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Meet Apollina and Her Fashionable Cakes

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Apollina Spoto is an attorney in Washington, D.C. and a novice baker who started making cakes to satisfy her cravings for the latest runway fashions. She interprets designer dresses into cakes for her blog Apollinas, and we asked her to whip up unique confections for us. By fusing her love of sweets and style, she has her fashion and eats it too!

When I saw this “Lucia” dress from Stella McCartney’s fall 2011 collection, I fell in love. And I wasn’t the only one. Everyone from Kate Winslet to Gisele Bundchen was seen in this dress and I wanted a piece…of cake that is.

Cake photography by Sebastian Marin

I satisfied my couture craving by making two cakes. One (on the left) is four layers of dark chocolate cake covered in ganache and cocoa powder and the other (at right) is a two-tier cake with vanilla buttercream, caramel frosting, and white chocolate appliqués.

The chocolate cake was deliciously rich, thanks to the dark cup of coffee I poured into the batter, and I used my favorite chocolate buttercream recipe for the layers. The design was a bit of trick: I used a sifter and a hair dryer on the cool setting to cover the side of the cake (as well as my kitchen) with cocoa powder.

The white Lucia cake was equally delicious and presented its own challenges. The white chocolate dots were easy to make in candy molds but the caramel frosting was difficult to work with. I should have expected that from the deliciously sticky stuff.

So, I wound up getting a taste of Stella McCartney’s Lucia dresses after all. And by the time I was finished making these cakes, I got to wear them too!

For more cakes inspired by fashion, click here.

Comments (12)

  • one word: amazing! ....ok two: yummy!!!

  • Apollina is a very talented baker. Stella McCartney’s fall 2011 collection inspired cake.. this is beautiful. I love that she is infusing her sense of high fashion into food. Who wouldn't want to eat a cake like that!

  • I think you need to make my wedding cake sister! Proud of you!

  • Super cute and creative. Sounds so yummy.

  • I absolutely love this! How different and creative.

  • [...] I have some unbelievably exciting and crazy news!  I couple of weeks ago I received an email from the (wonderful) Senior Editor of Martha Stewart Weddings and the subject of the email included the words, “Guest Blogger”.  I about flipped.  After nervously reading through the email (over and over) I freaked out and tried to contain my enthusiasm as I responded to her inquiry with a “Yes please” and a ”I’m no professional, are you sure?” – just to make sure there hadn’t been a mistake.  Well, the ensuing email exchange was amazing and delightful and charming and I’m thrilled to report that my first guest post for Martha Stewart Weddings’ The Bride’s Guide went up yesterday!  You can see it HERE!  [...]

  • Stunning and decadent! I want to eat them and preserve them all at once.

  • I am a big fan of Apollina! I think she is crazy talented and she did a beautiful job! I am so happy to see her guest post on this amazing site!

    Amy R.
    {plain & fancy living}

  • Amazing work!

  • I love you how you make such fashionable cakes. I can't wait to see your next inspired creation.

  • You are so talented and creative! I don't know how you can cut into these beautiful creations! The chocolate cake looks especially delicious :) I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  • Your cakes are amazing! Your sense of fashion and creativity are truly brought out in these masterpieces! So proud of you, girl!!! I can't wait to taste one!

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