Move over, cupcakes and cake pops! Traditional cakes (that are anything but ordinary) are restaking their claim on the dessert table. Reflective glazes, innovative shapes and “I can’t believe that’s a cake!” designs are putting the classic confections back in the sweet spotlight.
Using rock candy crystals and modeling chocolate, Rachael Teufel, owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design, created this amethyst geode cake to celebrate the launch of Denver-based First Look Events.
While far from a cake in the traditional sense, the Raindrop Cake—trademarked by its creator, Darren Wong, who also does event catering—is a fascinating, jellylike treat inspired by mizu shingen mochi, a Japanese dessert.
Believe it or not, the only inedible part of these confections crafted by Australian baker Andres Fatso is their wrappers. Each is filled with layers of Nutella, matcha or peanut butter.
Russian confectioner Olga Noskova championed the mirrorlike cake craze earlier this year when her glossy sweet treats—made with a mixture of powdered gelatin, water, sugar and sweetened condensed milk—flooded Instagram.