Isn’t this cake perfect for the darker and moodier months of the year? This burgundy semi-naked cake made one dramatic centrepiece at the lovely Rise Hall. Adorned with striking florals and an elegant take on an autumn palette this beauty was joy to make!
The gorgeous fresh flowers were provided by the lovely Sarah from Floral Lounge. Florals included deep burgundy roses, dainty wax flowers, blue thistles, ruscus leaves, and little white spray roses too! We particularly loved the foliage on the wax flowers as they look almost identical to rosemary springs. We arranged the florals so they were cascading around the cake which always looks so dramatic and luxurious. Can you have too many flowers? (Our vote is for a resounding ‘no’.)
Each tier was smoothed with matching light madagascan vanilla bean infused buttercream. The colour palette on the cake itself needed to be lovely and plain so the flowers could really do their work!
A lot of people ask us about delivering wedding cakes so… For taller cakes we transport them as 3 finished tiers and then stack the additional tiers on site securing the extra tier(s) in place with royal icing or chocolate. It can be a little nerve shattering especially when staff or guests are in the room, but you just need to take a deep breath and get to it.
Burgundy semi-naked wedding cake!
Just look at that gorgeous setting! This wedding cake was set-up underneath their winding staircase with it’s deep berry and mahogany tones. The light was perfect and next to the sumptuous flower filled urn it looked absolutely stunning!
Here are some more shots of the serene Rise Hall all dressed and ready for guests! Tall candelabras filled with beautiful Floral Lounge flowers adorned tables in the ballroom. Each were then surrounded with pretty accents by Cherry Williams Party Hire including mercury glass vases and chunky Victorian style candlesticks!
Even the staircase surrounding the cake table was dressed up! Filled with garlands of foliage and accent flowers it also featured lovely modern styled golden coach lamps.
Naked cakes and semi-naked cakes are always exciting to create. We LOVE lots of elements in nature so it’s great for us to work with fresh florals, quirky herbs, and tempting fruits. This cake was definitely no exception! Who wouldn’t love an English countryside semi-naked wedding cake?
Our main requests for this cake from the couple involved lots of country garden florals and that it wasn’t too contemporary in look. We sketched out rough ideas of placement before we kept going back to one that featured flowers and berries loaded onto two alternate tiers. We thought the fullness would mimic country gardens closely filled with herb pots and rose bushes.
English countryside semi-naked wedding cake!
The more heavier floral arrangements were first planned or ‘mapped’ out on alternate tiers. We began with the very top tier so that the cake instantly had extra height. One trick is to position the rose slightly upwards so it shows off the rose at a really pretty angle. It also gives the illusion of the large bloom roses being a little taller too. Then any draping florals or foliage get added. In this case it was the white freesias that hang elegantly along the tiers. Finally, we filled it in with small flowers, herbs and some fruits.
The whole point of a naked or semi-naked cake is rustic wilderness. With that in mind we still like to have a little ‘form’ to our designs. Even more laid-back or random versions take a fair bit of planning. We’re often walking back and forth asking each other if a cluster of fruit makes it look off balance or if a rose perched on top looks odd. Taking snaps on our iPads helps too. If you’re not sure taking a picture distances yourself from it a little.