Brides' editor Heather Lee handpicks her favorite wedding cakes, from three-tiered homemade creations to glam, couture-inspired confections.

Purple Wedding Cake with Frosting Rosettes

This beautiful cake comes from Three Little Blackbirds, a bakery located near Denver, Colorado. Called "I Dream of Blackberry," the elegant design features beautiful roses on the top tier. To create them, bakery owner Erin Schaefgen attached an open-star-shaped tip to a pastry bag and filled it with organic blackberry Swiss buttercream; then, she carefully piped the rosette, starting in the center of the flower and working outward, swirling the icing. The roses were piped in vertical columns "to give the illusion of ruffled swags," said Schaefgen. Flavors-wise, the bottom tier was comprised of purple-velvet swirl cake (vanilla cake infused with blackberries) layered with white-chocolate truffle ganache and blackberry buttercream; the top tier featured double-chocolate cake layered with additional white-chocolate truffle ganache and blackberry buttercream.

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Photo: Erin Schaefgen Photography