Dessert: Let There be White

Five Northwest bakers use unexpected textures and fresh designs to update the classic white wedding cake



stripe it rich

Restrained and elegant, this set of almond-hazelnut cakes by Steven Moore Designs strikes just the right note with stylish couples who think less is more. And while the design is understated, the flavors are complex and rich: the cakes are striped with pistachio curd, iced with vanilla bean buttercream, and wrapped in marshmallow fondant. 360-739-0117;


round and round

Decadent white chocolate ganache and passion fruit mousse flavor the velvety white cake concealed underneath vanilla bean Italian meringue buttercream. But the real appeal of this confection by Iška Pallis of Cake might lie in its hand-crafted, creamy white-chocolate cigarettes and fondant rose. After all, the details make the day. 206-274-7516;


ultra-modern romance

Handmade sugar-dough frills and flower blossoms lend whimsical charm and cotton candy decadence to an otherwise clean-lined double-decker cake by Jen Nurse and Ashley Springer of Jen’s Desserts. A cake this architectural deserves a well designed flavor profile; indeed, its layers of orange blossom honey mouse and vanilla meringue crunch lightly accent the airy, French-style génoise sponge cake within. 425-922-9080;


three of a kind

Sue Boggie of That Takes the Cake wants couples and their guests to enjoy their cake and watch it come down the aisle, too. On this set of almond cream-filled almond-poppyseed cakes, true-white chocolate buttercream dots mimic wedding day pearls while fresh flowers topping the tiers echo the celebration’s floral décor. 425-210-2302;


silk sheets

Inspired by old-world damask, baker Michael Jones for Crème de la Creme created a stenciled look that’s ornamental and grand. Under the decorated rolled fondant, layers of fluffy, effervescent pink
champagne cake (vanilla soaked in champagne syrup) play off of strawberry preserves and vanilla Bavarian creme, culminating a powerfully pink appeal that’s perfect for berry harvest season. 425-282-0329; www.cakes