HONEY-SOAKED CARDAMOM NAKED CAKE Who needs frosting when you can have five spicy-meets-citrusy layers of cardamom cake dripping with honey and topped with fresh plum compote and torched plums, like this one by Cake Life Bake Shop?
4 cakes: an almond-cornmeal pound cake with mascarpone cream and strawberries. The others: Tres leches cake with dulce de leche frosting, Scharffen Berger chocolate cake with dark-chocolate ganache, and lemon-soaked cake with candied lemons.
Trim Your Bar Tab Close the open bar an hour early and offer coffee. You’ll save hundreds of dollars; even better, guests will have a chance to sober up before they head out to the road.
NAKED HONEYCOMB PETITS FOURS Pretty little petits fours (really orange pound cake cut into hexagonal shapes) soaked in a brown sugar, butter, and honey glaze are a sunny addition to any dessert buffet, especially when topped with whipped cream and candied kumquat slices.