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Southern Exposure

When in search of sweet inspiration for the most venerated of reception confections—the bride’s cake—BIRD Bakery, Layered, SusieCakes and Creme de la Creme Cake Company turn to iconic flowers of the South.

“Peonies are classically beautiful and romantic year-round. This gorgeous cake is perfect for a formal venue, such as a museum or hotel, and equally at home outdoors or in a more rustic setting.” –Elizabeth Chambers Hammer, owner of BIRD Bakery 

BIRD Bakery’s three-tier vanilla chiffon cake with fresh strawberries and lemon butter-cream filling, along with icing in a vertical spatula design, allows a plethora of pink peonies to shine. From $3 per slice, 214.780.0322


Company and SusieCakes use the most beautiful florals of the South to add a touch of charm to the most important wedding-day centerpiece—besides the bride herself, of course. SusieCakes $6 per slice, 214.983.2253

Layered Bake Shop owner Shannon Star wanted to create a cake that was the perfect marriage of Southern charm and the romance of hydrangeas. To achieve her envisioned, practically poetic, four-tier cake, Shannon softened sharp lines with generous layers of textural butter cream blended with lavender strokes before molding the quintessential hydrangeas to take on a more organic form. Inside is a traditional brown-butter cake with amaretto salted-caramel filling. From $7 per serving, 972.542.6317 

“I envisioned a classic Southern wedding with contemporary details. One that might be held at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.” –Jamie Holder, owner of Creme de la Creme Cake Company

Considered the crowning glory of Southern blooms for decades, the time-honored magnolia is given a modern spin by Creme de la Creme Cake Company in this staggering, five-tier Italian cream cake with traditional quilt-press fondant, red raspberry and cream cheese filling, bronze bands, and a quartet of handshaped sugar flowers with blush-brushed petals and emerald-green leaves. From $4 per serving, 817.492.8888