How Ashlee Simpson Chose Her ‘Naked’ 4-Tier Wedding Cake

09/03/2014 at 05:05 PM ET

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Wedding Cake
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Just like Ashlee Simpson‘s crop top wedding dress, her cake was anything but traditional.

The bride choose a 4-tier red velvet, chocolate and vanilla “naked cake” courtesy of Brooklyn-based BCakeNY for her Aug. 31 nuptials to Evan Ross.

“It had a very thin buttercream layer around, so you could actually see the cake color come through,” BCakeNY owner Miriam Milord tells PEOPLE. “The cake had a lot of fresh flowers and berries on it. It was not a very classic wedding cake finish.”

The “bohemian-style” confection also fit in with the overall theme of the reception. “The cake matched perfectly with the décor and the centerpieces. We actually worked together with the florist,” says Milord, who estimated 12 different kinds of flowers were used including garden roses, azaleas as well as leaves and pieces of twigs for a  “very natural” look.

The show stopper also stayed within an autumnal palette. “They used fall colors like burgundy, red, orange and green,” says Milord, and to add to the enchanted feel, “the cake itself sat on a round, dark mahogany board.”

And the collaboration process proved to be a cinch for the baker and the newlyweds. “We very easily clicked on what they were looking for and what we created for them was exactly what they wanted,” says Milord. “I think they just wanted something that matched the original décor and the bohemian-style decorations that [Ashlee] put together with [wedding planner] Mindy Weiss.

And the couple’s feedback: “That it was perfect,” says Milord.

—Michelle Ward

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Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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Trish on

Sorry if this is a stupid question but what is a naked cake? One without frosting on it? Never heard of it before.
Congrats to them both! 🙂

Hmmm on

Great. Why did I read this? Now I just want red velvet cake!

Hmmm on

Trish, they describe it in the article.

Trish on

Wish they had shown a photo. I love looking at wedding cakes.
I see now, googled photos. That would be untraditional. I like it since I don’t like a lot of frosting. Now, I want cake!

Guest on

Dear People,
How can you have an article about a cake without showing the cake?

Jo on

She married the mulatto son of the worst diva there ever was, of course the wedding and reception were out of this world. They fit perfect with his alcoholic mom and her bizarre behavior. Wonder what her southern dad thinks about this all.

Selena on

You mean her GAY southern dad, bumping and grinding with a boy younger than his newly married daughter, JO?

Gosh, you are an idiot. Diana must have thrown back the ragged panties you tossed on stage before. Jerk.

Who describes a cake in such detail and don’t bother to include a photo? How about, no photo, no story of such a visual item?

Pricked by racist comment on

Only a racist uses the word mulatto, about time you check yourself

cynnergy on

Seriously, a naked cake. It’s like a dog without fur – plausible, but why?

DaisyMoon on

Where’s the d*mn picture?
Even Jenny & Donnie’s cake article had a sketch at least…

Ladybits on

Why is this NEWS?!?!?!?!?!

Nikki on

Buttercream on red velvet? What’s the point without the cream cheese frosting? And if the only reason to have this story, without a picture, is to keep the Simpleton name in the news, I’m sure they could’ve picked something a little less pointless.

AnnG on

Another YAWNZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZSNOREZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ article…….A has been marrying who with a naked cake…….seriously!!

sharon Little on

Yes, and then she cut it with her chin !!!!

Ruthie on

Won’t last. She’s into her homely men, I’ll give her that. There’s something to be said for women who can’t have a man who would be prettier than them. I remember when Tom Selleck and his first wife got divorced. Her major problem was when they walked into a room all eyes were on him, not her.

Guestypie1018 on

What no pictures?!? Rude. I wanna see the beautiful cake!

@Ruthie on

@Ruthie., Tom Selleck is still married to his one and onlywife.

@ Jo on

Jo, you are what is wrong with the world today. Why do you feel the need to highlight the fact that they are an interracial couple? Mulatto son? Really? When I look at them, I just see two adults in a relationship.

Don’t worry about what Ashley’s Southern dad thinks about it… b/c you are clearly the one that has a problem with it.

Lollipop on

Megh I really dislike in clicking on one article waiting for a picture and all I have is a lame description. Work harder People magz….

charlotte on

it would seem to me that a “naked” cake was one lacking frosting/fondant, etc. the fact that this one had a thin layer and was adorned with berries and flowers would lead me to believe it was anything BUT naked. Nice try on the headline though 😦

Dara on

Because she has no talent (or career), Ashlee uses men for their money. Let’s see how long this marriage lasts.

Kat on

She’s gonna get bored with this guy really soon. I give them 3yrs tops. I also heard that no mag was interested in putting them on the cover or do a spread, they only managed to sell a few photos. Ouch! That had to hurt. Won’t be long b4 her ‘feet start itching’ to move on to the elusive greener pastures.

Jessica simpleton on

I loooove how this wedding almost perfectly coincided with the birth of her ex’s new baby. Same MO as her idiot sister who timed birth, wedding with all of her ex’s life activities. All masterminded by her master/father joe! Ha!

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Quyen Salloum on

Superb web page you’ve gotten there.|