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Inspired by Miami’s eclectic vibe, Levi Richard, The Ritz-Carlton’s new pastry chef in Key Biscayne, is showcasing a tropical glam theme in all its glory.
 

The multitier blue wedding cake with brightly colored flowers is chef Richard’s grandmother’s German chocolate recipe.

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Made with a kick of Key lime and tequila, the flamingo cake makes for a great bridal shower or groom’s cake.

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Chef Levi Richard baked the three-tier white ribbon cake with brown butter, bourbon and honey to give it an extra-sweet sensation.

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Draped with purple orchids, this cake resembling driftwood is a combo of Florida orange pound cake and vanilla cream.

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Tropical-themed mini desserts are the perfect complement to a wedding cake.

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Confetti-topped cupcakes are perfect for a sweet ending

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Pineapples, palm trees and flamingos, oh my! Couples just can’t get enough of the tropics in Miami—it is, after all, what South Florida is famous for.

But there’s a major difference between beachy chic and kitschy. Fortunately, for couples who want to say “I do” on the picturesque island of Key Biscayne, located just 7 miles off the coast of mainland Miami, Levi Richard, The Ritz-Carlton’s new pastry chef, has mastered the delectable art of confection sophistication. And he’s incorporating family recipes passed down from the most influential woman in his life: his grandmother.

“I can’t help but draw inspiration from my surroundings here—the vibrant flowers, neon green iguanas and swaying palm trees—it’s hard not to be inspired,” says the California-born chef who recently moved to Miami by way of Washington, D.C. “I challenged myself to create wedding cakes that were fun, but different from the traditional idea of tropical. I wanted to showcase a casual elegance and include layers of decadence.” We’ll happily cut the cake. Wedding cakes from $12-$18 per slice, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, 305.365.4500