Elements of Surprise

Wow your guests with cakes inspired by the wonders of the natural world | Photography by EE Berger | Styling by Erika Patterson

Vanilla cake filled with raspberry jam, frosted in almond buttercream with a stark white fondant covering, and decorated with a modern silver design and sugar flower peony, $465, and cinnamon sugar vanilla glazed doughnuts with modern silver décor mediums, $2.50 each, at Love & Buttercream, Birmingham; 248-850-7207; loveandbuttercream.com.


— silver —

Rich and luminous, silver adds timeless elegance to a sleek, modern wedding cake. Often associated with the moon, hope, unconditional love, and purity, silver brings a slice of heaven to earth on your wedding day.


Chocolate cake with red raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream, chocolate ganache, and decorated with homemade sugar crystals, hand painted agate effect, 23K edible gold accents and handcrafted agate sugar accents and topper, $1,250 for 100 servings, and lemon berry cupcakes with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream and fondant, decorated with homemade sugar crystals and hand painted edible gold, $12 each, at Sweet Delights Cakery, West Bloomfield; 248-787-7766; sweetdelightscakery.com.


— agate —

Forged in volcanic or metamorphic rocks, agate, a crystalline member of the chalcedony family, comes in a rainbow of colors and varieties. Associated with strength and stability, it’s the perfect inspiration for a marriage built on the same foundation.


Layer cake with chocolate cake with dulce de leche and salted caramel buttercream, coconut cake with lemon passionfruit buttercream, and hummingbird cake with rum buttercream, with fondant, hand painted rose gold detailing, and handmade gum paste leaves, succulents and wafer paper rose and ranunculus, $900, and custom sugar cookies with fondant and hand painted rose gold detailing, $5 each, at Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Ann Arbor; 734-761-2095; zingermansbakehouse.com.


— rose gold —

An alloy of gold, silver and copper that produces a signature blush hue, rose gold is trending everywhere from fashion to electronics. When you consider the underlying meaning of the metal, it’s no wonder it’s become a favorite for weddings — rose gold symbolizes love.


Citrus almond cake layered with blood orange curd and citrus praline buttercream, finished with marbled fondant and gilded wafer paper, $900 for 80 servings, and salted caramel marble macarons with gold splatter, $2 each, at Sweet Heather Anne, Ann Arbor; 734-913-2025; sweetheatheranne.com.


— marble —

With its stark beauty, marble has long been the preferred material of the world’s greatest artists and architects. It also symbolizes purity and immortality — making it the perfect inspiration for a wedding cake celebrating your endless love.