James F. was the first to submit this loveliness, and as you can see it's from the one and only Pink Cake Box.
This next one may be more "bare bones", but I think it's rather classic:
Lynn H. actually sent this to me a looong time ago as a Wreck, but I liked it well enough to keep it stashed in the "Sweets" file ever since. It's from Craig's Cake Shop in Wisconsin.
I hear this next one was recently featured on the WE channel's Amazing Wedding Cakes:
It was made by Lauri Ditunno of Cake Alchemy, and Julie T. was the first of many to send it in.
I find this one particularly cool because I think that web was made using a new flexible icing product I saw at last year's ICES convention. You pipe it out as a runny icing, but once it dries it's like an edible rubber - you can pick it up, stretch it, etc. John and I had some fun at the product table playing with the stuff, but this is the first professional cake I've seen using it - assuming that's what it is, of course.
Sorry, sorry - geek out time over. Next!
I'm an art lover, so you know I have to feature at least one Day of the Dead cake:
Looove the colors! This was Janet S.'s wedding cake, and it was made by Kathy of Calamity Cakes.
Check out this dark beauty:
It took me a second to realize, but those tiers are actually coffin-shaped! See, I love that this is such a unique, gothically-inspired cake without being in-your-face. Also, this just might be my favorite Day of the Dead inspired topper ever:
And yes, it was custom-made: Carrie, the bride, wore a red gown and has purple and red hair. [sing-song voice] Gor-geous!!
This was submitted anonymously, but Mistress Carrie (she's a DJ for WAAF in Boston) was kind enough to e-mail me recently with more details. The cake was made by Something Sweet by Michelle, and the custom topper by Skellramics.
Here's another red, black & white gem:
Sabrina found it here, and it's made by Rosebud Bakery. Thanks to all of you in the comments who helped track it down!
And you know I always save my favorite for last, right? Here ya go:
Honestly, I think I'm in love with this cake. Who knew a skull topper with a spider on it could be that adorable? And I love the soft colors, the airbrushing, the purplish black roses - it's really all quite exquisite. What's even better is that this was made by the author of the blog Pumpkin And Spice for her advanced cakes class - she's still in culinary school! Many thanks to Meghan L. for finding it.