The 3rd Cake of July

Today is day three in our new cake series, The 4 Cakes of July!  Four talented bakers were asked to create new designs inspired by the 4th of July holiday.  To bring the beauty and colors of the American flag to life in a modern cake design like none we had seen before.  And today’s cake is all about refined elegance!

This third American beauty comes to us from Rachael Teufel, owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design in Erie, Colorado.  Rachael has been inspiring us with her beautiful cakes for years now (like this tangerine and turquoise tango and this ruched design).  Rachael paints a grand picture with her sophisticated interpretation of this patriotic theme.  The American flag, fluttering in the wind.  The stars and stripes gently rippling in the warm summer breeze.  With delicate hand-painted ribbons and soft silvery stars, this design is perfectly tailored for an elegant affair.  It’s exquisite!  And it’s The 3rd Cake of July!

Red, White & Blue Ribbons by Intricate Icings |

Rachael of Intricate Icings Cake Design shares the inspiration for her design:

“My inspiration for this cake was the US flag… deconstructed.  I incorporated a wavy red white and blue pattern on the bottom to symbolize the flag blowing in the wind by hand painting the stripes.  The top tier has 50 stars painted in a combination of blue and pearl shimmer.  The center tier highlights the hand made red sugar magnolia.”

Red, White & Blue Ribbons by Intricate Icings |

I love how the hand-painted ribbons gracefully cascade around the bottom tier while the subtle stars encircle the top tier.  The red, white and blue ribbon backdrop provides such a bold contrast to the crisp white cake.  It’s magnificent!  Now, let’s talk about this incredible sugar flower, shall we?  The details are crazy good and definitely demand a close up…

Red, White & Blue Ribbons by Intricate Icings |

Red, White & Blue Ribbons by Intricate Icings |

This soft and feminine design redefines the concept of flag waving!  I love that Rachael embraced the bold side of this color scheme and yet created something so polished.  The sugar magnolia bloom is incredibly striking with its bright crimson red details.   The whole scene is simply breathtaking!

A special thank you to Rachael of  Intricate Icings Cake Design for the ultra elegant red, white and blue inspiration!  And to Revert Imaging for the incredible photography!

Cake:  Intricate Icings Cake Design
Photography:  Revert Imaging

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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