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Desserts: Sweet Inspiration

Four bakers show how the most salient and meaningful elements of your relationship can color some truly delicious desserts.

Photographs by Jim Henkens

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true nature
Whether a couple’s love of the outdoors has to do with biking or bird watching, a tree-inspired cake is a natural choice in the Northwest. Chocolate panels, textured to look like wood grain, wrap the bottom of this super-natural double-chocolate cake by Mike’s Amazing Cakes; leaves made from modeling chocolate decorate the top tier. 425-869-2992; mikesamazingcakes.com 

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something blue
Some weddings, like some homes, are rich in tradition. Odette D’Aniello at Celebrity Cake Studio used one family’s generations-old English china pattern to inform the hand-painted decorations on this white-chocolate fondant-covered cake. 253-627-4773; celebritycakestudio.com

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carved in stone 
Taking inspiration from the romantic flourishes of the historic Seattle building where the bride and groom met, Bonnie Lyons at New Renaissance Cakes created a chocolate cake filled with Grand Marnier mousse and covered with pure, locally made buttercream and rolled fondant. Airbrushed opalescent powder creates a shiny, satinlike finish. 206-920-5322; newrenaissancecakes.com

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faux real
Krissie Bowman and Kara Cuellar at The Last Bite used a bride’s lovely tiered gown as the inspiration for this evocative fondant-covered creation. Bowman suggests renting a fancy-but-fake showpiece Styrofoam cake like this one while serving guests more cost-effective sheet cake. 253-927-3461; thelastbite.net