photography by Charity Burggraaf
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Bringing Textured Cakes to the Party

White textured cakes shine bright for modern, playful receptions

We tasked four marvelous local bakers to imagine a world filled with crisp, white cakes embellished with ruffles, patterns, and glazes to pop against geometric backgrounds for modern, playful celebrations.

Ruffles have Ridges
Christina Kim Mathis of Blue Box Bakery decorated this towering, four-tier dream of a cake with cascading feathered ruffles and sugar roses. The interior features a vanilla hazelnut cake with chocolate hazelnut mousse ($12/slice). “A dramatic interior to offset the bright white,” she says. White glass cake stand, call for pricing, Deep Sea Sugar & Salt; rose bubble glasses, $18 each, Anthropologie; dahlia bouquet, $200, Sauvage Fleur; white ceramic vase, $88, Notary Ceramics; antique table, call for pricing, Vintage Ambiance; removable wallpaper, Coloray.

“For the couple with classic tendencies wanting a bit of a twist” – Nancy Stuart

No. 1 Fan
Nancy Stuart of Saltadena crafted this striking two-tiered cake with fans of coconut. The top tier is finished with a painted technique, a white chocolate sail, and white chocolate drip. The cake itself is a delectable white cake with dessicated coconut filling ($10/slice). Opposite page: Removable floral wallpaper, $8, Think Noir Wallpaper; tapered candles, $3.99, Cost Plus World Market; candlesticks, call for pricing, Sauvage Fleur; macarons, $2 each, Lady Yum; vanilla cupcakes with coconut and vanilla frosting, $4 each, Cupcake Royal; blue dessert plate with gold rim, $75, Anna Weatherly Design, Neiman Marcus; Bristol white dessert plates with gold rim, call for pricing, coup glasses, $2 each, both Fanciful Rentals; silver geode coaster, $14,Anthropologie; JANKNG gold forks,$28.99/five-piece set, Amazon

“It’s important to me that the cakes are not only beautiful, but also delicious” – Charlie Dunmire

Take the Cake
This table of dreams was put together by Charlie Dunmire of Deep Sea Sugar & Salt. Cakes from left to right: Earl grey cake with orange peel bergamot mascarpone filling, buttercream frosting, and a meringue topping ($75); graham cracker cake with fresh banana filling, vanilla buttercream, buttercream petal top, and white candy sprinkle ($70); lavender lemon Bundt with lemon glaze ($30); all cake stands Deep Sea Sugar & Salt, call for pricing. Indigo and white shibori linen, $64; wedgwood blue napkins, $3.50 each, both La Tavola Fine Linen; handmade cotton paper menu, $4–$5 per menu, Letter + Line Studio; wood-handled cutlery, $3.99 each; blue-and-white dessert plates, $7.99 each; ceramic vases, call for pricing, all Cost Plus World Market

Slice of Life
Kevin Moulder of Cubes Baking whipped up this formidable three-tiered square stunner (call for pricing). The slice you see here is vanilla with a marionberry and blackberry filling. Opposite page: removable bird wallpaper, $8, Think Noir Wallpaper; lavender topaz tablecloth, La Tavola Fine Linen; flower arrangement with bird of paradise and protea, call for pricing, pink short-stemmed wine glasses, call for pricing, both Sauvage Fleur; JANKNG gold fork, $28.99/five-piece set, Amazon; pink dessert plates, $16, Anthropologie.