Stare at These Desserts That Look Like Bouquets

May 22, 2017

Late last month, a few of my coworkers began to notice a flurry of cakes that resembled bouquets suddenly populating their Instagram feeds. They told me this genre of dessert was the spiritual sister to the terrarium cake, marked by an abundance of flowers that look like something you’d find at a bridal shower, at once both tranquil and festive. Lately, we’ve started to see enough of these desserts that we believe it’s ossifying into a trend.

It began when we were all utterly dumbstruck upon encountering our friend Molly Yeh’s “bouquet cookies” a few weeks ago. These are arranged as carefully as ceremonial corsages, with lush patches of buttercream roses and hydrangeas.

These confections, I'm sorry to report, aren't united under a hashtag. But after pondering various permutations of this portmanteau—bouqu-akes? bou-cakes? bouquekes?—we have internally settled on nomenclature that we're ready to share with the world. Behold the bouqcake.

Okay, so the term isn’t exactly new. We won't pretend like we coined it. If you've got a better suggestion, we're willing to entertain it.

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No matter. Whatever you call them, perhaps you’ll begin to see more of these bouquets adorning desserts, and soon.

Party cakes!

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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.


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sexyLAMBCHOPx May 22, 2017
Instead of flower cenerpeieces for table rounds at my wedding, I opted for Bouquet cakes mimicking a flower arrangement. Each table had a different floral cake and flavor. When guests were called for dinner everyone walked around looking at these stunning cakes. Once the toasts were done the servers took ach cake back to the litchen to slice after dinner.
SandraH May 22, 2017
These Bouqcakes/Rose Rose Cakes and Cookie Bouquets are simply stunning! Gorgeous flowers by talented artists! It's making me think of maybe dusting off my piping bags, tips, et al to do a practice run of a few of these for a future cake.
molly Y. May 22, 2017
Awww!!!! Thank you, you guys!!! Bouqcakes 4ever!!!! (Scloafs too :-)
Kenzi W. May 22, 2017
Scloafs too!!!!
Whiteantlers May 22, 2017
These are serious food porn! I could not make myself eat anything so painstakingly made and so beautiful.