Color Your World

Five local bakers' bright and bold creations

    “Color is the new white,” says Gateaux Inc. owner Robin Martin. In this yellow, black, and charcoal cake, Martin copies elements of an invitation—modeling each layer after a different fabric swatch from the lining of an envelope. The result: a one-of-a-kind confection that perfectly complements Café & Bar Lurcat’s black-and-white checkerboard floor and gold embellishments. The best part? It tastes amazing.
    Says Jessica Bartl, owner of Jessica’s Cakes: “Orange was the color for this year—a very bold reversal from the year before.” To up the ante, she adds turquoise to her masterpiece. Bartl draws inspiration from an invite she discovered while researching paisley prints. She pipes small details on the brown stems for added color contrast. “I call it my 'plan G' cake, since it morphed so often from the initial concept.”
    Ly Lo crafts this assortment of accented desserts with summer shades in mind. “Orange is such a popular color—for this cake I wanted a deeper, bright shade,” says Lo, half the dynamic duo behind Sweets Bakeshop. Mission accomplished: Her cupcake tablescape offers guests an array of flavors to spice up stately venues. The confections, made primarily from local ingredients, can be displayed on a custom dessert table.
    Ten years ago, cake design mimicked the bridal gown. Now, artisans are ditching the lace, tulle, and bows in favor of flowers, invites, and bridal color palettes. The creative masterminds at Buttercream deck this dessert with hand-painted edible flowers and shimmering fuchsia petals. Set against the timeless decor of The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, the vivid pink is the perfect pop of fun for an elegant evening.
    Queen of Cakes designer Jo Garrison looks to her own closet for inspiration in this delicately designed purple confection. Garrison tips her hat to the Walker Art Center’s setting with a dramatic pattern she found on a headpiece from Via’s Vintage. The result is a soft and whimsical four-tiered cake with a twist of color and subtle hint of texture. It’s elegant and sophisticated, yet on trend and playful.

Five local bakers break the color mold with these bright and bold creations, one tier at a time. Captured in some of our favorite Twin Cities venues, these decadent desserts draw inspiration from the season's hottest shades. Color us impressed.

Photography by Katherine Harris

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