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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: 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!

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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

Lavish Art Deco Styled Shoot

Our team participated in a fantastic shoot published in Chicago Style Weddings Magazine that centered around infamous china patterns, such as this lavish art deco pattern! This simple grey and white geometric china laid the perfect foundation for a timeless cake design. We began constructing this three-tiered cake with an industrial aesthetic in mind, which perfectly personified this classic china pattern. White fondant detailing and minute silver accents ultimately brought this design to life! We could not be happier to have worked with such a talented vendor team on this one-of-a-kind styled shoot!

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Vendors //

Chicago Style Weddings | Photography & Videography: Rush Photography and Video Productions | Styling: Frank Event Design | Venue & Flowers: Anna Held Floral Studio | Invites: EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis | Rental: Hall’s Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen | China: Char Crews, Inc.

Christina & Kosta Engagement Party

Planning for your wedding cake is always fun, and always full of great designs and opportunities for customization; however, your engagement party is the perfect chance to explore your creative dreams! For Christina and Kosta’s love-filled engagement party at The Estate Chicago, the lush florals from Northern Greenhouses and sequined linens created a truly intimate and romantic aesthetic. For the cake design, it was only natural to create a sophisticated design with timeless flair. A white-fondant wrapped three-tier Chocolate and Vanilla Bean cake with different fillings on each tier was the perfect choice, decorated with metallic hues and topped with delicate fresh magenta orchids. This special occasion marked the beginning of Christina and Kosta’s new journey together, and we hope it was every bit as sweet as we imagine!

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Vendors //

Venue: The Estate Chicago | Florist: Northern Greenhouses | Photographers: Marcin Cymmer PhotographyElios Photo

Whimsical Notions

Styled shoots are such a fantastic opportunity to explore new creative avenues—like this china-inspired shoot for Chicago Style Weddings! We were honored to work with Frank Andonoplas from Frank Event Design on this. From the floral design by Anna Held Floral Studio to the table setting supplied by Char Crews, this great shoot is chock full of playful, charismatic colors and décor. This quadruple tiered cake is adorned with hand-painted butterflies and flowers, playing off of the fanciful china. While this cake’s ornate detailing mirrors the place setting, we also constructed fondant butterflies to really bring the cake fantasy—and whimsical fantasy—to life. It’s always a pleasure participating in styled shoots, and this vibrant shoot is no exception!

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Vendors //

Chicago Style Weddings | Photography & Videography: Rush Photography and Video Productions | Styling: Frank Event Design | Venue & Flowers: Anna Held Floral Studio | Invites: EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis | Rental: Hall’s Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen | China: Char Crews, Inc.

Geode and Gemstones Styled Shoot

With Labor Day just behind us, it’s safe to say the summer season has come to a close and we’re looking ahead to fall. This styled shoot is the perfect way to kick off the season, with its rich color palette and decadent design. Geodes acted as a focal point for inspiration for this shoot, which we drew upon when designing this one of a kind four-tiered grey marble cake. Hand-painted detailing mirrored the geodes, ultimately creating a fresh, fall-inspired look!

Check out more of this Geode and Gemstones shoot was as featured on the Chicago Style Weddings blog.

Call or email for a custom cake consultation today, we’d love to bring your dream look to life!

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The vendor team included the following:
Planning + Design: You Name It Events | Venue: The Haight | Photography: Photography by Lauryn | Models: Josh Smith and Taylor Anians | Menswear: Menguin Tuxedos | Gowns + Bridal Accessories: Veiled in Elegance | Paper Goods: Sylvia Stremming Designs | Hair + Makeup: Style by Bravura | Floral Design: Town and Country Gardens | Lighting: Atmosphere Events Group | Boutonnieres: Megboys Studio | Linens: Elegant Presentations | Cupcakes: Dainty Delights Bakery | Male Jewelry: Azar Jewelers 

Real Wedding: Jessica & Brody

Your wedding cake should always be a representation of you as a couple; whether you’re inclined towards a sophisticated all-white design or a floral-adorned masterpiece, your cake presents a great opportunity to be creative! For Jessica and Brody’s Chicago wedding day, their wedding cake was nothing short of spectacular. Full of exquisite gold detailing and fresh florals, this one of a kind cake truly acted as a focal point for their love-filled reception. We had so much fun detailing this four-tiered design, and love how the gold and white fondant ribbon ties together the whole cake.

For more photos from this gorgeous wedding, check Christy Tyler Photography’s blog post here.

Call or email for a consultation today, and let’s discuss your perfect wedding cake!

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Vendors //

Photography: Christy Tyler Photography | Floral & Décor: Kehoe Designs | Venue: The Murphy | Caterer: Paramount Events Chicago | Paper Goods: KM Printing Co. | Makeup Artist: Cheryl Harvey Gorey | Hair Stylist: Ginger Damato | Band: David Rothstein Music

Cake Sketches!

We pride ourselves on our custom cake creations, and begin each consultation the same way—with a sketch! While we do have a few staple designs and décor accents, each cake is constructed based on a client’s individual vision. Reflecting on past cake sketches, it’s fun realizing just how different each and every cake truly is, and how much dedication is poured into each project. We love nothing more than a custom cake creation, especially when it comes to executing something entirely new. Take a look back at these past sketches with us, and see if you recognize any of these sketches in real life on our Instagram feed or from a past event!

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Call or email for a custom consultation and let’s get sketching!

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Chicago Style Weddings Designer Challenge!

Believe it or not, Chicago is a small town when it comes to the wedding industry! Because there are a multitude of us in the business, it’s always fun to explore new creative opportunities by participating in local designer challenges. Recently, our team participated in the Chicago Style Weddings Designer Challenge, where we partnered up with Lola Event Productions to create a “Color Outside the Lines” styled shoot at Ravenswood Event Center with photography by Gold Grid Studios. Our classic white fondant cakes were covered in hand-painted florals with rigorous detail to perfectly match a floral wallpaper print. Fresh florals from HMR Designs were the perfect addition to really make a bold and vibrant statement. It was such a great time participating in this shoot, and being a part of this exciting challenge!

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The full list of talented Chicago vendors involved in this Designer’s Challenge include:

Photography: Gold Grid Studios | Planner: Lola Event Productions | Venue: Ravenswood Event Center | Floral Design: HMR Designs | Invitations: Steracle Press | Tabletop & Chair Rentals: Hall’s Rental | Charger Plate & Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen

Don’t forget to check out Chicago Style Weddings to vote for this shoot to win the Designer’s Challenge, and to call or email for a custom cake consultation—we have no bounds to our creative limits!

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Real Wedding: Lora & Stephen

For Lora and Stephen’s Chicago wedding, our cake design centered on the color aesthetic of their stunning day. Their four-tiered cake was both Lemon cake with Raspberry buttercream filling as well as alternating Chocolate and Vanilla Bean cake layers with Vanilla Bean buttercream filling and was adorned in pink cascading florals from Christine Janda Design & Events. We love the addition of bright blooms on a classic white cake, and the emerald green ribbon to top off this one of a kind design. From the invitation suite to the floral bouquets to the cake, these summertime nuptials were colorful and cheery!

Call (312)-344-1046 or email for a custom consultation today, we’d love to bring your cake dreams to life!

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Vendors //

Venue: The Langham Chicago | Photography: Becky Brown Photography | Event Design, Planning & Floral: Christine Janda Design & Events | Invitations: LBrown Design & Paperie | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Band: Cagen Music | Hair & Makeup: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry | Bridal Gown: Weddings 826