellow and white version is the most cheerful and sweetest.


Although a newer Martha cake, our baker has already constructed one. Good: she has experience with it and the kinks are worked out. Not so good: my desire for originality is slightly squished.


Add a little color, keep the tonality, and we’ve got ourselves a top contender. And with a bakery name like Eat Cake Be Merry, you can’t go wrong!



Piles of dark-chocolate curls. I’m in texture heaven with The Megeve. Wonder what the June heat will do to the curls? It’ll melt, won’t it? Drat! Why can’t we marry in the fall just to have this cake?!


I love this towering seven-tier confection by Martha—because we’re seriously obsessed with coconut and I love texture. It doesn’t require too much effort to create this look. As in, the design isn’t so precise that it’ll require hours of extra work (and drive up cost).

Simple and elegant:

Source (from Krose Cakes)

Clean. Modern. Adorned with a simple flower or two.


A clever twist on a simple cake. I’d have several stand-alones in lieu of a stacked cake.


The varying height makes this April Reed cake very appealing. Our baker figures we’ll need about four tiers. It may look like way more cake than a four-tier, but I think it’ll amount to the same. And is leftover cake the worst thing that could happen??


A little more frilly than we’d like, but it shows the different heights well.

What cakes inspired you? Summer brides: am I nuts for wanting a chocolate-curl cake?


Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
Shaking a Bad Feeling
Flower Power
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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 9:50 am

    Yum cake. Pregnant woman want cake! They’re all so pretty and the chocolate curl cake is so different. I kind of like it.

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    mightywombat 4974 posts, Honey bee @ 9:57 am

    Those pictures of you at the top just made my day.

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    cb4690 103 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:00 am

    If you’re having the cake outside, the curls will definitely melt :( Even buttercream melts in summer heat, (I’ve seen it happen!) so I can’t imagine what it would do to chocolate. If it can be placed inside, no worries!
    Also, I’m not digging the un-iced cake…even though I prefer to eat cake without icing (yum!), In my experience, it would get dry pretty quickly if it was made a day or two beforehand.

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    Ally, Guest @ 10:01 am

    We had a ganache-covered cake outside on a 70-ish degree August day and it survived fine. We just had stripes in the ganache though, so there wasn’t much to mess up. We had a separate “naked” cake with no frosting on the outside and it was even better than the ganache cake! It didn’t dry out or anything, and it looked really cool.

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 10:01 am

    I LOVE the first one!!! I’m a huge fan of simple modern cakes.
    And your birthday cake is deeeeeeeeeeeeeelish!

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    sugarpea 5088 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:08 am

    I love all of these cakes (: Almost all of them were already in my inspiration folder 😉 great minds think alike haha. I love the idea of the “naked” cake, but it might be hard for the layers to look that perfect and straight in real life.

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:10 am

    You are so cute! I’d imagine if your reception is indoors that the chocolate curls won’t be a problem? I am drooling over the 2nd cake, though (the Neapolitan)!

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:16 am

    Cake with no icing make Lox a sad panda. I am totally that girl who saves the icing for last because it’s the best part. :)

    Also, I love the pictures of you and your birthday cake!

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 10:18 am

    The frostingless cake is super cake! Looks like they served it with matching ice cream/sorbet? They would help would any potential dryness?

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    Denali 296 posts, Helper bee @ 10:40 am


    But seriously, don’t stop, because I love them.

