As soon the lovely Lauren & Liam decided upon a floral filled version of this Rococo wedding cake we created for a photoshoot we couldn’t wait to make it! What’s not to love? Blush and dusky pinks! Gold acanthus leaf frame! Our large sugar roses! How amazing does this pretty design look at the stunning Saltmarshe Hall?
Rose garden inspired Rococo wedding cake!
Three blush pink tiers featuring a gold painted acanthus leaf frame adorned with two large carefree sprays of sugar flowers. Florals include small open white peonies, light green rose leaves, eucalyptus sprigs, crisp white damson blossoms and large sugar roses inspired by the Quicksand and Fifth Avenue varieties! Each flower, leaf and berry was hand crafted then carefully arranged onto the cake. We always plan out placements of blooms with a few sketches and rough drafts beforehand.
One of our favourite features on this Rococo wedding cake are the hand-piped golden bees! We had wanted to pipe edible bees for some time now. We sketched out methods from how to create the wings to getting an elegant yet stylised shape to the body. Each bee is piped onto the sides of the cake nestled underneath the sugar flowers. We used royal icing in a stiffer consistency and added each section of the bee in separate stages! Finally, a little gold added a touch of glamour.
Ornate frame cakes are still pretty popular. They’re such a fantastic way to work in a little opulence! Acanthus leaves are stunning motifs in a lot of historic architecture. This makes them perfect for adding detail to a show-stopping cake! They’re also amazing paired with florals too! We used several fondant acanthus leaves to create the golden frame at the centre of this pretty design. Finally, we hand painted each leaf gold before adding smaller gold elements (berries and bees) amongst the sugar flowers.
We delivered and set-up this beauty at the lovely Saltmarshe Hall. After days, and sometimes weeks, of working on cakes it’s always insanely refreshing to deliver and visit some of the amazing venues our couples book! Saltmarshe was an amazing hall tucked away into the countryside and the perfect place for a gorgeous wedding! Congratulations to Lauren and Liam!
Anyone who knows us will be pretty aware of our love for unicorns. This cutie with her blush and bubblegum pink mane, golden hooves and sweet little smile was definitely no exception. Perched on top of a fun two tier Christening cake surrounded with golden confetti, polka dots and bunting she was ready for Grace’s Christening!
Cute unicorn Christening cake!
The top blush pink tier was trimmed with edible fondant bunting in white with hand-painted polka dots, bubblegum pink and golden fondant finished with a tiny bow. Each bunting ‘flag’ is rolled out thin, measured and cut individually and then left to set with a slight curve at the tip. This is so they can look like they have a little movement and lightness to them. Once attached we then added the painted elements!
The unicorn Christening cake itself was our popular Classic Strawberry flavour (aka Victoria Sponge). It is fluffy vanilla cake filled with our fruity strawberry preserve and creamy Madagascan vanilla bean buttercream. Definitely a crowd pleaser! We love that the flavour matches the outside too
Golden confetti and polka dots just scream fun. Maybe we’re biased (just look at our logo…), but we absolutely love them. For this cute cake the golden elements help transform it into something sweet AND on-trend. Obviously, welovetoaddgoldfeaturesontoacake. The plain white bottom tier needed a little something so a flurry of gold painted polka dots were added. Then a variety of gold fondant confetti pieces were added on top of each tier, around the blush pink board and on top of the alphabet blocks spelling out Grace’s name!
Just another up-close shot of that pretty in pink unicorn! She’s too cute! We like to make every fondant character a little different so that everyone has a something completely unique. For this one we added a golden painted muzzle instead of the usual pastel type. We also used two different tones of pink (a blush and a bubblegum), grouped them and then twisted her hair into shape.
We hope Grace and her family had an amazing day at her Christening!
Naked cakes and semi-naked cakes are always exciting to create. We LOVE lots of elements in nature so it’s great for us to work with fresh florals, quirky herbs, and tempting fruits. This cake was definitely no exception! Who wouldn’t love an English countryside semi-naked wedding cake?
