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Decadent Desserts Perfect for an Intimate Garden Gathering

These fresh takes on tiny treats and tasty cakes are a vision to behold
By: 
Megan White
Croi Fine Art Wedding Photography

Enter the grounds of Sanger House Gardens, and you’re greeted by lush greenery and vibrant blooms — an idyllic setting for a dessert table of berry-bedecked goodies. Surrounded by the cutest little single-serve confections, cakes with fresh floral adornments set the whimsical tone.

Start your summer soirée with a demure shot of white-chocolate cheesecake (with a hint of raspberry), concocted by Yield Bakehouse.

Let’s talk tarts and cream puffs. These morsels from Yield Bakehouse are dipped in white chocolate and, like little works of art, embellished with glimmering edible gold leaf for a touch of glamour.

Minimalism at its finest: Delicate lavender tendrils twine up the side of a single-layer cake by Mia Stav for an understated floral masterpiece. Vanilla buttercream with a raw edge adds texture to the otherwise spare design.

Why settle for less when you can have more? More berries, that is! A raspberry dacquoise from Le Rêve Patisserie is a macaron taken to the max, with a filling of vanilla mousseline and fresh raspberries, precisely topped with a single perfect raspberry as the finishing touch.

Desserts become décor with new and inventive presentation. Almond tart shells filled with lemon curd, Swiss meringue and fresh berries, these citron tarts by Le Rêve Patisserie are a treat for the eyes and the palate, shown to advantage in a goldtrimmed display box from Relic’s Rentals.

Brush up on your French with a charismatic version of a cream puff and impress your guests with this pâte à choux. Filled with pistachio and Chantilly cream, the choux à la crème aux pistache is a decadent bite-size delicacy, artfully crafted by Le Rêve Patisserie.

Cakesicles aren’t just for kids. Dainty sprigs of lavender decorate these Mia Stav vanilla cake and buttercream delights covered in white chocolate, giving these fun goodies grownup appeal. Resting on etched glassware from Relics Rentals, the look is a luxurious combination of vintage and modern.

Cakesicles aren’t just for kids. Dainty sprigs of lavender decorate these Mia Stav vanilla cake and buttercream delights covered in white chocolate, giving these fun goodies grownup appeal. Resting on etched glassware from Relics Rentals, the look is a luxurious combination of vintage and modern.

You can’t go wrong with effortless mini cupcakes by Yield Bakehouse. Lemon gives them the sunny hue and summery taste, and lavender sprinkles step up their party appeal.

In the background, a two-tiered cake by the Cake Lady features seasonal florals: love-ina-puff vine, snapdragons, cosmos, pansies and zinnias—all fresh-picked from Milwaukee Flower Co.’s garden. A hint of mauve in the place settings from Relics Rentals complements the delicate pink pop of the zinnias for a welcoming place to dine with your closest friends.


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