Hand Painted Details to Elevate Your Cake Design

At Elysia Root Cakes, it is our job to keep up with wedding trends, and the hand-painted wedding cake craze is one we can get behind. Hand-painting is a beautiful and creative way to bring in elements of your day that have meaning. Whether it’s incorporating your favorite flowers, your monogram or your new china pattern, be sure to make it your own! 

Take a look at some of our favorite hand-painted cakes below!

Photography: Amanda Megan Miller | Fresh Floral: Fleur | Venue: Radisson Blu Aqua

Planner: Jayne Weddings | Photography: Julia Franzosa Photography | Venue: Ravenswood Event Center

Inspired by invitations by Rifle Paper Co. | Photography: Elysia Root Cakes

Planner: Frank Event Design | Photography: Rush Photography And Video | Venue: Anna Held Studios

Inspired by Invitations by Chicks N Hens | Fresh Floral: Kehoe Designs | Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Venue: Café Brauer

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Christy Tyler Styled Shoot

We love being a part of styled shoots – especially this gorgeous Christy Tyler photography workshop shoot.  Creating a cake that perfectly complements the design, decor, florals, and bride is a challenge; one that we will always accept!

From the pretty pink ring box and flourishing tablescape to the beautiful china, pulling inspiration from all aspects of a shoot is crucial to creating a stunning cake design. For this shoot a three tiered classic all-white cake adorned with luscious pink sugar florals, greenery and blush flower buds, set the stage for an elegant and romantic affair.

Take a look below at all of the details from this fabulous shoot!

Vendors //

Venue: Chez Event Space | Photography: Christy Tyler Photography | Florals: The Petal chicago | Model: Aimee Mazzenga | Dress: Alice in Ivory bridal | Hair and Makeup: Debra Petrielli Hair and Makeup |Paper goods & ring box: Jenn Heller Design co | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Kate Vintage Wed | Video: Robert Cawthorne

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A Groom’s Cake with a Bark

Liz and Joey’s wedding day was a joyous celebration, filled with friends and family! The most memorable part of the day had to be the unveiling of the groom’s cake – Joey was pleasantly surprised to find his best friend turned cake form. Liz wanted his Jack Russell Terrier, Pebbles, to be a part of their special day, and this was the most creative way possible!  Liz arranged for Joey’s favorite Boston Crème pie from Joe’s Seafood to be delivered to us so that we could depict Pebbles getting into trouble by eating his pie!

This cake was so much fun to create, and even more exciting to see Joey’s expression when first laying eyes on him! Take a peek below at this one of a kind grooms cake, and Joey’s once in a lifetime surprise!

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Photography: Carasco Photography | Venue: The Drake Chicago | Planner: Kesh Events

Spring has Sprung in Cake Form

With Spring just around the corner – we here at Elysia Root Cakes are overflowing with inspiration! This Spring season is full of enchanting blooming flowers and trees putting forth new leaves, the earth looks dazzling! With all this new beauty around us we cannot help but think, how do we incorporate this grace into our cakes?

From actual bright blooms to sugar flowers to colorfully hand painted designs, our inspiration beams from Spring time and transcends through our cakes. Take a peek below at some of our favorite seasonal cakes, and get a little spring in your step!

Photography: Carasco Photography | Floral & Decor: HMR Designs/ Rishi Patel  | Planner: Birch Design Studios

Photographer: David Wittig Photography | Floral & Decor: HMR Designs/ Rishi Patel | Planner: Birch Design Studios

Photography: Leathem Photography | Planner: Clementine Chicago | Floral: A Stem Above Chicago

Photography: Rush Productions | Planner: Frank Event Designs

Photography: Amanda Megan Miller | Planner: Jayne Weddings (katijayne) | Shoot Concept: Indie Wed

Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Floral & Décor: Kehoe Designs |Coordination: CJ Janda

Photography: Becky Brown Photography | Florals and Coordination: CJ Janda

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Real Wedding: Blake and Ian

We love reflecting back on past weddings, and especially Blake and Ian’s beautiful celebration! Their special day was lively and full of love and laughter, from the incredible ambiance that set the stage for dancing to the final cake cutting.

