Icing? Frosting? Cake decor is made for winter. This stark, all-white cake (with white chocolate pinecones and sugar-covered floral wire) has candied oranges nestled in a buttercream filling―a crystallized, crunchy surprise.
Perfect peonies made of sugar paste (no, they’re not real) make this one of the best blooming cakes you’ll see. Inside: blackberry buttermilk cake with citrus buttercream. And celadon-tinted fondant adds a subtle hint of color.
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Hand-painted citrus slices hint at what’s underneath: lemon mousseline buttercream. Summer is high time for berries, too. Use them as decoration, in the layers, or, if you plan on chocolate cake, on the side as a fresh topping.
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Leaves in varying autumn colors are painted with food coloring and piped in royal icing. The cake is triple chocolate with mocha buttercream―rich and comforting. Other fall ideas? Incorporate pumpkin or hazelnuts into the filling.