Sometimes the most fun cakes are the most straight forward to design and construct. Here’s a bright and simple birthday party cake that we created featuring a hand-made and edible Hello Kitty perched on top! We loved creating this sweet design plus the fairly plain cake left us with a great canvas to work on an adorable gum paste / modelling paste Hello Kitty character happily clutching a fondant / sugar paste balloon; perfect for a lively get-together!
Our design requests for this treat included an edible Hello Kitty figure, a white iced vanilla and strawberry cake with a white chocolate ganache, the colours pink and yellow and generally a need for an un-fussy but fun look.
We added the cute little balloon to add a sweet playful look and feel to the cake. This was definitely one of our favourite things about the whole design, but we do love that the edible confectioner’s glaze painted onto the surface created a realistic shine!
Our little Hello Kitty was created using custom coloured gum paste / modelling paste and by carefully studying lots of images from official merchandise. It’s important when re-creating well known characters to pay close attention to the positioning of eyes, noses etc (an art school essential is being told that the ’empty’ space is an equally important part of the work). If it helps sketch out a character on grid paper while studying the subject and mapping out the distances between facial features.
To re-create this cake with a different spin some fabulous ideas would be to add white on white swiss dots around the sides with royal icing, make tiny fondant gifts to sit around the character’s feet or to create a large bundle of bright balloons to nestle into Hello Kitty’s paw!
Here’s an incredibly decadent small frame cake we designed and created for a wedding. For this cake we were pretty much given full creative control with just a few definite design requests from the happy couple that included lots of gold, simple blossoms, a lavish style in terms of overall look and a bit of an autumn/winter feel to the end cake.
With all of the fabulous elements that the couple requested in mind we decided upon a bit of a Rococo (always a favourite) influence combined with a luxurious jewel-inspired colour palette which pairs wonderfully with gold and copper accents.
The small bouquets nestled onto the cake are all hand-made from cmc reinforced sugarpaste / gum paste. Following the request for simple blossoms we picked out the silk taffeta damson-style blossoms from the table centrepieces and invites to use as small arrangements adorning the cake. Each was lightly dusted with shimmering gold lustre dust and further accented with burgundy tinted hypercium berries and sugar leaves.
When we designed the cake a few sketches featured the use of grosgrain ribbon to add a little dimenson to the cake’s decor. This idea came from looking though fashionable attire that straddled both the Rococo era and Baroque for women’s necklaces being tied about the neck with silk ribbons. After initially assembling it was clear a little bit of black grosgrain ribbon with chevron snipped tails was needed.
To a nice element of drama as well as to fulfil the couple’s request for lots of gold we decided to carefully gild the smaller top tier with sheets of edible gold leaf. This also added a wonderful bit of texture and a touch of the rustic look.
Using gold leaf is fairly costly and can be quite the challenge. Applying the edible gold took a fair bit of steadiness as well as minutes of holding one’s breath to complete. Our tips for trying out this technique is to use cake decorating tweezers to lift the top two corners of the sheet, carry it slowly to the cake and drape over the side and top before lightly brushing the leaf on to the tier. Also, don’t wet the fondant covering of the cake before doing so!
It was so sad to see this stunning piece leave us as it is definitely our style of cake from the realistic florals to the lavish usage of gold.
This super fun Batman themed Minion cake was a last minute request but we couldn’t resist! We think this mischievous little cake is perfect for a birthdays so close to the festivities of Halloween from it’s sleek black costume to the Batman symbol embossed cake board!
Minion cakes are insanely popular and they’re always fun to make especially when people request an extra twist like crazy costumes or quirky flavours! They can be transformed into almost anything which makes them perfect for most occasions; imagine a minion cake disguised as a pumpkin for a Halloween party centre piece, or even as a Christmas tree? What about dressed up as the recipients favourite singer or movie character? Needless to say, we love making them!
