My friend Jessica was throwing a surprise 30th-birthday party for her husband's cousin. The colors were hot pink and black, and she hired me to make the cake. She wanted something whimsical, and since I am totally against black icing (yuck), I used my beaded cake style and a spiral black and white cake platter to fit the theme.
Even the fondant that covered the wires was hot pink!
Using beads is a great way to incorporate a color without having to use dark-colored icings. Here, I use both hot pink and black (with a little silver thrown in for kicks) to make the hanging pendants.
Not only was the cousin surprised by the party itself, she absolutely loved her cake, as it was unlike anything she'd ever seen at the bakery. :)