In the hands of a talented baker, offbeat elements can look refined and elegant, not garish or goofy. One wacky style that works was created as a nod to a couple’s African-themed wedding. Hand-painted animal prints decorated this fondant-covered cake, created by I Dream of Jeanne Cakes in Andover, jtcakes.com. Exotic gumpaste lilies provided a wild finishing touch. Cost: $7 per slice.