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?
Yay! Here’s a ridiculously bright and fun rainbow unicorn cake we created for a birthday party. How insanely cool is this idea? We like to call this kind of cake a ‘freak cake’. It’s inspired by those crazy freakshake milkshakes that are covered with anything and everything sugar-coated. What’s so unicorn about this? Golden unicorn horn, magical sugary treats and rainbow… obviously!
Super magical rainbow unicorn cake!
We were asked to create a fun, gold drip cake for a 15th birthday that was bright in colour… and chocolate. We quickly sketched out our idea for a unicorn cake with a gold sequin drip (we LOVE adding those), a whole white chocolate bar jutting out of the top and oodles of rainbow sprinkles and candies. The lovely folks over at Bakesbox sent us an amazing bottle of their Unicorn Mix Sprinkles, which were utterly perfect for this little cake!
Inside is our Belgian chocolate cake filled with Madagascan vanilla and Belgian white chocolate truffle buttercream. The frosting covering the outside was also our Belgian white chocolate truffle buttercream, but with streaks of super bright colour! We coloured small amounts of frosting in fun neon pink, turquoise, lilac and lemon yellow. Added ‘splodges’ of each around the cake with a small palette knife and then used an icing scraper to create the streaked effect around the sides!
OK. Now for the list of biscuits, candies, chocolates etc that adorn the top and sides of this little beauty. Chopped up Flumps (they’re twisted marshmallow ropes to all the non-UK people out there, Party Rings (donut-like shaped cookies with a sugar glaze), rainbow Smarties, an entire bar of Belgian white chocolate, Bakesbox Unicorn Mix sprinkles, golden fondant unicorn horn, and a Belgian white chocolate ganache drip studded with white confetti sequin sprinkles then painted with edible gold.
Remember our tutorial for a super cute little teddy bear cake available over at the Craftsy.com store? Well now it’s time for a fun unicorn cake! Yup! It’s a full in-depth tutorial in PDF format (that also comes with some of the cool things you’ll need to create it). Head on over to Craftsy.com to get a unicorn cake kit of your own!
Unicorn cake tutorial!
Who isn’t going to loveloveLOVE this little cutie? Rainbow mane? Check. Cheeky little smile. Check. Uh… unicorn. Definite check! When the folks over at Craftsy asked us to design and create some cake tutorials specifically for kit form (PDF print out guide and the cool stuff to make it) our first thought was… unicorn cake. They’re such a trend right now and they’re also ridiculously fun so we had to. We sketched out a few ideas, but we wanted it to look different to the myriad of unicorn treats out there right now, but obviously still recognisable. We ended up playing with the cake shape, brightening the colours from popular pastels to a slight neon look, and tweaking facial features and mane.
Ahhh just look at that glorious rainbow main! Our ideas went from curly, messy to sleek. Sleek seemed the best and most accessible style for the majority of people to get to grips with. It’s simple and can be attached fully to the sides and top of the design. For beginners… curly hair would get pretty infuriating to manage.
We toyed with a few different positions and styles for the unicorn’s smile before settling on a simple and straight forward sideways grin. For a little extra ease novices can even draw in the eyes and mouth with an edible marker too! If you’re feeling pretty adventurous though you can change it up… try adding a funny little pink tongue sticking out? Extend it’s smile and indent slight dimples? Try a half moon shape for a super happy unicorn?
OK, now we’ll leave you with one final image of our rainbow unicorn cake tutorial. Remember to follow this link and get started on making your very own!
Yay! It was Krystle’s 31st birthday 25 March and she got a cake! We seriously hardly ever get any form of cake to ourselves, which sounds crazy given what we do for a living right? For the past two years, however, we have been so busy that we’ve not had the time to create a birthday cake for Krystle’s big day. This year, however, we managed it. Isn’t it a beauty too? Read on to find out more about our cute little bee studded creation!
Navy and blush peony cake with gilded bees!
This cake didn’t take long to design. A few inspirations behind it included Ralph Lauren‘s classic navy, white and gold colour palette and Alex Monroe‘s stunning nature inspired jewellery. Both of which we happen to own a lot of (uh oh). Krystle has always had an obsession with bees so that was a definite starting point too. Plus, we’ve discussed on and off creating a design that was covered with golden painted bees and bugs disappearing underneath heavy florals. In the end all of the elements for the cake, cupcakes and cookies fell together.
The matching cupcakes were super cute! They’re all Madagascan vanilla cake filled with Sicilian lemon curd and lemon oil infused buttercream. Each one was flat iced with blush or navy blue fondant / sugar paste before the details were added on top! We crafted ‘mini’ pale pink peonies with fluffy stamens and golden pistol centres to attach onto the blue iced cupcakes. The blush covered ones featured lots of small gilded bees!
Note: For adding wire florals into cake Safety Seal is amazing. It coats and seals all inedible items with a food safe wax. Yay! No picks in sight!
The hand-crafted sugar florals on the cake include… pink open peonies, white gardenias, fondant blackberries, blueberries, eucalyptus sprigs, emerald green peony leaves and pale grey berries!
Last but not least, the flavour inside was… Peanut butter Twix! Yup. Our chocolate cake filled with salted caramel sauce, chopped Twix bar pieces and a marbled peanut butter and Belgian milk chocolate buttercream then smothered with a Belgian dark chocolate ganache before being iced.