Five cake designers turn their museum-worthy cakes into more affordable options

Sugar Blossom Symphony

$18 per slice

Sugar flowers are incredibly lifelike and certainly up the “wow” factor. They’re also one of the priciest ways to decorate a cake. “Each flower—especially varieties with lots of petals, like roses and peonies—can take up to thirty minutes to create,” explains Lauri Ditunno, of Cake Alchemy, in New York City. “And it would take hundreds of flowers to create a lush cascade.

Illustration: Courtesy of Cake Alchemy