Let’s face it. In America, the cake is the main event of any celebration. Guests who don’t want even a tiny piece of cake are killjoys. If you ever have to convince your boyfriend to go to a wedding reception, just tell him, “There will be cake!” Of course if that doesn’t work, your best alternative is saying, “There will be an open bar!” Blogs all over the web obsess over the art of cake sculpture, so finding fifteen cakes that blew me away was not difficult. Hopefully, these images might help give you ideas for your next celebration. These ornate desserts are the best in their categories!
These stark white branches won me over immediately. This will work for any party. The design is so smart. It’s busy architecture complemented perfectly by a lack of color.
The glazed Thanksgiving Turkey cake makes your mouth water, but in the wrong way. It would be hard to trick your mind into thinking sweet, when this cake appears so darn savory. It will surely give your guests the giggles, but bringing this dessert out after the turkey dinner might make your friends want to throw up.
What makes a better cake for your little princess than one celebrating the luxurious, spendthrift, Dauphine of France, Marie Antionette? The detail on the icing envelops the onlooker. Sadly, this cake might just look too pretty to eat, and your creditors will want your head on a pike when your bank account screams “Lady Deficit”. Such an illustrious cake demands an equally illustrious cake stand.
This Portaleo wonder from Highland Bakery is adorable and fun. I haven’t figured out quite how you would cut the cake without ruining your little girl’s birthday dress, but maybe this cake is more of a center piece than a last course. With the recent release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, I’d bet mobs of people will want a piece.
It seems this belongs in a courtyard, but believe it or not, this creation is edible, and a delicious cake at that. The gorgeous cake would be a shame to destroy, but it goes to show the most precious beauties are ephemeral.
This cake celebrates the beauty of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. To impress your lady-love, why cut off your ear when you could bake her a cake?
This tribute to Lord of the Rings has all the epic properties of the three part series. It is huge, meticulously detailed and in thick layers. Nice, Mr. Brian Stevens of Crazy Cakes!
Have you ever tried green ketchup? It tastes just like ketchup, but you feel disgusted all the same. If I’m biting into a tire, it won’t matter if it’s German chocolate with layers of creamy fudge. The detail impresses me nonetheless.
Some divorcee’s choose to celebrate the death of their marriages. This cake adds a hint of humor to the occasion. Some brides might even consider the joke for their weddings, but I would not recommend it. Men can be very sensitive.
Domesticated animals on cakes are nothing special, but a cephalopod sweet captures the imagination.
Valentines Day? Surprise your date with a giant edible human heart. If he or she doesn’t run out the door screaming, they’re a keeper! Be forewarned, you do run the risk of having them scoff and tell you to “Eat your heart out.”
This dessert from the Wicked Little Cake Company works for True Blood premiere parties, doctors’ benefits, and vampires’ thousand year anniversaries.
This cake reflects the fun you’ll be having at your birthday bash. It’s colorful, detailed and carefully sculpted. Better get a 24 hour warranty in case it falls over due to design flaw. Warranty does not cover consumption.
This cake bears two wedding bands, but it would have a prospective fiancee fainting if it bore an engagement ring. It reminds me of the proposal in that BBC mini-series The 10th Kingdom. The fellow used a pearl ring in a clam shell that serenaded his beloved.
When it comes to the art of baking, wedding cakes reign supreme. This white peacock chocolate cake wins as my favorite grandiose wedding cake. In New York City, when I lived in Harlem, I would sometimes visit the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to unwind after a stressful New York day. Once in the courtyard there, while I sat on a stone bench sketching the sculptures, my heart skipped a beat when I noticed a white peacock perched next to me. It was the first and only time I ever saw a peacock in person. Ornamental as a silk purse, I almost didn’t think this creature was real. Their elegance and poise suit a wedding cake perfectly. Just remember upon your investment, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.