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cake6 Last month I celebrated a birthday, which had me thinking not about age but about cake. I decided to take some time to design a few in hopes that I could inspire you to treat yourself to something special for your next celebration.

The thing I most wanted to see in terms of cake trends is (true to DS style) mixing and matching mini cakes. I love the idea of a few smaller cakes and different heights across a table that act as much of a decoration as a treat.

I called my friend Amy, an aspiring baker and asked her to whip me up two cakes, fast. Here were my instructions to her:

"For the first: a white two tiered cake, the icing shouldn't be rounded at corners but sharp and imperfect. And the icing should be creamy and have tiny black seeds in it- almost like poppy seed. (she used vanilla bean. I didn't care - I was in it for the color.)

For the second: a small-but-tall naked cake. Imperfectly cut sides, with a pink icing."

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Next step, I called Sullivan Owen and tell her about my cake design visions. Sullivan is a true artist so instead of dropping flowers off for this she showed up at the house with hundreds of pink, red and white options. I put it on instagram. It was amazing.

My instructions to Sullivan.

"Cake #1: A mix of white pink and red flowers that don't feel overly girly when mixed b/c of greenery and unique placement. If bohemian chic was cake, but don't get too island-y it just isn't me. And for cake #2: heavy deep pinks on top, less greenery and cascading flowers down one side."

I'm not quite sure how Sullivan actually brought my design to life, but she did and watching her do it was inspiring in itself. She is a true master at placement and floral styling and after working with her I couldn't imagine working with anyone else for this. If you are looking for florals for an upcoming event she is your girl. Having her in my home was such a treat- looking fwd to seeing you again soon, Sullivan.

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After the cakes were decorated I wanted them to be different heights as I said in the beginning so I added a baby blue cake stand (I love this shade mixed in with red and pinks, and then a low vintage plate with floral designs on it for the naked cake.

Before we ate them with some close friends along with laughs and champagne toasts to another successful year, Alison took some photos so that I could always remember the cakes I brought to life. I wanted to share them with you and I hope it serves as inspiration. I believe in bringing your personal style to everything around you, even the food on your table and look forward to seeing what you dream up.

{ Show us what you came up with? If you used this post for inspiration tag @dallasshaw so I can share with the followers on Facebook. }

{ Amy's Sweet Bake Shop } { Sullivan Owen } { Alison Conklin } { dkny dress }

Dallas Shaw