When we suggested sugarpaste pansies, Ron Ben-Israel was intrigued. Because pansies are usually not used in bouquets—they wilt—brides don't request them for cakes, either. But these sweet purple, blue, and white flowers look right at home on this cake, with its confectionery ribbon and lace-band accents. Ron, meticulously following botanical drawings of pansies, made them partly open. The pansies, which seem to have fluttered onto the cake, mimic nature right down to their yellow-and-black centers. Slice into this cake and find a luscious wild-blueberry cream filling with cherry plum preserves, price upon request, Ron Ben-Israel Cakes.
Photo: Wendell T. Webber