what baked dessert says "happy 1st wedding anniversary!"
does it have chocolate? resemble a wedding cake?
Since the traditional 1st anniversary gift is paper, I'd work around phyllo dough which is paper thin. You could bake phyllo layers, brushed with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, on a sheet pan. I'm thinking the layers will separate a bit as it bakes, looking like stacked paper. When cool, cut into squares or just break randomly. Plate and top with fruit sauteed in honey-butter-vanilla syrup (bananas, pears, pineapple or apples), and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
It seems to me I saw somewhere when baking plain phyllo stacked like that you should weigh it down with another sheet pan on top. A chow baker can probably set you right on the method.
The modern 1st anniversary present is clock. Maybe 12 cupcakes, numbered 1 through 12 positioned around a central cake face. Hour and minute hands pointing to the hour the wedding occurred. If you did a chocolate cake and cupcakes, white cream cheese frosting, chocolate numbers cut out of melted chocolate spread on parchment paper (freehand or with small cookie cutters). Long tapered strips for the hour and minute hands. Maybe a tiny heart at the tip of each hand.
Of course, this is assuming they don't have the top tier of their wedding cake to defrost.
love the chocolate fondue idea. but if baked is the driver, jfood thinks a molten chocolate cake is very sensual.
Traditionally, couples eat the top tier of the wedding cake on their first anniversary, having frozen it all year. I think it would be fun to do a play on this theme: something designed to look like a big slice of their cake -- maybe something with ice cream in it that should actually be served frozen.