Cake Flower: Inspired by Flavors and Textures of Nature

Florals and cake make the perfect pair in these creative displays.
Written by
Lara Burnap


Seattle Bride Fall/Winter 2023
Nestled in a meadow of wildflowers, Lady Grey’s floral cake is adorned with delicate hand-painted blooms and subtle textures that give movement to the overall design. Offering a hint about the cake’s blackberry buttercream filling, Gayle Harvie of Belles and Whistles crafts an ethereal field of flowers in hues of periwinkle and blush with butterfly ranunculus, delphinium, tulips, blue hyacinth and bunny tail plumes, all perfectly captured on Parties on the Terrace’s Grand Lawn. The vanilla buttermilk cake is layered with blackberry buttercream and lemon curd for a refreshing taste.
Overlooking the Augustus Terrace, this display is simple and striking in its blend of elegant florals and modern design. Crème de la Crème’s three-tiered cake is embossed with a gorgeous three-dimensional diamond pattern that brings texture and a sense of the contemporary to the design. In a creative twist, Belles and Whistles encircle the cake with Pieris japonica, or Japanese lavender heath, an evergreen shrub whose beauty is enhanced here by tiny bell-shaped buds that perfectly complement the cake’s plum tone. Crème de la Crème’s lemon raspberry cake features four layers of lemon cake filled with citron and raspberry buttercream.
Against the backdrop of The Grand Lawn, Belles and Whistles creates a romantic scene by suspending Sift & Gather’s chic confection on a floral-filled swing. Sift & Gather’s classic honey vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is a true delight. The striking two-tiered cake is wrapped in a cascade of ruffles painstakingly created from wafer paper below a smooth-coated top tier. The verdant arrangement of peach and pink florals features hydrangeas, jasmine vine, chrysanthemums, scabiosa and garden roses, forming a stunning base for the cake.