Shaped and themed cakes are awesome, of course, but I still drool and dream over more traditional wedding cakes, too. After all, they've come a long way from just simple tiers with flowers - even the simple tiers with flowers!
Love this SO MUCH.
And take a look at this amazing "fabric" pleating:
(By Delectable by Su)
Hard to believe those tufted pinwheels and embroidered borders are all sugar. It's so perfect!
And check out the string work on this engagement beauty:
(By Hana of A Piece of Cake)
I love the curls on the top tier, and the piping on the bottom lace collar and upper level strings is simply awe-inspiring. Skill like this always renews my faith in cake artistry. :)
Here's a sweet dress-inspired design:
Look at the design at the bottom of the skirt ruffles!
And how's this for a modern twist on a classic?
(By Elizabeth's Cakes)
If you've never stacked or tried to support cakes in the shape of a ball before, let me assure you: it's hard. And all that detail! Totally swoon-worthy.
Another rounded design:
See that lace border on top? Someone piped that. Yeah. Respect!
And speaking of mad piping skills:
(By The Cake Gallery)
Whoah. This reminds me of the Victorian-themed Grand Floridian resort here in Orlando. Frills and bows and hand-piped lace, oh my!
Or, for a more modern touch:
(By Fleur de Lisa Cakes)
This has been one of my favorite designs since before I even started CW. I love the swirls and the bold flowers.
Or, how about John's favorite?
(By Sugarbelle Cakes)
And finally, the cake that had me scooping my jaw off the desk:
(By Susan Trianos aka Peecheekeeno)
That's all *cake*, guys. Look at that tufted tier in the middle. LOOK AT IT. Now, tell me: how the heck do they DO that? Not to mention the perfect corset lacing, the bows, the ruffles, the porcelain-perfect gumpaste roses...seriously, I think I could stare at this all day. Just. Gorgeous.
And from my other blog, Epbot: