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!
Here’s an absolutely gorgeous wedding design we created recently – a dogwood blossom wedding cake! Every single one of our cakes are hard for us to see leave us, but this one quickly became a favourite! We LOVED the elegant white tiers paired with gold Rococo touches and stunning floral choices. Beautiful large white roses, stylised 24k gold acanthus leaves, deep forest green rose leaves and gilded dogwood blossoms adorn the tiers.
This dogwood blossom wedding cake was inspired a little by an ornate rose and stephanotis flower adorned design we created earlier on in the year. Tiers were re-arranged, the faux cake stand effect was omitted and the florals and colours were swapped over. We also concentrated more on decorative mouldings that were more leaf-influenced like the curved acanthus leaves and stylised ferns that trim the tiers.
A shallow fake tier was added between the base and middle to give the cake design a little drama and height. This was iced in a deep forest green, adorned with 24k gold acanthus mouldings and then surrounded with lots of gilded sugar dogwood blossoms, gold berries and deep green fondant leaves. The acanthus leaf mouldings were added to the separator for a touch of extra gold and texture underneath the gorgeous florals.
More height was added to the cake with some large voluminous white sugar roses that cascaded a little from the top of the smallest tier. Arranged around these blooms were 24k gold acanthus leaves, dark green rose leaves, golden berries and pretty gilded dogwood blossoms! We used wired acanthus leaves in the top arrangement of sugar flowers to help tie in the golden trims of the rest of the design, but they’re so elegant and slender that they’re perfect for adding a little extra height too.
All the elements together worked beautifully and this was definitely a cake we’d have loved to keep for ourselves! It had to fulfil it’s wedding cake destiny, however, and be the centre of attention!
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!