July 09, 2015 01:31 PM

Brian Hatton

The elegant dress, the Egyptian-themed décor, the stuffed banana peppers and fried fish dinner—there was plenty to admire at Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip’s July 4 wedding, including the couple’s stunning wedding cake.

The couple enlisted David Muscoreil and his team at Muscoreil’s Fine Desserts in Buffalo, New York, to create a cake fit for their lavish affair.

“She was very much into the gold, so we suggested pulling in different types of gold and different types of textures,” Muscoreil tells PEOPLE exclusively. “That’s how we pulled together the design.”

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Brian Hatton

Muscoreil, along with three decorators, collaborated on the four-tier cake, 12 dozen gold crowned cupcakes and individually piped cookie hearts for the reception. The custom desserts, Muscoreil reveals, took about 15 hours to make.

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While the cupcakes were a traditional vanilla flavor, the wedding cake proved to be more complex, calling for double dark chocolate with a layer of ganache, chocolate chantilly cream and fresh strawberries. It was topped with white fondant and decorated with different gold hues, accent shapes and textures—all of which were reminiscent of the bride’s gown (made with ivory organza and gold leather petals) and overall wedding theme.

“It was a total honor and a blessing that she chose our phenomenal staff [to make her wedding cake],” says Muscoreil. “We appreciate that tremendously.”

—Grace Gavilanes

For all the photos and even more details from Williams’ perfect day, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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