Of course all wedding cakes are made by hand—but how many really feel like they could have come from your grandmother's kitchen? The cake-cutting ritual is about sharing, not showing off, so get to the heart of it with a simple, natural beauty that's perfect for a reception with a backyard feel.

The expert use of a few pastry-bag tips creates a not-too-perfect cake that's about tastiness, not grandstanding. With dollops of luscious buttercream in varying sizes, the design looks prim but not overly twee.

Cake by Nine Cakes; hobnail cake stand, Fenton, Replacements, Ltd.

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