Custom Cake Spotlight: Lemon Tree Wedding Cake and Vegan Octopus Groom’s Cake

Chelsea and Sean got married this past summer on June 27th in one of Chicago’s most gorgeous and unique spaces, the Harold Washington Library. The two book lovers thought it only fitting to get married among one of the city’s finest collections of literature. With the inclusion of lovely little details such as glimmering bistro lights and white umbrellas, their reception looked and felt like a Parisian market. Vibrant sunflowers, Chelsea’s favorite flower, were scattered throughout the decor. The beautiful floral and decor were provided by HMR Designs, and the fabulous planning was done by Lori Stephenson of LOLA Event Productions. Take a look at Chelsea and Sean’s lovely wedding photos by Jeremy Lawson Photography below:



The team here at Elysia Root Cakes had the pleasure of creating not one, but two cakes for Chelsea and Sean’s big day: a very unique wedding cake shaped as a lemon tree on a stack of books, and a vegan octopus groom’s cake. The wedding cake went along perfectly with the decor of the reception, which included lemon tree centerpieces at each table. Not as self-explanatory, the groom’s cake was shaped as an octopus to pay special homage to one of the groom’s tattoos. To go along with the entire vegetarian dinner (by Jewell Events Catering), the octopus groom’s cake was made vegan.



They had some pretty spectacular flavors in their wedding cake. Half was alternating chocolate and banana cake with salted caramel buttercream, and the other half was almond cake with raspberry conserve, cream cheese, and lemon curd fillings. The groom’s cake was chocolate cake with cream cheese and raspberry buttercream (all vegan).




Other vendors that made Chelsea and Sean’s spectacular wedding day possible are Smiling Toad Productions, Sonia Roselli, and Arlen Music Productions.

If you have a unique wedding cake or groom’s cake idea, we’d love to hear about it and make it happen! Contact us at or give us a call at 312-344-1046.

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