Brides' editor Heather Lee handpicks her favorite wedding cakes, from three-tiered homemade creations to glam, couture-inspired confections.
I'm a big fan of Las Vegas-based pastry artist Rylan Tu's work—I've bookmarked her Art and Appetite website for a while now and continually refer back to her cake gallery for gorgeous inspiration. On her blog, Rylan writes that this elegant black-and-white wedding cake was inspired by glamorous chandeliers. The swag accents were created by pressing sugar paste into silicone molds, and I love the bold, topiary-like cake topper—it makes such a dramatic statement when done in jet black. Black and white is an always-chic wedding color palette, but I can also picture this design done in gold or copper. The confection would look right at home at a wedding held at a historic country estate (like Alder Mansion in Yonkers, NY) or a glamorous ballroom (like the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit—I love the tiered chandeliers in the Venetian Ballroom).