Our main requests for this cake from the couple involved lots of country garden florals and that it wasn’t too contemporary in look. We sketched out rough ideas of placement before we kept going back to one that featured flowers and berries loaded onto two alternate tiers. We thought the fullness would mimic country gardens closely filled with herb pots and rose bushes.
English countryside semi-naked wedding cake!
The more heavier floral arrangements were first planned or ‘mapped’ out on alternate tiers. We began with the very top tier so that the cake instantly had extra height. One trick is to position the rose slightly upwards so it shows off the rose at a really pretty angle. It also gives the illusion of the large bloom roses being a little taller too. Then any draping florals or foliage get added. In this case it was the white freesias that hang elegantly along the tiers. Finally, we filled it in with small flowers, herbs and some fruits.
The whole point of a naked or semi-naked cake is rustic wilderness. With that in mind we still like to have a little ‘form’ to our designs. Even more laid-back or random versions take a fair bit of planning. We’re often walking back and forth asking each other if a cluster of fruit makes it look off balance or if a rose perched on top looks odd. Taking snaps on our iPads helps too. If you’re not sure taking a picture distances yourself from it a little.
We get ridiculously excited about every single cake we make. Sometimes, though, a mix of pretty decorative techniques and an elegant colour palette means that we count the days until the big day! This white on white 5 tiered beauty is definitely one of those designs. Plus, just just look at that gorgeous muted grey and gold wall in the ballroom at Rise Hall!
With a heavily fondant frilled bottom tier, ornate damask design and shimmering lustre effects with an acanthus leaf frame, champagne gold piped monogram and a corsage of bright white florals this cake relies on a balance of decorative elements to make it’s statement. We love every single part of it.
Our ruffles are pretty popular and while they are ridiculously laborious they’re worth it in the end. They add the perfect feel of movement and softness too. The next tier mimics historic flocked wallpaper with a glimmering lustre base underneath the royal icing damask. Then the third had to show off a bit more lustre! Seriously, we would probably lustre every cake if we could.
Finally the top two tiers. A sleek white plain tier embellished with a white acanthus leaf frame surrounding champagne gold piped initials of the happy couple! We sketched out a few fonts before manipulating them to fit the space we needed. Then we added some flourish to the ends and tested placements. After that we piped everything free hand before painting in a soft glittering champagne gold edible paint.
Ruffles upon ruffles! Our frilly fondant detailing takes hours to do. We create them out of thinly rolled out fondant in 6-8″ strips and ruffled them by hand individually. We love adding texture to a cake and edible frills are definitely one of the best ways to do this.
The pretty florals were kept simple for this cake. Large billowing yet cupped white peonies with ruffled centres framed one side of the top tier. Then accents of white and champagne gold dotted orchids and tiny hydrangeas were added to the cake.
Congratulations to Natalie and James who celebrated at the stunning Rise Hall!
We’re huge fans of keeping up to date when it comes to the latest cake trends. We spotted this super cool idea a little while ago and couldn’t wait to give it try! When the fabulous folks over at Craftsy suggested it for a tutorial we jumped at the chance! How amazing are these edible brushstrokes made completely out of chocolate? They look hard to create and incredibly delicate, but they are in fact so easy to make! To find out how to re-create this look head on over to our brushstroke cake tutorial on the Craftsy blog!
Layered on top of each other these pretty chocolate brushstrokes resemble feathers! How amazing would these look in various shades of pink on a flamingo themed party cake? Wouldn’t chocolate brushstrokes also look cute on buttercream swirled cupcakes too? Arrange a few in varying sizes on top, add some super fun sprinkles and then gild the brushstroke pieces with edible gold leaf.
The cool thing about making these chocolate brushstrokes is that you can use different coloured candy melts for themed cakes instead of chocolate. Sometimes the idea of tempering chocolate is a little scary so candy melts are a pretty stress-free alternative.
For an incredibly dramatic cake how about covering three tiers with elegant chocolate or candy melt brushstroke pieces? They’d look pretty striking cascading all the way down one side of the cake! We also think a few painted with edible gold would add to the wow factor! For something modern in feel why not opt for black candy melt brushstrokes with white buttercream and a glam gold splatter?