Five Chicagoland cake artists were tasked with creating a cake inspired by the essence of a specific flower. The result was a collection of cakes worthy of their own spot in a flower shop.
Lavandula (Lavender) – Bittersweet Pastry Shop
Lavender symbolizes devotion and serenity and is well-known for its calming scent. Their clustered blooms are tiny individual buds, branching together to create a fragrant bunch. Bittersweet Pastry adorned their creation with buzzing hummingbirds, showcasing pollination and the beginnings of something new blooming.
BEST AVAILABILITY: Summer
Helleborus (Hellebore) – Toni Patisserie & Cafe
Hellebore is a flower associated with serenity and peace. Often this flower is seen as holding a calming air around it, sending a message of stillness in the chaos. This flower comes in many colors and petal/ leaf variations, giving it the flexibility to fit into different aesthetics. In capturing the essence of this bloom, Toni Patisserie chose to make the flowers on this cake out of wafer paper. The result showcased a translucent and airy quality reminiscent of the flower itself.
BEST AVAILABILITY: Mid-winter through early spring
Paeonia suffruticosa (Peony) – ECBG Cake Studio
The peony is one of the most common wedding florals for a reason. Symbolic of happiness, beauty and romance, this ravishing bloom is considered a good omen for a happy marriage ahead. ECBG Cake Studio played off of the signature texture and color tones of the peony to create a stately but feminine cake.
BEST AVAILABILITY: Spring
Orchidaceae (Orchid) – The Quintessential Cake
Widely seen as a flower to celebrate life’s precious moments with, the orchid symbolizes love, elegance and virility. Orchids are the epitome of grace and luxury, but also are resilient and durable. Beauty backed by strength is certainly a tenant to be embraced in wedding design. Showcasing this principle, Quintessential Cake handcrafted sugar orchids cascading down a sleek and dramatic silver-banded canvas.
BEST AVAILABILITY: Year-Round
Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea) – Creative Cakes Bakery
The sweet pea flower evokes bliss and symbolizes well wishes, kindness and friendship. The annual floral blooms in sprawling clusters, emitting a sweet fragrance widely desired for perfumes, candles and other home scents. Creative Cakes brought the delicate femininity of the sweet pea to life on a basket woven canvas, topped with climbing pink and purple buds.
BEST AVAILABILITY: Late winter into early spring