Guests received a 4 piece French Macaron favor with a custom favor tag embellished with a tiny bell to signify the bride’s new last name. Pistachio, Vanilla Bean, Raspberry and Salted Caramel flavors for the French Macarons complimented the wedding colors.

This six tier fondant cake with diamond quilting and glittering rhinestone accents, was adorned with gold fondant ribbon and both sugar and fresh florals – creating a unique and personalized cake for this stunning couple!

We love incorporating our specialty designs, one of them being sugar flowers, and this design took the cake! Wishing these two many more days that are as happy as their wedding day!

XO, Elysia

Vendors //

Venue: Four Seasons Chicago | Planning: Christina Currie Events |Photography: Dennis Lee Photography | Floral and Décor: Meetinghouse

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

With Valentine’s Day today- we here at Elysia Root Cakes have been feeling inspired from this love filled season! From hand painted decor to flourishing floral adornments, these love influenced cakes will leave you in awe. Incorporating  beautiful blush pinks and vibrant fuchsia tones create the perfect design for a spring wedding. With these delightfully whimsical and stunning visuals, your wedding cake is sure to make an exciting statement.

Take a peek below at our favorite Valentine’s Day inspired wedding cakes!

Photography: Jennograph | Planner: Katie Jayne | Floral Design: Life In Bloom | Venue: Zhou B Events

Photography: Emilia Jane | Venue: Langham Chicago | Floral: Andrews Garden

Venue: Four Seasons Chicago | Photography: Dennis Lee Photography 

Photography: Ryan Timm | Planner and Florals: CJ Janda

Venue: 401 Morgan MFG | Photography: Studio This is Photography

Photography: Coach House Pictures | Floral Design: Becca Blue Flowers | Venue: Ignite Glass

Photography: Carasco Photo | Event Planning: KESH Events | Floral Design: KESH Designs

Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Florals: Kehoe Darling with Kehoe Designs

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Venue: Langham Chicago | Floral Design: Fleur Inc

Venue: Ravisloe CC | Floral: The Foxglove Studio | Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography


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Pantone – Greenery Adorned Cakes

When we first heard that Pantone’s color of the year was greenery – our wheels started turning! Incorporating these subtle shades on cakes creates a refreshing and natural feel, and evokes the first coming days of spring. From succulent adorned to zesty floral embellishments, these greenery inspired cakes are sure to make a delectable impression!

Looking back on some previous work has gotten us inspired to mix in even more greenery infused ideas. Especially with spring just around the corner the thought of flourishing foliage and luscious florals has us giddy with excitement! Take a peek below at some of our greenery adorned cakes, and get inspired!

Meredith and Josh’s soft ruffled cake. | Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Venue: Langham Chicago | Planning: Lola Event Productions | Floral & Design: HMR Designs

Brianna and Erik’s semi-naked wedding cake. | Photography: Natalie Probst Photography  | Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Floral: Countryside Flower Shop 

Trouvaille workshop’s closing event cake. | Florals: Hey Gorgeous Events  | Photography: Shalyn Nelson, Love, the Nelsons  | Venue: The Guesthouse Hotel Chicago | Designed for The Trouvaille Workshop 

Kathy and Ryan’s gold accented cake. | Photography: Amanda Megan Miller | Venue: The Ivy Room  | Floral: Kikos Flowers

Amy and Jonathan’s lace adorned gluten-free buttercream cake. | Photography: Kingensmith | Planner: Hope Weis Consulting | Floral Design: HMR Designs  | Venue: Four Seasons Chicago

Kristin and Phil’s dairy-free rustic buttercream cake. | Florals: Life in Bloom | Planner: Kara Superfine Photography: Averyhouse 

Melissa and Jameson’s gorgeous Langham wedding cake with soft white and green florals. | Venue: Langham Chicago | Photography: Christina Wehbe Photography 

