Exclusive: How Jessica Simpson Planned Her 6-Layer Wedding Cake

07/10/2014 at 11:49 AM ET

Jessica Simpson's wedding cake
Courtesy Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes; Inset: Rommel Demano/Getty

Forget flour and butter: The perfect wedding cake starts with pen and paper, if Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson’s incredible 6-tier confection is any indication.

Joan Spitler of Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes in Bel Air shared exclusive details with PEOPLE of the towering cake she and her team created for the couple’s July 5 nuptials, including a look at the sketch that started the bakery’s design process.

The cake was covered in a burnished gold fondant “to tie in with [Jessica's] dress detail,” she tells PEOPLE. “And then the flowers are sort of in that unkempt, garden feel of the wedding.”

A layer of fluffy Italian meringue buttercream also covered the cake, which featured alternating layers of coconut cake with a coconut cream filling and vanilla cake with mixed berries and cream — flavors chosen after Spitler sent the bride and groom five tiny cakes to test at home.

“Jessica likes really delicious, traditional sort of American-style cakes,” Spitler says. And just in case six layers weren’t enough for the occasion, “we made a lot of extra, because it’s so delicious.”

The bakers (formerly known as the Cake Divas) collaborated with Simpson’s celebrity event planner, Mindy Weiss, and Los Angeles florist Mark’s Garden, who created a 2-foot stand for the cake.

“We worked with Mindy a lot so that everything would tie in with the whole look and décor of the room,” Spitler says, adding that the whole process took “probably about a month.”

For more details on the cake and exclusive photos of the wedding, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

—Ana Calderone

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bill on

This is insane !!!!! A wedding cake genius !!!!! You are the best, Jess !!!!!!!! Can’t wait for your next album !!!!!!!!

Tina on

OMG! Are you going to piece-meal us to death with this Jessica Simpson wedding? One day, it’s a wedding photo; another day, it’s her hair; another day, it’s the cake, etc. C’mon.

bitsy on

Enough about her already! Time to move on…..

charlotte on

OMG…I am dying to know what inspired her choice of nail polish. People, please publish that article next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ugh! Enough.

Ryan on

Wonder if she brushed her teeth for her wedding day? I’ve never been able to forget when she said she doesn’t brush her teeth everyday.

shell on

wow! For a woman who never went to college she IS something else. Who knew…she makes music…is a fashion designer and now a pastry chef!!!!! ORRrrrrrr….does she just have ALOT of money to PAY people who actually have talent….to do all these things for her???? Nice girl…but dont take credit for things YOU dont do. It takes real talent to take that scribble on a piece of paper and make it a cake….it takes real talent to listen to someone dictate how you want a dress to look and actually MAKE the dress…..really people. You Americans…always giving credit to the wrong people. For SHAME. AND I do LOVE how these relig people are so selfless….

Ryan on

Shell: I couldn’t agree more! I don’t think of myself as a hater, but come one…..all this fawning over these people are ridiculous…..

Chrissy on

Wonder if she took all this pointers from that ridiculous book she wrote about weddings? Wonder why, if she is such a big time designer, she didn’t make her own dress? People are always giving props to this girl, and if anyone took one minute to listen to her speak…..I think they would think again.

Deb Sav on

I thought her kid colored the picture. Is that really the sketch of the cake?

Edie on

No doubt, Jessica did not design the cake. She had a staff to do that for her.

[Gak. All of this wedding coverage of her has got to stop. She is such a non-entity. It's ridiculous!]

Marie on

Wow, she must keep Mindy Weiss in business…..I think she used her for her first wedding too? Does anyone think she took ideas from that book she wrote about weddings? What a joke…..

Marie on

How did she plan it? It doesn’t even say she was the one!

Chrissy on

IF she drew this cake….I can only imagine what her fashion designs look like!

Katy on

too funny bill great comment

Jessica on

Who the hell cares about Jessica Simpson’s wedding cake.
This is just as bad as the Kardashian/West wedding.

jen on

Simply cannot stand to watch/listen to this thimbot speak.

diane peck on

I didn’t mean to put people on my nook. Would u asap please takee it off for good. I have news celebrity and babies thankyoe

whatever on

I watched one of those videos about her pre-wedding prep and this chick must’ve been drunk as 1234 b/c she can barely speak…plus the shape her mouth makes when she speaks makes me want to punch her in the face. Nobody’s lips should peel down like that, grow up and sober up…

Paige on

I like how the article says “Exclusive”. It’s only exclusive because no one else wanted to run such a ridiculous story.

Ginger on

Guess she sketched it.

Diane on

Please give us a break. Jessica didn’t plan out her wedding cake or her bridesmaids dresses, etc.
She spent a ridiculous sum to other people do it. They showed her pictures and she gave it a ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
Enough with this wedding already.

diane peck on

Get off my face book please

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