Succulent Cakes Are The New Dessert Trend We’re Totally Stuck On

Succulents have been the plant of choice for weddings and other parties for years, and now the desert flora is making its way to the dessert table in the form of cakes and cupcakes.  

Jennifer Riley, the owner of CAKE bakery in Ontario, Canada, began making these stunning, detailed succulent desserts for her clients in April.

“From the moment I posted the pictures online, the interest and demand for these succulents has exploded. Orders have been coming in non-stop,” she told HuffPost.

The trend is really growing on us too. Below, we’ve rounded up more beautiful creations from bakers around the world for you to feast your eyes on:

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Expert Baker Trolls Donald Trump With Cakes That Use His Own Words

Brooklyn baker Kat Thek is the brainchild behind Troll Cakes, a new bakery/detective agency that specializes in turning trolls’ mean internet comments into delicious cakes.

But it’s Thek’s “Tiny Hands Special” ― meant for President Trump ― that’s got our attention. This “bigly satisfying” deal means that for only $ 30, you can get one of Trump’s tweets or comments printed on a cake and sent straight to the White House. 

Below is an example of some of Trump’s comments paraphrased from an Associated Press interview on a Troll Cake: 

“It would be a tremendous, terrific mistake to deprive our nation’s noisiest troll of his incredibly deserved Troll Cakes,” Thek told HuffPost via email last week. “Our ‘Tiny Hands Special’ has been well received but it’s also gotten us asked if we’re skirting the line of terrorism. Here’s where we land on that: if putting the president’s exact words into icing on a cake is considered an act of terror, the problem is not the cake.” 

She added, “However, if the White House no longer wishes to receive Troll Cakes, we’re ready to reroute shipments to Mar-a-Lago. We are hopeful that the State Department will include Troll Cakes as a dining option in their next Mar-a-Lago ad.” 

“We’d also like to note that Trump’s decision to incorporate a cake description into his account of the recent Syrian missile strike (it was chocolate and ‘the most beautiful’) was not a sponsored Troll Cakes promotion,” Thek said jokingly. 

If you’d like to just take on a regular troll, there’s a $ 35 option in which the company will bake chocolate chip brownie cake, decorate it with frosting, sprinkles and the comment and then ship it to the troll’s home or work address. If you don’t know where the troll lives, the price goes up to $ 60. 

That means someone’s hateful comment like “Crash in a plane” would be turned into a yummy masterpiece like this. Eat it and weep, trolls: 

Internet comment –> Troll Cake Delivery included @ trollcakes.com #trollcakes

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Thek also told HuffPost about coming up with the concept of Troll Cakes and revealed the cake she recently made for one of Amy Schumer’s trolls. 

When did you start Troll Cakes? How did you come up with the concept? 

The troll that really sparked the whole enterprise was on Dolly Parton’s Facebook page. There was something simultaneously infuriating and hilarious about seeing somebody try to bully Dolly Parton. I mean, who would do that? And is the goal to hurt Dolly’s feelings? She’s a 71-year-old millionaire who grew up in a one-room cabin and now wears sequined jumpsuits — a poorly spelled Facebook post isn’t going to take the spring out of her step one bit.

Trolling anyone, especially Dolly Parton, is like aggressively giving the finger to a sunset or a panda or bag of craisins. You’re just letting everybody around you know that you’re a grumpy idiot. It’s fun to maintain that idiocy but then flip the grumpy into something obnoxiously cheerful, like a surprise cake in the mail. 

What do you like most about Troll Cakes? 

Troll Cakes combines our deep interest in cake, catty comments, the mail, being nosy, and having a reason to speak like Julia Child. Putting all of those things together saves a lot of time. 

Why do you call yourselves a detective agency as well? 

We’re a full service operation ― if you don’t know your troll’s home or work address, we’ll track ‘em down.  

What else should we know about Troll Cakes? 

We love sending Troll Cakes between friends ― some of our favorite deliveries have been one friend trolling another for oversharing on Facebook. 

