6 Gorgeous Artist-Inspired Wedding Cakes

A Study in Sweet Whether you have a favorite artist or just love a particular painting, let your cake be your baker’s canvas to create a wedding-day design that’s nothing short of a work of art.

We don’t blame you for wanting to decorate your cake with bold, beautiful blooms. Why not let those by GEORGIA O’KEEFFE inspire you? Tiers of red velvet pound cake filled with cream cheese frosting, chocolate-chip pound cake with raspberry filling and butter pound cake filled with Nutella, all iced in buttercream and covered in thin fondant ruffles, $7.20 per person, created by Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Chestnut Hill. Simon Pearce black oval salad plate, $35 at Home Grown, Haverford.

The simplicity of PAUL CÉZANNE’S fruit-filled still lifes makes for the most darling little finishing touches on your Big Day confection. Yellow cake with strawberry buttercream filling iced in vanilla buttercream, draped in metallic fondant and topped off with fondant peaches and cherries, $8 per person, created by Night Kitchen Bakery, Chestnut Hill.

Borrow DAMIEN HIRST’S multi-toned butterflies for a warm-weather-perfect design. Browned-butter ganache, caramel and salted peanuts fill layers of banana cake finished in hand-painted fondant and sugar paste lisianthus, hydrangea and mimosa, $12 per person, created by the Cake Studio, Ocean City. Roost Meadow tumbler glasses, $14.95 each, and Iittala Kastehelmi glass bubble cake stand, $94.95, both at Scarlett Alley, Old City.

JACKSON POLLOCK’S splatter technique lives on in your cake in the form of perfectly drizzled chocolate ganache. Dark chocolate cake layered with mocha buttercream filling, covered in sage green and white marbled fondant and splattered with chocolate ganache, $7.25 per person, created by The Master’s Baker, West Chester. Maplewood lazy Susan, $125, and Sabre Aquarelle blue salad fork, $124 for a five-piece setting, both at Home Grown, Haverford.

Both the color palette and the whimsy of CLAUDE MONET’S water lilies make for a sweet work of art that’s feminine without being girly. Chocolate chip cookie base with a layer of ganache, chocolate chip cake and brown sugar buttercream, covered in hand-painted fondant and fondant water lilies, $8 per person, created by Cake Art Studio, Paoli. Match classic champagne flute, $172 for a set of two at Manor Home and Gifts, Rittenhouse. John Derian pedestal cake plate, $385, Arte Italica Tuscan salad plate, $79, and Florence stainless-steel dinner fork, $95 for a five-piece place setting, all at Home Grown, Haverford.

HENRI MATISSE’S signature bright geometric shapes lend themselves to a cheery, vibrant cake. Raspberry lemonade cake (white lemon cake filled with raspberry preserves and lemon curd buttercream) covered in white and colorful abstract fondant, $9.50 per person, created by Van Earl’s Cakes, Langhorne. Stainless steel square tray, $180 at Home Grown, Haverford.

This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2015 issue of Philadelphia Wedding

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