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The Cakes Are Alive

Trade the fake flowers and fondant garnishes for desserts smothered in verbena leaves, berry medlies, and other very fresh toppings.

Left: Partially Naked Vanilla Cake with kumquats and oranges, $7 per serving, by Alana Jones-Mann.

Right: Vanilla Sponge Cake with fresh strawberries, $75 per nine-inch cake, by Lady M Confections.

Left: Four-Tier Vanilla Bean and Lemon Zest Cake with organic strawberries and assorted fresh flowers, $10 per serving, by Luckybird.

Right: Golden Yellow Cake with farmer’s-market berries, $7.50 per serving, by A Simple Cake.

Left: Sweet and Juicy Cake with fresh watermelon, $13 per serving, by Made in Heaven Cakes.

Right: Sugared Black Cherry Cake, $12 per serving, by City Sweets & Confections.

Naked Cake with berries, $7 per serving, by Magnolia Bakery.

Left: Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake with ranunculus and peony, from $8 per serving, by Pistache NYC.

Right: Succulents and Berries, $12 per serving, by Baked NYC.

Left: Vanilla Bean Terrarium Cake with air plants, $18 per serving, by Erin Kanagy-Loux for the Wythe Hotel.

Right: Chocolate Pistachio Cubed Cake with cabbage roses and green hydrangea, $8 per serving, by Lulu Cake Boutique.

Left: Royal Palm Cake with parlor palms, $13 per serving, by Cake Hero.

Right: Black Chocolate Stout Cake with ranunculus, sweet peas, peonies, and moss, $13 per serving, by Ovenly.

Left: Pineapple Coconut Upside-Down Cake with ranunculus, $5 per serving, by Milk Bar.

Right: Spackle Cake with anemone and Japanese ranunculus, $8 per serving, by Magnolia Bakery.

Left: Blackberry Rose Cake with large Secret Garden roses and blackberries on the vine, $10 per serving, by Cake Power.

Right: Pistachio Buttercream Cake with ranunculus, $9 per serving, by Alice’s Tea Cup.

Left: Art Deco Scalloped Dots with Majolica spray roses and ranunculus, $15 per serving, by Katherine Sprules Cake Designs.

Right: Gluten-Free Pumpkin and Ginger Iced Flower Child Cake with roses, eucalyptus, and thistle, $12 per serving, by Lael Cakes.