Dessert: Chocolate Kisses

Chocolate with raspberries, chocolate with coffee, chocolate with hazelnuts, chocolate with chocolate ... Considering chocolate’s many decadent and distinctive potential mates—and keeping in mind that your wedding cake symbolizes the sweet life ahead—you might start looking at vanilla as, well, vanilla. So why not go cocoa? The following pages feature truly inspired chocolate cakes and desserts that play off popular color trends, classic flavor pairings, and the divine essence of the cacao bean.



berried away

Wrapped in dark chocolate and decorated with pink sugar ribbons, the inside of this stately chocolate chiffon cake (opposite page) is striped with chocolate-caramel ganache and milk-chocolate mousse. The enticing accompaniment: tender chocolate tart crusts filled with fresh raspberries, tucked into chocolate-raspberry ganache. By Jen Nurse at Jen’s Desserts (425-922-9080;


Go Nuts

Inside pistachio-macaroon-studded, dark-chocolate-glazed domes, three colorful layers of pistachio caramel, chocolate mousse cake, and cherry and pistachio crémeux (a blend of pastry and whipping creams) transport tasters to a Parisian pâtisserie. By William Leaman at Bakery Nouveau (206-923-0534)


jewel in the crown

Hand-crafted, polka-dotted creamy chocolate wraps this whimsical creation; a marzipan orange crowns it. The chocolate cake inside is sweet sophistication: devil’s food with orange and milk-chocolate mousse. By Sue McCown at Mmmmm … (206-799-2755)


ride the waves

Modeling chocolate coaxed into gentle waves and offset by a Tiffany-blue center makes these tiers well suited to a seaside affair. Inside, rich chocolate cake soaked with Meyer’s rum syrup is balanced by layers of creamy coconut filling. By Dan Mikosz at Starry Nights Catering & Events (425-284-2479;


make yours a triple


The delicate scroll piping and handmade white chocolate flowers decorating the hexagonal tiers of this ivory and true-white cake provide an elegant contrast to the rich chocolate-cappuccino mousse cake inside. A thin spread of buttercream brings out the oh-so-Seattle coffee-with-milk flavor. By Bonnie Lyons at New Renaissance Cakes (206-920-5322;