The New Fruit Cake

Just a Dash Cakes floral cake
Colorful, vibrant and bursting with life, these creative confections are inspired by nature's sweetest treats.
Written by
Chelsea Gibson


Oregon Bride Spring/Summer 2021

Just a Dash Cakes of Beaverton approached every tier of this cake differently, starting with a hand-painted gold bottom tier, followed by a semi-naked middle tier and a gold-leaf-adorned crown. The design is finished with fresh berries, figs, cascading dusty pink roses, lisianthuses and purple wax flowers. Prices start at $6.50/serving.

Sewell Sweets of Newberg accessorized this four-tier cake with its trademark edible handcrafted sugar work of gum-paste lemons, blueberries, petite soft peach roses, hand-pulled white jasmine blossoms, buds and greenery. The blue cake tier is inspired by the sweet summery hue of fresh blueberries, while the bottom layer introduces a modern touch with a hexagon shape and geometric details. $725/cake.

This extra-tall three-tier vanilla bean cake from Lake Oswego’s Too Sweet Cakes features marionberry- raspberry compote, vanilla cream-cheese buttercream filling and fresh raspberries. Decorative touches of gold, fresh flowers and greenery—along with the contrasting smooth and rough textures lend a rustic yet elegant feel. $10/slice

Wilsonville’s Lux Sucre Desserts covered this cake’s exterior with soft shades of pink, peach and yellow Italian buttercream, adding details of brightened apple slices and edible, gold-covered Rainier cherries. Coconut “moss” and fresh florals bring the final look to life. $8.50/slice.

A terrazzo texture and a palette of oatmeal, orange and blush come together in a five-tier masterpiece reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Created by Bend’s Foxtail Bakeshop, the cake is finished with punchy persimmons, custom rose gold honeycomb and delicate greenery. $15/slice.