3 Artistic Takes on Wedding Cake Feature Romantic Details

Styled Shoot
Creativity is the main ingredient in these masterful confections created by Arizona wedding professionals.
Written by
Chelsea Gibson


Arizona Bride Spring/Summer 2024

It was refreshing to showcase cake for a styled shoot. It’s not often cakes get the spotlight and feel they can be the centerpiece of a wedding reception.
– Paige Robertson, Front Paige Events

When baking a vision for this cake-centered editorial, Paige Robertson of Front Paige Events used her go-to conceptualizing method: bring a group together and watch everyone’s individual passion take off. “I am a collaborative creative,” she says. “I like to share the vision and watch it take shape. Doing this allowed the design to take form in beautiful ways.” The cake is often the centerpiece of the reception, but add an amazing presentation, and it can be spectacular. When approaching this design, that was top of mind for all, especially KC’s Florals, who worked with the cake masters and Robertson to create a world for each cake to shine. “From the beginning, all scenes had spatial design features—and spatial design moves the design beyond the table,” Robertson notes.

Garden Whimsy

Honeybee Cake Co.’s Candis Spivey says she “approached the cake as a blank canvas and let the color palette and technique lead,” resulting in a stunning hand-painted buttercream floral cake. Also a tribute to the spring season, her gluten-free vanilla cake was filled with whipped raspberry and topped with a subtle lemon buttercream frosting. Florals and fairytale components wove together to yield a magical display recalling Alice in Wonderland. Robertson adds, “The little touches hidden within the flowers brought amusement and romance.”

Modern Romance

Armana Christianson of A. Cakes Bakery’s fabulous five-tiered creation was wrapped in fondant with torn edges and decorated with stretched rice paper, sugar roses, floating wafer paper flowers and edible pearls. “I had this overwhelming feeling of flowing, whirlwind romance,” explains Christianson. “I wanted to create that in the form of cake.” As for the decadent flavor, she opted for almond cake with apricot jam filling covered in honey Swiss meringue buttercream. “With the romantic set, the asymmetrical drape matched the offset arrangement of the florals, and the gathering—as well as the color—of the drape perfectly matched the cake,” says Robertson. “It seemed as though the elements were extensions of one another.”

Take Shape

Erica Bentson of Whisk & Paddle Bakeshop went with a gorgeous three-tiered geometric cake featuring a decorative hexagonal spacer. The tiers were covered in marbled fondant with hand-painted gold veining, and hand-lettered love notes on wafer paper added a decorative touch. “I wanted to blend modern and romantic with the geometric and old feel of love letters,” says Bentson. “And I’m really into marbling right now.” As for the inside of the cake, it was just as intricate as the outside: a tangerine chiffon with whipped mascarpone tangerine curd. Robertson adds of the display, “The flowers hung down surrounding the cake that stood tall like a museum display.”