This was an original design based on bride
Category: Cake Decorating
Type of item: Food
Style: Romantic, Formal / Bridal, Goth
Gumpaste flowers top a five tier bridal cake - three tiers extended hexigon cake, top two tiers were styrofoam dummies covered in fondant. Base is imprinted fondant embellished with royal icing, sugar pearls, and painted with vodka mixed with pearl luster dust. This topper includes a dozen sugar roses, five blue hydrangia clusters, five lime green hydrangia clusters, about a dozen white winter berry clusters, and a variety of leaves to provide fill. The roses are scented with rose oil so that it was nearly impossible to tell them from the real thing. When you walked past the displayed cake, a gentle rose scent wafted from the cake. The bride and her family were estatic! The brooch on the cake was a chocolate reproduction of the bride's great grandmother's brooch that graced the bridal bouquet. I cast the original with food grade silicone putty and then painted it in gold and silver luster to recreate the original's pantina. Pearl buttons and flowers were replicas of the bride's dress details. I took a hands on sugar flower course with Nicola Lodge in Dallas over a year ago. It was the single best class I have ever taken in terms of technique, instruction, and practical application to my cake business. I am delighted that he is offering a class on Craftsy and purchased it immediately to learn some new flowers that I have been wanting to do. I am sure I will learn even more by watching this course and can't wait to get started!
What was your inspiration?
The design of this cake came from the details of he bride's dress, setting, her artistic preferences, and the choice of flowers for her wedding.
It was a labor of love. This was for my friend's daughter who was adopted from Russia. We almost adopted this girl ourselves. It meant a lot to be able to put my skills to use for her special wedding day.
What are you most proud of?
The cake was the centerpiece of the reception area. Everyone was amazed at the lifelike look of the flowers and how perfectly they matched the bridal flowers. I could not have done this had I not studied under Nicolas Lodge.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Practice, practice, practice! Make them ahead and give yourself plenty of time so that it is an enjoyable experience and not an excercise in stress. Reference good, clear photographs of real flowers and analyze the complex colorations in the blooms. Treat yourself to some real flowers to enjoy while making your sugar flowers. You will be surprised how much this helps to construct and color the details of your flowers so they look real. Enjoy yourself!