    I really like that last cake. And the chocolate curl one is crazy!! (It sort of reminds me of this dog:

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:57 am

    @TheFutureMcBride: It is very different… and one reason why I like it so much. Our baker would curse us if we requested this one.
    @mightywombat: Heehee, it was messy fun!
    @cb4690: I figured as much. Maybe our guests could dip marshmellows into the melting chocolate exterior – fondue cake!@Ally: Do you know how far in advance your baker made the naked cake?
    @Gerbera: We like modern too. Nothing better than classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting! Mr. P did a very good job icing it. I think I’ll keep him around.
    @sugarpea: I need to pick among all of these and I can’t… love them all too much. Any super favorite?? I need cake design opinions.
    @Miss Tartlet: We could put it indoors, that’s where the dessert table will be. Neapolitan – I know!
    @Miss Lox: Ok, no icing-less cake. Got it.
    @alvina: If we serve it a la mode, I’ll have to see if the venue will supply it and decide on flavors. So many layers to these cake decisions!
    @Denali: You can blame me for wrecking your eating habits this week ladies! 😀 How did I know it was going to be a Puli!? That picture is hysterical.

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    oatmeal 221 posts, Helper bee @ 11:05 am

    How did you manage to find the most perfect photos of cakes and put them all here in one place for us to feast our eyes on?? Oh man. I’m partial to textured cakes versus the perfectly designed ones. Oh, that coconut one!?

    I better go eat some good, hearty breakfast STAT before I gorge on those brownies sitting on my counter. Thanks a lot, Miss P. :)

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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:09 am

    I love these ideas! I am a personal fan of the lace detailing on cake, but I love, love, love the simple cakes with the anemones on them!

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    Lilacgal 380 posts, Helper bee @ 11:10 am

    I LOVED the eating the whole choc. cake pic! LOL!

    I prefer simple cakes,but the coconut cake looked great! Happy choosing!

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    Blueshoes2 2638 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:24 am

    I love the look of the layered (without side-icing) cake! Not sure how it would taste without the icing, but pretty nonetheless!

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    ktisthatbees 1686 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:36 am

    even though I don’t even eat coconut, I’m loving the textured look of the cocnut cake! It’s classic cake with a modern twist

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    MrsTimber 262 posts, Helper bee @ 12:15 pm

    I was inspired to use cupcakes for several reasons: it wasn’t my or mrtimber’s first marriage, our children were our attendants, and cupcakes were far less expensive. We had a wonderful baker who specialized in oversized cupcakes with fillings and she gave us a bride & groom cake in a different flavor for the top of our tower. They were a big hit! As far as chocolate curls go… there is no “out” season for chocolate 😉

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    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 12:52 pm

    the chocolate curl cake is AMAAAZING. like the most luxurious cake ever. imagine cutting into that, wow. also loving the first photo of you, you are such the funny girl 😀 the coconut cake seems super easy to do and so naturally pretty. can’t wait to see what you end up with!!!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 6:32 pm

    That’s one of the most beautiful cake inspiration posts I’ve seen yet!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:00 pm

    @Miss Oatmeal: Did you eat a healthy breakfast? Or brownies. Muahahaha!
    @Mrs. Locket: The anemones ones are super sweet and it’s the flowers that really make it so… unfortunately we aren’t using anemones anywhere in our florals. Will have to see if we can swap it for one of our featured flowers.
    @Lilacgal: Re: goofy cake photos — I do what I can. I’m here for the hive’s amusement!
    @ktisthatbees: Seems easy enough for our baker to do too. I like that it’s not precise so the less perfect it is, the better it looks. Totally counter to my philosophy.
    @Blueshoes2: Maybe our venue should leave a bowl of icing for the icing-love folks like Miss Lox.
    @ktisthatbees: Another vote for the textured cakes! Would you be okay getting coconut on the outside if you were a guest?
    @MrsTimber: “there is no “out” season for chocolate” — well said!
    @Miss Crepe: We heart the chocolate curl cake but all of our tiers aren’t chocolate based, so I wonder how that’d go.
    @mrspaetz: Thank you. That means we have similar taste in cakes, right?

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    EMARILU 322 posts, Helper bee @ 7:10 pm

    Yummy, I love cake… The naked cake (unadorned layers) are uniquely beautiful I have never seen a set up like that. I really liked the look.

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:21 pm

    Ooh, I love them all!!

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