Show Stopping Wedding Cakes

Want a piece of art instead of just a wedding cake? These two alternatives will offer some amazing inspiration on how to achieve something a little different. This stunning cake from Driscoll's is delicious, adds a fresh pop of color can be used simply as decor or a fun way to add a burst of fresh berry goodness to your dessert table. I just love what they did with this cake, not to mention the endless opportunities you have in terms of decorating this little beauty.

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In celebration of the spring and summer wedding seasons, The Westin St. Francis Executive Pastry Chef Jean-François Houdré has created one of the largest Parisian macaron wedding cakes in the country! Currently on display for the public in the Landmark Lobby of The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, this masterpiece of brightly colored meringue-like cookies is a towering six and a half feet tall.

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This cake was one month in the making and estimated cost is $8,900. Chef Houdré and his team have put in over 75 hours creating this delicate work of art. More than 1,000 handmade Parisian macarons in various sizes and irresistible flavors decorate three large circular layers and a cone-shaped tower. A sampling of the unique flavors includes lavender, rose water, chocolate blueberry, pistachio, yuzu and almond. Beautiful sugar butterflies embellish the sides, and the top is adorned with a large sugar flower. And if you are as intrigued as I, check out this incredible video of the cake being made.

Would you consider such an ornate creation for your wedding day or are you leaning more toward the effortlessness of the strawberry cake?