Photos: 6 Gorgeous Cake Ideas for Your Spring or Summer Wedding

Bonus: Each of them was created by a talented Philly baker.

From the lightest watercolor washes to the most intricate designs, hand-painted wedding cakes are this season’s most popular Big-Day confection.

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These delicate hand-painted blooms give fresh ones some rare competition. Vanilla cake soaked with honey/lavender/white wine syrup, layered with honey/goat cheese buttercream and wrapped in Swiss fondant with hand-painted and three-dimensional flowers, $13 per person, created by Cake Life, Kensington. Italia Kastehelmi cake stand, $69.95 at Scarlett Alley, Old City. Villeroy & Boch Mariefleur salad plate, $29, after-dinner cup, $24, and saucer, $19, and La Classica gold fork, $140 for a five-piece place setting, all at Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia.

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Don’t worry about deciding on one pretty pastel: Have your baker swirl ’em all together. Lemon cake with fresh blueberries and a raspberry cream filling, covered in Swiss meringue vanilla bean frosting and watercolor buttercream, $6.50 per person, created by Amy’s Sweet Bake Shop, West Chester. Bernadaud Origine light blue service plate, $44, Italia Kastehelmi small plate, $20, and Roost green glasses, $69.96 for a set of four, all at Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia.

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A soft wash of color gets an edge from a more modern shape. Hexagonal confetti cake with crushed Oreo filling, covered in watercolor fondant with sugar succulents, $10 per person, created by Cake Studio, Ocean City. Vieri Rufolo gold glass charger, $48 at Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia. Sferra linen napkin, $15, and Michael Wainwright gold knife, $55, both at Home Grown, Haverford.

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A stripped-down design makes for a refined-rustic look. Champagne cake with raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream, ombré coral brushstrokes on fondant and handcrafted sugar flowers and leaves, $11.75 per person, created by Nutmeg Cake Design, Manayunk. Anna Weatherly Simply Anna charger, $114 at Manor Home & Gifts, Rittenhouse*. Kate Spade Rosy Glow toasting flutes, $65 for the set at Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia. Swedish Grace mint plate, $19.95, and bowl, $14.95, and Sabre mint fork, $89.95 for a five-piece place setting, all at Scarlett Alley, Old City. Cake stand, stylist’s own.

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Hit two trends with one gorgeous cake when it’s streaked in shimmery metallics. Raspberry pound cake with lemon curd filling, covered in ivory fondant with hand-painted gold stripes, $6.20 per person, created by Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream, Chestnut Hill. Gold Roost glasses, $24.95 each at Scarlett Alley, Old City. Anna Weatherly Simply Anna polka-dot cup and saucer, $98 at Manor Home & Gifts*. Marble lazy Susan, stylist’s own.

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When your piece of cake is also a piece of art. Vanilla buttermilk hand-painted square tile cake with raised appliqués, filled with lemon curd and lemon meringue buttercream, $12.50 per person, created by Whipped Bakeshop, Fishtown. Richard Ginori square white Vecchio plate, $160, Villeroy & Boch New Cottage goblet, $50, and New Wave spoon, $79 for a five-piece place setting, all at Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia. William Yeoward champagne coupe, $40, and Sferra linen napkin, $15, both at Home Grown, Haverford.

*{Ed note: Manor Home & Gifts has closed since this issue’s publication.} 

Photography by Brett Thomas. Styling by Lauren Kozakiewicz. This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2017 issue of Philadelphia Wedding

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