A Piece of Cake

Five area pastry chefs and bakers share their favorite creations that depict au courant dessert trends


Chef Janderyn Makris

This lemon sponge cake with elderflower buttercream features rice paper painted in watercolor and accented with edible gold and pearl dragées. Earth & Sugar can also create mini desserts, such as cookies, macarons, and other petite confections (opposite page), for a dessert bar display.

Photographer: PS Photography + Films



Chef Carissa Berbrick

Modern elegance is the name of the game for this Champagne cake with a strawberry spread and a custard buttercream filling. It’s covered in fondant and decorated with an ombré gray base and golden edges. Wafer paper sails, gold lace accents, and handmade sugar flowers add an artistic touch, while mini baked doughnuts coated in cinnamon sugar complete the sweet scene.

This display features modern, romantic, and whimsical details as well as homemade doughnuts.
Photographer: Carissa Berbrick



Chef Joshua Rhodes

Customization is a popular theme when it comes to wedding cakes. For this creation, Joshua Rhodes opted for alternating tiers of gold, various textures, and intricate floral detailing. Each tier also conceals a different flavor, such as chocolate buttermilk with white chocolate mousse and sliced strawberries, and vanilla cake with a dulce de leche filling. 

Photographer: Nancy Cohn Photography



Chef Stacy Paret

This duo is decorated with rustic florals and gold leaf. The tall cake is lemon coconut with a fresh strawberry filling, and the little one is a chocolate mocha cake with chocolate mousse and dark chocolate crémeux.

Photographer: Alana Harris Photography



Chef Zachary Detweiller

This cake encapsulates all things Palm Beach. Inside, a Key lime and graham cracker cake is accented by a Key lime mousse filling and meringue. Outside, a crisp fondant exterior gives way to cascading citrus-flavored macarons in orange, lemon, and lime. Miniature oranges crown the top and leaves appear throughout.

This cake was inspired by the vibrant colors and flavors of Palm Beach.
Photographer: Karla Korn Photography

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