It’s not often that we have time between orders, editorial work, consultations and admin days that we find any time to work on any designs we have doing the rounds in our heads. Every so often we have a couple come along and fall in love with one of our ‘wildcard’ sketches that feature more bespoke ideas or quirky elements. This time we had the opportunity to work on a peony Rococo wedding cake for a photoshoot!
Pretty in pink peony Rococo wedding cake!
The visual ideas behind ‘City Chic’ were less than obvious, which felt perfect for us. Instead of marble effects, cold palettes or inner-city steel features; everything was romantic, fashion-led and definitely stylish. When it came to city inspiration we took elements from beautiful Rococo architectural features easily found in European locations as well as urban parks and gardens.
We incorporated a sophisticated tufted / quilted centre in the middle of the historic looking acanthus leaf frame inspired by must-have Chanel it bags into our Rococo wedding cake idea. The other fashion element in the design was the silk veil tulle that we pouffed up over our signature sugar peonies and gently draped down the side of the top tier.
The idea of ‘hiding’ little gold-painted bees came from some amazing city locations such as the Waldorf Astoria in NYC and Fortnum & Mason in London keeping beehives and harvesting honey on their rooftops (Waldorf Astoria even use all their own honey in their menu and cocktails as well as spa!). We loved this idea of nature existing within an urban city environment so much and felt that it added a quirkiness to the gold painted Rococo frame!
Our signature sugar open peony is by far our most popular and requested flower! It’s stunning and can span around 6 inches in width so it’s the perfect centrepiece or focal point on a cake design. Every single voluminous sugar petal is wired so they can be spread and arranged to look even bigger too. We’ve also had couples ask for extra rows of petals to really have a statement flower!
Wow… do we love the detailing and texture on those elegant gold acanthus leaves. They’re an incredibly popular ornament in architecture so they made the perfect addition on this city chic-inspired cake. We arranged each leaf in place before gently curling the tips outward for a softer and more interesting look we loved. Plus painting them gold = a major thrill for us too.
Once the large peonies and silk tulle veil were added on top of the ornate frame we concentrated on smaller hints of texture with the addition of pale berries and blossoms. We created ice pink berries, frosted white berries, simple cherry blossoms and cupped white lilacs and buds which then surrounded the peonies in clusters. This also helped soften up the arrangements of peonies.
OK. Let’s have one last shot of those gorgeous little golden fondant bees! We added a couple of them around the frame for interest, but ‘hid’ most of them in small groups underneath the sugar peonies to mimic the bees gathering around fresh flowers in city gardens. We love adding small design ideas like these nestled into florals, berries and our popular edible sequin look as they add a really sweet yet quirky dimension!