Someone buy me a cake! Wouldn't this dessert be the star of any party? I think the hand-piped Dogwood blossoms are charming.
I just realized that this cake represents what is normally my holiday mantra of "Visual. Edible Givable." That is the order in which I prepare for any big holiday. I handle all of the visual elements in the house first (decorating, a change of accessories, plants). Then I do the baking and candy-making, so that I have something sweet on hand to offer my friends and family. Then I focus on the gifts - whether I am able to make something or find the perfect gift out in the world.
Anyhoo, I think it is neat that this cake is all three things: visual, edible, givable. Want one for yourself? I photographed this beauty at the Dean & Deluca in Georgetown. I am sure that, with enough notice, any Dean & Deluca could create this masterpiece for you. Love it!