We made the attached “You Donkey Witch” Troll Cake from a comment on Amy Schumer’s instagram and then made a Twitter account to holler at Amy to see if she’d like us to send. No news yet: 

We’re going to start taking Thek’s message to heart ― if you see something, cake something: 

See something? Cake something. #trollcakes

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This interview has been edited and condensed for space. 

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Baby Shower Cakes

Baby Shower Cakes


Cleverly constructed gifts for parents-to-be that also serve as centerpieces for baby showers are presented with thorough instructions in this guide to cost-effective, practical presents that make big impressions. Made to mimic the shape of cakes and offering the utility of 72 newborn diapers as well as crocheted items and accessories for the baby, the three “diaper cakes” detailed in the book are personalized with 21 practical and beautiful designs. The crochet projects include useful items such as booties, blanket trims, sock trims, headbands, security blankets, pacifier holders, and bottle covers. Appropriate for crocheters looking for easy to intermediate projects, these charming creations use light and medium worsted-weight yarn and offer gender-neutral options in addition to princess, sports, and teddy bear themes.
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Fun & Original Birthday Cakes

Fun & Original Birthday Cakes


An adorable collection of birthday cakes boasting the unique but easily achievable modeling skills of internationally renowned cake designer and sugar modeler Maisie Parrish. Each charming new design is ideal for creating extra-special birthday party cakes or for adding a unique personal touch tailored to the recipient. Includes the ever-popular cupcakes and minicakes and, for the first time, amazing sugarpaste techniques for adding graphic designs to compliment cakes and characters. With simple sugarcrafting techniques, figure modeling instructions and clear step-by-step photography, designs are ideal for both beginner and intermediate sugarcrafters. With over 25 character cake toppers and expert advice on covering, storing and transporting your cake, this is the ultimate birthday cake resource.

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Betty Crocker Decorating Cakes and Cupcakes

Betty Crocker Decorating Cakes and Cupcakes


Easy cake and cupcake decorating ideas to make any occasion special With Betty Crocker Decorating Cakes and Cupcakes, you can turn a delicious cake into a work of edible art! Even if you?re a beginning baker, you can make a Ladybug or Butterfly Cake for a picnic, a Bib or Bootie Cake for a baby shower, a Train, Teddy Bear, Kitty Cat or Purse birthday cake for a young child, or a Baseball Cap or Flip Flops masterpiece for a tween. You?ll learn step by step how to create and decorate all kinds of delicious cakes for all kinds of events: ? Festive holiday cakes like New Year?s Cake, Leprechaun Village Cake, Firecracker Cake, Black Cat Cake, Turkey Gobbler Cake or a Holiday Pinecone Cake? Celebration creations like an exquisite Classic White Wedding Cake or whimsical Wedding Cupcakes, an Anniversary Cake, a Mother?s Day Hat Cake, a Father?s Day Hawaiian Shirt Cake, a Star of David Cake and more Inside, you?ll find everything from basic cake-baking tips and delicious recipes (including many that can be made with cake mix and ready-to-spread frosting) to detailed illustrations showing how to add the decorative finishing touches. The simple yet innovative decorating techniques and ideas here will make decorating a piece of cake! For more great ideas visit BettyCrocker.com

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Hey, Fashion-Loving Brides: These Runway-Inspired Wedding Cakes Are Going to Blow Your Mind

You might think to look to Fashion Week runways for wedding dress inspiration, but it turns out your favorite designers can inspire your wedding dessert, too. Cake-making genius Lori Hutchinson—also known as The Caketress—took bits…


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18 Themed Groom’s Cakes That Are Anything But Boring

For couples that are all about injecting fun into their wedding day, doing a themed groom’s cake is a no-brainer.

Unlike the traditional white wedding confection, the groom’s cake usually has more personality and pizzazz and reflects the groom’s specific tastes and interests.

Below we’ve rounded up 18 totally awesome groom’s cake ideas to suit every kind of guy.

