Sweet Inspiration: 5 Cake Design Ideas for Advanced Designers

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Cake Decorating |


When it comes to cake decorating even the best designers and decorators can find themselves stumped. When this happens the only thing to be done is to pick up that tablet, laptop or magazine and research, research, research! Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places — even looking at a design project from a different angle can spur a new idea!

To help inspire your creativity, here’s a run down on fabulous cake design ideas for advanced designers…

Bright ranunculus wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Photo via Juniper Cakery

Gold and purple ranunculus wedding cake

When stuck on a design project why not first try playing with color! The above ranunculus wedding cake incorporates two typical autumn/winter colors, gold and purple, that have been cleverly paired with hues popular in 1950s interior design! We love how the fuchsia pinks, mustards and dusky light blues play against each other.

Gold confetti cake by Craftsy member ModernLovers

Photo via Craftsy member ModernLovers

Gold confetti cake

Experimenting with simple techniques to create otherwise elaborate textures and looks is great way to liven up a project and even your whole portfolio. We adore how this gorgeous two-tier cake glistens with luxury just by utilizing such a simple and fun method!

To find out how to create a stunning cake shimmering with gold confetti sequins enroll in Erin Gardner’s class Cakes in Full Bloom!

Photo via Craftsy member Alex Narramore

Photo via Craftsy member Alex Narramore

Pink floral spray cake

Just because a cake is small doesn’t mean that it can’t a show-stopper! We love how this white ruffles cake takes the limelight with a gorgeously elaborate peony blossom spray. When your creativity can be found waning, why not try playing with scale too. Don’t be afraid to try a slightly larger or bolder sugar flower than usual for an otherwise unassuming cake.

Discover how to create stunning sugar flowers with Nicholas Lodge’s Classic Sugar Flowers: Peony, Anemone, Tulip class!

Photo via Craftsy member Caron Philbert

Valentine cupid cake

Royal icing isn’t just for piping delicate swags along cake tiers. Why not play on the classically decadent Lambeth Method to create fantastic boarders or frames and then add extra opulence by hand-painting them gold! We love how member Caron Philbert has trimmed this blush pink cake with glistening gold accents for a truly luxurious look.

Enroll in Wendy Kromer’s Learning the Lambeth Method class to learn some awe-inspiring techniques and ideas.

Photo via Craftsy member Jasmine Griffin

Magnolia and lace cake

Craftsy member Jasmine Griffin uses delicate lace work on this lovely magnolia adorned creation but brings in some color and interest by hand-painting sections of the lace. What makes cake decorating such an exciting industry and medium is the amount of fantastic techniques and ideas that can be born! Working with lace doesn’t have to mean leaving it white or ivory; why not guild filigree textures with gold leaf or perhaps pick out a pattern to hand paint or add pearl detail to.

We’ve absolutely adored looking at different inspiring techniques than can be used for cake design ideas for advanced designers. We hope you’ve found yourself excited to begin you next project, or that you’re creative juices have began to flow for whatever fabulous design you plan next!

What advanced technique are you itching to try yourself?