Wedding Cake with Cherry Blossoms

Forget traveler’s checks—these days it's all about traveler's treats, with brides choosing fanciful cakes inspired by the local customs and traditions of their destination wedding locations. From a confection topped off with an edible Indian elephant to a Hawaiian cake decorated with "bamboo" made from sugar, these cakes are sure to add a sweet touch to your faraway celebration. Not breaking out your passport until after the big day? A cake that takes a cue from a favorite trip with your groom (or even hints at your honeymoon destination) is still a great way to add an exotic element to a hometown wedding. —Kathryn Papanek

This vibrant cake is topped off with keepsake ceramic Asian toppers provided by the bride and groom. The chocolate gauche cake's orange- and pink-hues were specially designed to match the couple's wedding colors. Jacques Fine European Pastries, jacquespastries.com.

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