C California Style

PHOTO: Carmen Santorelli.

Tiers of Joy

by C California Style

As showstopping cakes take center stage, one San Diego artist’s confections are extravagant, yet totally cool.

With a name like Hey There, Cupcake! you might not think large desserts would be their specialty—but larger cakes mean more surface area to decorate. Owner Stevi Auble prints edible wafer paper with geometric patterns and wallpaper-like florals, and potato-starch sheaths become garlands, die-cut lace, even copper decoupage. Pictured at Lorimar Vineyards & Winery, Temecula, is a delicate assemblage of wafer blooms on one of her sleek cakes. Look for the one-time interior designer’s classes on craftsy.com this year, too. 858-790-8929; heythere-cupcake.com.

By Alison Clare Steingold.