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12 Father’s Day Cakes That’ll Make His Day (Beer And Bacon Are Involved)

Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate everything your dad loves, and what better way to do that than with a cake? Whether your dad loves to play golf, work in the garden or just throw back a few cold ones, we’ve got a delicious collection of cakes that’ll make dad feel appreciated. So take these projects as inspiration and make a custom cake of your own.

Oh, and yeah … there’s bacon involved.

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The Victorian Book of Cakes

The Victorian Book of Cakes


This title includes: recipes, techniques and decorations from the golden age of cake-making. It is a classic Victorian book by T. Percy Lewis and A.G. Bromley, brought to the modern reader with a foreword by Nicholas Lodge. Hand-tinted illustration plates of the finished cakes appear throughout the book, as well as close-ups of piping details. Notes for the modern reader have been included to assist today’s baker in adjusting and adapting recipes, with tips on unusual equipment and archaic ingredients. It includes everything from making wedding cakes, gateaux and tartlets to piping lettering and making marzipan flowers. This nostalgic book will enchant all cake-makers, providing a fascinating source of baking and decorating ideas, as well as an insight into forgotten techniques. This book is a treasure from a golden age. Originally published at the turn of the century, during the heyday of cake-making, it was intended to become the standard work on cakes and confectionery, for use by both amateurs and professionals. There are recipes for all kinds of traditional Victorian cakes, biscuits and cookies, petits fours, shortbreads, pound and slab cakes, gingerbreads, marzipan and nougat, as well as a multitude of fillings, icings and frostings. The illustrations in the book are remarkable examples of the photographic techniques of the time; the original publishers claimed that the high-quality image work was unique, with ‘every illustration reproduced from the actual cake’. The detail of the original volume has been preserved, resulting in a book to delight the eye and inspire the modern baker.

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Quick and Easy Wedding Cakes

Quick and Easy Wedding Cakes


Suitable for those new to cake decorating, this title presents a collection of 22 simple but effective wedding cake designs. It offers designs for tiered cakes, stacked cakes, single tiers and shaped cakes. It includes recipes for the cake itself – including madeira, chocolate, carrot and fruit – and basic techniques on stacking cakes.

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The Best Wedding Cakes Of 2014

By Simone Hill for TheKnot.com

We look at pretty wedding cakes all day, every day but there are always those that stand out, and 2014 proved to be a super stylish year in the wedding cake department. Even though we saw the rise of creatively displayed alternative wedding desserts like doughnuts, cake push-pops and good ol’ fashion milk and cookies, the wedding cake proved it’s staying power.

In fact, the traditional wedding cake has been reinvented in fresh new ways with trends like painted cakes, single-layer cakes and even the return of the pillar cake . See below for our picks for the best wedding cakes from the past year.

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City View Bakehouse, Rachel Peters Photography

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Art of Cake, Jasmine Star Photography

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Intricate Icings Cake Design; Tess Pace Photography

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Polkadots, The Nichols Photography

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Burton Women’s TWC Baby Cakes Insulated Jacket (2012 Closeout)

Burton Women’s TWC Baby Cakes Insulated Jacket (2012 Closeout)


The Women’s Baby Cakes Insulated Jacket from Burton. The lightweight DRYRIDE outer combined with soft Taffeta lining and lightweight Thermacore insulation will keep you feeling warm, comfortable…
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Pretty Party Cakes

Pretty Party Cakes


Forget the image of maiden aunts and country fairs – cake decorating has become cutting edge! Peggy Porschen is at the front of this new trend. Her cute designs have won her a host of celebrity clients – she provided the chocolate Faberge eggs for Elton John’s ‘White Tie and Tiara Ball’ and designed the stunning cake for Stella McCartney’s wedding. Her instantly recognisable designs are inspired by current trends: Bollywood mini cakes are lavishly decorated in rich pinks and glitzy golds, cookies include funky handbags, Doris Day Polka dots, candy coloured stripes and romantic sugar blossoms and butterflies. The book begins with an easy-to-follow introduction showing all the equipment, basic recipes and techniques needed to make the cakes. Readers of all skill levels can then go onto the subsequent chapters: Cookies, Cup Cakes, Miniature Cakes and Large Cakes. All the designs have comprehensive instructions and crystal clear photography so that a stunning professional finish can always be achieved.

