Serve a Patterned Pastry
This clever gum-paste “picnic basket” is a modern take on old-school basket-weave buttercream. The extra stroke of brilliance? A glassy layer of apricot glaze atop each tier, which complements the almond cake beneath and adds beautiful color. MSW contributing editor Jason Schreiber covered the cake with tinted fondant before adding the strained jam, taking the friendly orange hue up to electrifying. Canvas flowers pressed into the lattice make for an ever prettier finish ($10 for 15, eastcoasttrimming.com).
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