A cake fit for a Midnight Summer Soiree. | Photography: Bob and Dawn Davis | Floral Design/Bird Cage Fabrication: Kehoe Designs | Planner: Birch Design Studio | Caterer: Food For Thought | Paper goods: Elizabeth Grace

Courtney and Chris’ romantic floral and greenery adorned buttercream wedding cake. | Photography: Laura Meyer Photography | Floral Design: Floral Wonders Geneva

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Amanda’s Little Miss themed Baby Shower

Amanda’s baby shower was absolutely a joy to be apart of – it brings us such happiness looking back on all the incredible details that made this event even more remarkable! Laura from Wrap It Up Parties planned a perfectly gorgeous event and we loved the design inspiration we received for the baby shower cake. This two-tiered watercolored designed cake adorned with elegant gold accents perfectly complimented the beautifully designed sunset watercolored themed shower invitations! We love incorporating specific details that are most important to our clients into their dream cakes, which is exactly what we did with this lovely watermelon pink and tangerine orange color palette event.

Adding chic gold details and colorful embellishments really brings out the fun and unique personality of Amanda, and what her vision was for this event! We are always so thrilled to see these final event details come together to make for a perfect celebration.

Take a look below at Amanda’s spectacular baby shower!

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Venue: Brique Chicago | Photography: Jennifer Lawrence | Floral & Design: Revel Decor | Planning: Wrap It Up Parties | Catering: Boutique Bites

Real Wedding: Casey & Agustin

Casey and Agustin’s wedding day was such a blast to be a part of—it always brings a smile to our faces when looking back and reflecting on all the amazing details that made this day special! The elegant three-tiered Banana cake was filled with Blueberry Preserves and Passion Fruit Buttercream. The all-white square wedding cake was the perfect compliment to this stunning Chicago venue. We’re always fans of adorning cakes with sugar florals, and beautiful deep red and white flowers added a burst of color on this classic cake design. Incorporating light blue seeded twigs also added an additional element of depth, which we always love! Colorful embellishments and decorative depth really transform any cake from simple to chic, and this timeless white wedding cake is a perfect example.

Adding a more personal touch to this love-filled day, Casey and Agustin incorporated a creative groom’s cake as well to really add to the fun! Representing the two of them as individuals and their unique passions was a great way to ultimately represent their great dynamic as a couple—the two really compliment one another, even seen through this one-of-a-kind cake design! From flowerpots to mini airplanes, this groom’s cake personifies the breathtaking love these two share.

Take a look below at Casey and Agustin’s special day below!


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Venue: The Langham Chicago | Floral Design: Cornelia McNamara | Planner: LOLA Event Productions | Photographer: Studio This Is

Real Wedding: Deema & Ermin

We love looking back on Deema and Ermin’s gorgeous Chicago wedding day, and reminiscing on their creative and timeless Super Mario wedding cake. This customized triple-tiered wedding cake was straight out of a Mario-inspired dream and we love every last detail. Tailoring each and every wedding cake to fit our many couple’s unique styles is always fun, and this cake truly was one for the record books!

Taking a deeper dive in to this custom creation, the first tier of this cake houses a detailed Mario adventure backdrop, adorned with full sized Mario and Luigi characters. Incorporating a pop of color is always a great addition to any cake design—we loved incorporating the Piranha Plant for a little extra pizazz on the second tier. From the fondant Yoshi to the flaming window on the third tier castle to Bowser and Peach as decorative cake toppers, this cake is full of festive detailing and flair. It wouldn’t be a party without the whole Mario crew, which is why we also had to include the one and only Goomba.

This cake was a wedding day hit, especially with the children. We’re always fans of letting your personality as a couple shine through your wedding day; themed wedding cakes are a great way to do so, and are some of our favorites to create. Take a look below at their beautiful day and very original Super Mario cake!


xo, Elysia

Venue: Café Brauer | Planner: Clementine Custom Events | Floral and Décor: Stems Chicago | Photographer: Steve Koo | Caterer, Rentals and Linen: Calihan Catering | Videographer: Shutter and Sound | DJ: Okyne Medialab | Hair: Holli Beauty | Make-Up: Sonia Roselli