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 online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel 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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