Simple sweets

Cakes, Philadelphia
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Courtesy of Flying Monkey Patisserie

While I love the intricate patterns and sculptural details cake designers create out of fondant and spun sugar, there is something irresistible about simple desserts. The buttercream-iced cakes by Rebecca Michaels of Flying Monkey Patisserie in Philadelphia are a charming alternative to the traditional multi-tiered variety. You can create a dessert buffet at your reception by arranging several different cakes alongside cookies or other treats. Check out Rebecca's sweets in person at the Reading Terminal Market or view her online gallery at Flyingmonkeyphilly.com. —Allison Bean, Editorial Assistant, Brides Local Magazines

Wedding Wisdom: Don't be afraid to forgo intricate decoration in favor of flavor. Yes, elaborate cakes may look fantastic in photos, but once it's plated all your guests will care about is the taste.

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