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Baby Shower Cakes

Baby Shower Cakes


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This Woman Quit Her Corporate Job To Fulfill Her Lifelong Passion For Cakes

Late last year, baker Nikki Lee of the Sydney, Australia cake shop Unbirthday took a leap of faith and left her corporate sales job in order to pursue her passion for sweets full-time.

It wasn’t that she was unhappy at her previous job. In fact, Lee worked for a great company, respected her managers and valued the integrity of the work. But she wasn’t wholly satisfied.
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“Although I was happy in my job and doing all the things that ticked ‘success’ boxes, I knew I would always be settling for the easy path if I didn’t choose to bake,” she told The Huffington Post in an email. “I would have these beautiful, styled pictures of cakes and desserts cut out from magazines and pinned to my cubicle walls at work, reminding me that what I was ultimately working towards was having the time and space to be able to get into my baking.”

In April, Lee’s fiancé Thomas posted a photo of one of her confections to Reddit, writing, “Fiancé who quit her job to follow her dream just completed her first wedding cake commission.” The photo of the wedding cake (see right) garnered more than 2,500 upvotes on the site, and one commenter called it “the prettiest cake I’ve seen.”

How’s that for validation? Lee opened up to HuffPost Weddings recently about her life-changing decision.

What was the moment that you finally decided to quit your job and start Unbirthday? Was there one specific event that pushed you over the edge?

I have always been a big believer in pursuing personal passions, whether it be in your career or as a hobby. You could say “The Moment” came when I did my yearly evaluation of my life, something that I do in September around my birthday every year. I give themes to each year — for example, my 30th year was the “Year of Full Engagement”. Thirty-one was the “Year of Learning and Practice”.

I decided my 32nd year would be the “Year of Wholeheartedness.” I took the time to question what this meant for me, and what it would look like if I was living my life “wholeheartedly”. I decided it was important to immerse myself in doing things that I truly loved. Cake-creating was one of those things that I knew I had to do if I was really honest with myself. I also felt strongly that I was at a crossroads in my life — that I could stick to corporate work and climb the ladder, or I could let that idea of myself go and explore my creative side. I also saw this year as a small window of time where I had no major financial obligations in the form of a mortgage or any children that were relying on me, so I could afford to focus my energies on this process.

How long had you been dreaming of pursuing baking full-time?

Since I was a kid! Unbirthday is me as an adult fulfilling what I wanted to do as a child. I remember not wanting dolls or dresses for Christmas, but would dream of the day I would own my own cake mixer.

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What role did your fiancé play in your decision? Was he supportive?

Thomas just proposed last week! He was a true supporter of me and still is to this day. He posted my photos on Reddit as a surprise. He keeps me grounded every day, but still pushes me to fly. He continually checks in with me to see how everything is going, always encouraging me forward. He’s happy to be my taste tester for new creations, and actually volunteers to clean up the kitchen while I work. A girl couldn’t ask for more in a partner!

How did other people in your life (friends, family) react when you told them that you quit your job?

They were supportive and are also used to me making these kinds of life-changing decisions. I dropped out of university when I was 19 to start my own graphic design business. My parents freaked out, and in hindsight, I understand why! I was young and overly confident, thinking I was invincible in my twenties. But that was the time in my life to do some invaluable learning and pick up some fantastic life skills that I wouldn’t have learned if I went down a more conventional path.

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What was your biggest fear about going out on your own?

The most difficult thing was sharing something that was quite personal to me with others. This surprised me a lot, as my last role required me to make cold calls to prospective clients and sell them things. I know a lot of people would rather die than do that, but I loved it and found it easy. With Unbirthday, yes, I am selling cakes, but it is also a form of personal and creative expression which I initially felt quite self-conscious about showing others.

The other hard part was letting go of how I identified myself professionally. I went from being a corporate business development manager to a baker. It made me realize how much we identify and judge people based on what is written on their business cards. Shedding my old identity was hard, but it kept me true to my intentions.

