Describe the cake, details and techniques:
This 4-tier cake combined the wedding colors of white, blue and silver. The bottom tier featured a spiral rose ruffle. To create this technique, I added a small amount of CMC into the fondant. I’m fortunate that we have a Somerset sheeter in the bakery; so the rolling out of hundreds of strips is a lot easier. The fondant color was achieved by mixing blue fondant with some purple and a touch of black to tone it down. Above the rose ruffle tier, was the hand piped all over rose pattern using a mixture of piping gel with edible silver pearl and glitter. The top two tiers were adorned with floral molds, dragees and the Marina Swanky Brooch mold form Marvelous Molds. And lastly the cake board. I always like to decorate my boards...I call it more “design real estate”. The couple wanted more bling...so I added sparkly rock sugar to the board.
What is the inspiration for this winning cake?
After the couple’s initial cake consultation, I’ll create an inspiration board. It features their color palette, venue, decor, linen and florals. But most of all...their “Must Have” details. Several sketches later...this winning wedding cake design was born.
How much time did you spend creating this cake?
All the sugar flowers with leaves and fillers are done ahead of time...even months ahead. I will cover with fondant and stack the cake in one day. All the moulded pieces can be done this day as well and stored. The second day, it’s what I refer to, “Make it Happen” day. All the details must be completed. I’ll usually start with the bottom tier decorations and work my way up the tiers to the top. Photos are then taken in our photo shoot area in the bakery, before delivery to the venue.
What do you do while you work?
While I’m creating sugar flowers, (FYI...I always use Satin Ice Gum paste. It’s so convenient and consistent...no messy gel colors to deal with), and I’ll watch Netflix. But, when I’m working on the cake...audio is the way to go. I found a great online site (archive.org). It’s a vast collection of audio books, podcasts, radio and even movies. My favorite on this site is the “Old Time Radio” section of classics from all genres from the 1940s -1950s. It’s so much fun to listen to.
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