From Plate to Cake

We talk a lot about inspiration here at Half Baked.  Our site is meant to inspire you!  And time and time again we see that a great cake can be inspired by just about anything… an invitation, a pillow, jewelry…you name it!  Today’s cake was inspired by a collection of ladylike stoneware plates from Anthropologie.   Normally cake goes on a plate… but in this case, I think they got it absolutely right.

Jessica Harris, of Jessicakes, created this lovely cake for a collaborative photo shoot with Dani of Weddings Fresh and an excellent team of Portland-area talent.  This design is just stunning with its white on white detailing and textures, clean modern lines and romantic flair.  Perfectly trimmed with a ruffle and topped with a dainty flower, it’s love at first sight!
White China Plate by Jessicakes

A few thoughts from Jessica about her design:

“When Dani asked me to do a cake for this wedding shoot I was thrilled!  She wanted something feminine, modern and white.  She showed me the plates from Anthropologie that she was going to use and I went to work on some sketches.”
White China Cake by Jessicakes

White China Cake by Jessicakes

I absolutely adore the individual cakes at each place setting!  Talk about making a statement with cake.  LOVE it!  And you’re going to love Jessica for sharing a few hints about about her technique:

“From the beginning I knew the cake was going to be white on white, so I wanted to incorporate some textures on it.  That’s where I came up with the pearl tier and the reverse ruffles.  The ruffles were tricky, and had I had the time to do them again, I would have made them a bit thinner and more delicate.  But, all in all, I was really happy with the cake.  To make the ruffles, I rolled some fondant mixed with gumtex out and cut strips about 1.5 inches wide.  I marked on the cake (with toothpicks) every place where the ruffle would come out from the cake.  I left the toothpicks in the cake until I had wrapped the fondant strips around the cake and then used the toothpicks to help form the ruffles.  I then pulled the toothpicks out and smoothed the ruffles more with my thumb and index finger.  It took a bit of practice, but I liked the modern feel of them a lot.”

I want to send out a special thanks to Dani for the inspiration and putting together a beautiful shoot, and to Diana for her beautiful pictures that I will be able to keep forever!”

And we’d like to thank Jessica for sharing both her design and thoughts with us today!  Wishing everyone a Happy Friday and great weekend!

Vendors & Credits:
Cakes: Jessicakes
Event Design & Styling: Weddings Fresh
Photography: diana marie photography
Floral Design: Quince Flowers & Events
Tableware: Anthropologie & Pottery Barn
See the Full Photo Shoot: Style Me Pretty

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured on TLC, DIY Network, The Cooking Channel, Glamour and more.


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    LOVE all of these cakes, they are all so simple looking but gorgeous. ah just STUNNING

    please check out my cakes at
    im in highschool still learning/teaching myself and would love to know any tips and suggestions you have. i only dream to be able to make cakes like these one day!


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