Here are some vintage prom dress bridal shower cookies we created recently. We were asked to create some spring and early 1960s-inspired sugar cookies perfect for a vintage prom themed bridal shower and these lovely treats were the result.
The client wanted bright pastels and some fashion details included on each cookie along with three different designs to represent the two bridesmaids and the one bride. One of the first decisions was to make each cookie a different colour instead of creating the same base colour but with different detailing. Looking at the customer’s inspiration board on Pinterest we selected a fresh scheme of pale pinks, white, lilac and a faded Tiffany blue – perfect for spring and the early 1960s!
Quick sketches were made of each dress with ideas and notes on textures, colours, materials and design elements. For the bridal dress we added simple royal icing swiss dots, a pearl border to trim the bust and a lovely pink grosgrain ribbon bow. Each of the bridesmaids dresses featuring a pale base colour in flooded royal icing. We added tiny blossoms to the pink that were delicately thinned given a little dimension before being finished with a small sugar pearl inside each. The pale Tiffany blue cookie had simple brush embroidery style teardrops trimming the bust and hem of the dress before being finished with a grosgrain lilac ribbon bow!
Sometimes a fabulous idea comes from something relatively simple and everyday… like retro style paper straws! We were recently asked to create some pink, white and gold carousel themed cupcakes for a sweet baby shower. Originally, the customer wanted some flat decorated cupcakes, but after testing out some ideas using pink and white striped party straws we proposed a rather cute carousel-inspired idea!
Each cupcake for the baby shower was our delightfully fragrant Strawberry Milkshake flavour – soft Madagascan vanilla cake topped with a soft pink swirl of Strawberry and vanilla infused buttercream! We sprinkled each with tiny sugar pearls before each treat was then transformed with pretty carousel horses!
As the horses and their pink and white striped poles were the main focus we decided to keep the actual cupcakes simple and relatively unfussy. We swapped our usual plain round piping tip for a closed star tip to create the pretty ruffled effect. This added a lovely element of texture and softness to each.
Each carousel cupcake featured a galloping merry-go-round horse attached to a striped pole tipped with a golden ball. We created the horses using modelling paste and once set they were attached to strong pink and white retro-style paper straws with white chocolate before being painted with edible gold and finished with a gold painted balls on top.
Once finished these carousel cupcakes were then boxed up in an extended cake box before making their way to be enjoyed at a wonderfully vintage themed baby shower in Anlaby!
We love small cakes just as much as towering designs. If there’s one thing we’ve always said it’s that single tier cakes can be just as eye-catching as multi-tier creations. Last weekend we created this hand-painted cake for a wonderfully intimate wedding reception.
The cake itself was our delightfully refreshing and fun lemonade cake with Sicilian lemon oil infused cake filled with Sicilian lemon and lemon sherbet buttercream – one of our most popular flavours for wedding cakes! It’s them crumb coated and iced with marshmallow fondant.
The couple requested bold illustrative florals incorporating striking blush and black anemone flowers, but also wanted a more pretty and rustic inspired colour palette. As their wedding them was generally white on white with hints of blush pink and gold we had a little room to play with! We created different colour palettes first to look at how other colours would work with white, pale pink and gold before sourcing some floral illustrations and paintings to see which the couple preferred.
For the floral style the couple choose some of the Rifle Paper Co. designs we showed them which incorporates, simplified colour schemes, bold strokes and shapes, and illustrative details. We then sat and sketched out a few pattern and motif ideas with the chosen colour palette before the cake was even baked!
Monograms are very on-trend at the moment in the cake world – not just for beautiful wedding cakes. We created an ornate gold-painted frame for the front of the cake before adding a blank fondant insert on which to carefully hand-painted the required letter.
Finally a lovely large organza bow was tied around the cake’s base which adding a little dimension and drama. So that the cake wasn’t over powered by the ribbon we selected a crisp white sheer ribbon and positioned it to the side for a more carefree look.
Hand-painted cakes are a wonderful way to incorporate a certain motif or colour palette to a cake. It also helps tie in a themed party or wedding really well.