Local bakers are turning out the latest in wedding cake trends, from scantily frosted “naked” cakes to carefully executed drip designs, artful watercolor effects to shimmering metallics and, sometimes, a chic return to classic white. While you ponder the variety of latest looks hitting cake stands, we recommend indulging in some tasting, too. Bakers offer private appointments for prospective clients, of course, but you can begin your research more casually. Buy a single slice or cupcake in one of these bakers’ bestselling flavors, and start dreaming of your unique wedding-day dessert. Tiers of Joy Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery Drawing inspiration from a garden-themed invitation with dreamy floral accents, Heidi Allison of Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery created this peach-amaretto wedding cake enrobed in honeycomb-stamped fondant. We love the up-to-the-minute geometric pattern, a subtle modern update to the classic white wedding cake, and appreciate the nod to the bakery’s namesake bee. Intricate sugar flowers — peonies, anemones, ranunculus and roses — sweeten the look. Stop into Sugar Bee’s Arlington shop, now serving breakfast and coffee, for a cupcake (flavors change weekly) or to schedule your cake tasting. Among the bakery’s most popular wedding cake flavors are vanilla with blackberry-cream cheese filling and almond with raspberry-buttercream filling. 201 N. East St., Arlington, 817-903-8661, sugarbeesweets.com. Photo by Ben Q Photography, benqphotography.com Loft22 Cakes Pastry chef Tareka Lofton had the tropics on her mind with this wedding cake. Underneath the buttercream is pineapple cake soaked in rum and coconut milk with coconut filling. Atop the frosting, Lofton painted watercolor effects in a vivid aqua that evokes the ocean and used trendy metallics, too. “A lot of people think you can only paint on fondant, but we paint on buttercream,” Lofton says. “It can be a little tricky, but most people prefer the taste of buttercream.” Her secrets? Working with a chilled cake — and diluting food coloring with a little vodka. The finishing touch came in the form of florals from Query Events, which added thistle, heather, roses, cymbidium orchids and spray roses. Loft22 offers cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes and other treats from its storefront, but for a taste of some of the popular wedding cake flavors — peach marmalade, strawberry champagne and lemon raspberry — schedule a tasting. 106 E. Daggett Ave., Fort Worth, 682-841-1771, loft22cakes.com. Photo by Trisha Kay Photography, trishakayphotography.com The London Baker The bride’s Pinterest page was filled with color swatches, flowers, bridesmaids dresses and more. Using those images as a jumping-off point, baker Elizabeth Rowe, an England native known as The London Baker, drew up her fanciful five-tier cake design. Inside are layers of Strawberry Bliss, fresh strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream filling; Speckled Governor, vanilla cake with crushed Oreos in the batter and buttercream filling; and Tipsy Duke, dark chocolate cake made with milk stout beer and salted caramel buttercream filling. With her house-made marshmallow fondant covering each layer as a canvas, Rowe used food coloring to paint the cakes in a trendy watercolor style. Crowning two layers is a dramatic gold chocolate ganache drip. Gold fondant leaves wrap around the bottom layer, fresh flowers adorn the tiers and a Chanticleer Wedding Art cake stand adds height and glamour. Watch for a new storefront to open late this summer off Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth. In the meantime, tastings are available by appointment, 214-838-6646, thelondonbaker.com. Photo by BeatBox Portraits, beatboxportraits.com Creme de la Creme This wedding cake began as a nearly naked design — four layers of chocolate truffle cake with salted caramel and peanut butter mousse filling, frosted in just-this-side-of-scant white buttercream. From there, baker Jamie Holder dressed it up. Caramel dripped down from the top three layers is right on trend and hints at the filling flavor. Creme de la Creme macarons; ranunculus, roses and huckleberry foliage arranged by Justine’s Flowers; and a variety of fresh berries give it a lush presentation. For good measure, there’s a dusting of edible gold leaf on the sides of the largest layer. Stop by to sample cake by the slice — you might find white cake with blackberry and cream cheese filling, or chocolate truffle cake with salted caramel filling. The bakery also schedules regular open houses and offers tastings by appointment. 6511 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817-492-8888, cremedelacremecakecompany.com. Photo by Arden Prucha Photography, ardenprucha.com
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