I believe everyone has got their own version of “Unbirthday” somewhere, bubbling away under the surface. I just wanted to make sure that I was able to tell myself that I had given my dreams a real chance, regardless of what the outcome would be. One of my favorite sayings is, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” This is my mantra for life and Unbirthday.

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What does your typical day look like since you started Unbirthday?

I wake up early when I can, and do a round of tai chi training with my father (both my parents are tai chi instructors). Then, I’ll either be fulfilling orders or experimenting with new ideas for cakes. I work from my kitchen at home, so it’s quite relaxing with very little pressure.

Was leaving your other job worth the risk?

Yes, without a doubt. It’s one of those things that I can check off my life’s to-do list — nothing more satisfying than that!

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Wilton® Book &quotWedding Cakes A Romantic Portfolio&quot

Wilton® Book &quotWedding Cakes A Romantic Portfolio&quot


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Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cakes


Mich Turner is London’s top cake designer for society and celebrities alike. She has refined a simple and modular approach–start with a dozen basic recipes and let the icing, glazes, and finishing touches be the key to perfecting the design. Here, she focuses on the wedding cake and offers inspiration and guidance to brides-to-be as well as to caterers, chefs, and wedding planners. The cutting of the cake is one of the most cherished memories of any wedding. This portfolio of Mich Turner’s stunning cake designs is organized thematically, from simple sunny cakes redolent of a springtime garden wedding to opulent more autumnal chocolate multi-tiered sculptural cakes. Mich also shows how to present the cake to create drama and a real sense of occasion, including advice on every detail, from the type of tablecloth to use and how best to display candles, flowers, and ribbon. Mich Turner’s wedding cakes are regularly featured in Brides, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, and this book amply demonstrates how to achieve perfection.

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These Divorce Cakes Are Nothing Short Of Batsh*t Crazy (PHOTOS)

Move over, wedding cakes. There’s a new cake in town — it’s the divorce cake, and it’s about 500 times crazier than you.

Below, 12 of the most over-the-top (and in some cases, “Human Centipede 2”-level frightening) cake homages to calling it quits we’ve ever seen.

You really outdid yourself, crazy exes.


Nothing says “I’m over you” like a cake covered in teeny penises. Embittered score: 2 out of 5


Your ex was a monster. You need a cake that aptly conveys that. Embittered score: 3 out of 5


A mid-life crisis in cake form. Embittered score: 3 out of 5


It’s saying something that this is the most understated divorce cake we’ve ever seen. Embittered score: 1 out of 5


Severed ex heads are a classic divorce cake touch. Embittered score: 5 out of 5


Because gender equality. Embittered score: 3 out of 5


Mmm, delicious ball and chain. Embittered score: 2 out of 5


Apparently, the grass is not greener on the other side. Embittered score: 3 out of 5


Extra points for what we assume is DIY (and for the choice of cheesecake). Embittered score: 3 out of 5


A hit with seven-year-old boys and crazy ex-wives alike. Embittered score: 4 out of 5


The Carrie Bradshaw of divorce cakes. Embittered score: 3 out of 5


The divorce cake to end all divorce cakes. Embittered score: 5 out of 5

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Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body

Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body


In the age of The Biggest Loser and the “war on obesity,” we’re pressured to conform to certain body standards at any cost. Sure, everyone should eat right and get exercise, but what if you do that and you still don’t fit into the clothes at the mall? In “Two Whole Cakes,” Fatshionista extraordinaire Lesley Kinzel tells stories, gives advice, and challenges stereotypes about being and feeling fat. Kinzel says no to diet fads and pills, shows by example how to stop hating your body, celebrates self-acceptance at any size, and urges you to finally accept the truth: your body is not a tragedy Lesley Kinzel, who co-founded the blog Fatshionista, is an online celebrity in the communities of size acceptance, fashion, and women’s issues. She has her own blog on body politics in the media, Two Whole Cakes, is an associate editor at xoJane, and has become the go-to fatty for all things fashion and pop culture.

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