You're the inspiration

Cakes, California

Courtesy of I Dream of Cake

You may see just a patterned a plate, but a talented cake designer sees more—the inspiration for a fabulous cake. So bring your ideas—no matter how un-cake-like they seem—to your baker and see what develops. Case in point: The hand-painted pattern on this cake, designed by Shinmin Li of I Dream of Cake in San Francisco, was inspired by the Turkish tiles the couple used as escort "cards." To see more of Shinmin's inspired work visit Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides Northern California

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