The cake itself was a freshly whipped up classic Victoria sponge featuring Madagascan vanilla buttercream and home made strawberry preserve. We filled, stacked, carved and crumb coated the shape before chilling it and covering it with custom coloured yellow fondant. The super-minion really began to look the part when we’d finished the iconic mask, ears and all!
One of our favourite features was the Batman embossed cake board which we covered with grey fondant / sugar paste, embossed with a small Batman cookie cutter and then dusted with edible silver lustre dust for a cool metallic sheen!
For the fun name plaque we were inspired by the Batman light signal from the films and comics! We used tylo reinforced fondant to create the bright yellow and grey fondant circles to emboss and hand paint onto before attaching to the side of the cheeky Minion character!
Woodland and nature inspired cakes are one of our favourite styles of wedding cakes to design and make. We love so many aspects of wilderness from overgrown gardens to awe-inspiring mountain landscapes that have to admit quite the pangs of excitement when a happy couple share their nature influenced cake ideas with us! This woodland themed three tiered cake is no exception of course.
This tall cake features a deep middle Cherry Bakewell flavoured (almond cake with almond oil buttercream and black cherry preserve) tier. The cake is flourished with sugar bramble berries, hellebore flowers, damson blossoms, ruffled scabiosa flowers, various fantasy berries, golden feathers, edible moss, painted bugs, various mushrooms and white chocolate bracket fungus!
One of our favourite elements of this cake are the sugar bramble (or blackberry) berries! They’re incredibly time consuming, but done well and with a healthy dose of patience they can look so much like the real fruits themselves. Plus we adore the quirkiness of them.
The couple wanted some elements of gold included in their cake so we used gold pearl stamens (these are such a favourite in the studio for adding a touch of glamour to floral sprays that we’ll be stocking these soon), gold lustred damson blossoms, champagne glimmer dusted bracket fungus, golden feathers, edible gold glitter sprinkled in with the ‘moss’ and a gold ribbon to trim the board.
The addition of the small fondant muchrooms, bracket fungus and moss adds quite a carefree, quaint and nature-loving look to the overall design especially partnered with the usual florals and bramble berries! Each mushroom is fondant or white modelling chocolate with light hand-painted accents!
This design sure was a pleasure to create. We loved every aspect from the glimmering fondant bees to the unusual and striking scabiosa flowers!
Here’s yet another cake as part of our latest wedding collection, a Gilded Magnolia and Sequin cake! We’re rather enthusiastic fans of using both gold and edible ‘sequins’ in our work and this more modern design is definitely not an exception. Read on to learn more about what inspired this creation!
We based this design loosely on a stunning gold sequin gown in Elie Saab’s A/W 2012 collection. We simplified the design with plain ivory tiers and large sugar magnolia flowers featuring gold dusted centres. Originally, sugar Juliet roses were to feature perched upon each tier, however, we thought that a more structured floral would work better and also add a more sleek look to the end design.
To add a touch of the romantic we covered and trimmed the board with blush pink fondant and a gorgeously sumptuous liquid gold ribbon finished with our usual double looped bow held with a crystal tipped pin. The board itself ended up being somewhat reminiscent of the Miss Dior Cherie perfume bottles and packaging!
The ‘sequin’ look can be a fairly time consuming and costly process, but it’s certainly worth it if you have the time, resources and patience and if you’re looking for a show-stopping technique! We lost count of how many large bottles of edible gold paint it took to paint this.
We created the magnolia flowers ourselves, as with all of our florals. To begin the process of flower making we always sit down and analyse photographs making notes of texture, sizing, curve, petal count and colour. There are times, however, when a little creative licence is needed so that a particular bloom works with a design rather than against it. These white magnolias were inspired by the Milky Way variety, but instead of the deep pink centres we created them out of ochre gum paste and stamens dusted gold.
We enjoyed creating this design. Even though it is a little bit of a departure from our own personal style, which leans towards more the historical and woodland inspired (think Rococo and Georgian influences with dark Germanic legends and forests), we think it still manages to encompass our typical look but with a touch of the modern thrown in!