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Getting Personal! Helen Mansey’s Trend Report on Personalised Wedding Cakes

Who doesn’t get a thrill from seeing their name in print? Personalisation is a huge trend at the moment, with names showing up on everything from T-shirts to chopping boards. It’s no surprise brides and grooms are increasingly opting for personalised wedding cakes, too.

Personalized Wedding Cake Collage

Monograms have always been a subtle way of personalising a cake, but now couples are getting bolder, having their full names written on the cake.

I have put together a collection of these customised wedding cakes by some leading cake designers from across the world to inspire you. The designs are quite varied and the designers have used a range of different techniques to create their designs.

Piping

One way to personalise a cake is to pipe the lettering with royal icing, buttercream or chocolate ganache.

Wedding Cake with Black Piping

Photo via Bellissimo Cakes

I piped the lettering on the cake above that I created for my book Bellissimo Wedding Cakes. Using royal icing, I first piped the design in white and then over-piped it in black.

Torta couture cake image

Photo via Torta Couture Cakes

To create the lettering on this exquisite cake, Torta Couture Cakes from the U.K. has piped the names then painted the letters gold.

Wordsearch Wedding Cake

Photo via Whipped Bakeshop

Whipped Bakeshop based in Philadelphia created this innovative wordsearch cake for Philadelphia Magazine by embossing letters onto the cake then piping over the couple’s name. They’ve also highlighted other romantic words. Another way to recreate this design would be to stamp out the letters and attach them to the cake with edible glue.

Banner designs

The next two cakes are very different but both use a banner with the couple’s name in the design.

Babys Breath Banner Cake

Photo via Curtis & Co. Cakes

Jennie Brooks from Curtis & Co. Cakes in the U.K. used the wedding invitations as inspiration to create this stunning design.

Sweet disposition tattoo cake

Photo via Sweet Disposition Cakes

Drawing on her graphic design background, Lisa Grech-Staehr from Sweet Disposition Cakes in Australia was inspired by retro tattoos when she created this striking design. To best recreate the delicate writing achieved in both these designs, you could use an edible pen.

Bold brush strokes

Brush stroke style calligraphy is very popular on wedding stationary at the moment, and this can translate onto the cake.

Wedding Cake That Matches Invitations

Photo via Sweet Ruby Cakes

Trina Thomson from Sweet Ruby Cakes in Australia used the stationery as inspiration to create this beautiful cake. Bold brush strokes are framed by a floral wreath.

Pink and Gold Calligraphy Cake

Photo via S’more Sweets

Lindsey Stone from S’more Sweets in California used sweeping brush strokes to create this fabulous design for her own wedding. The lettering on this cake shouts from the roof tops “this is our wedding cake!”

Chalkboard cakes

The chalkboard cake phenomenon, started by Elizabeth Marek from the Artisan Cake Company, took the cake world by storm and is perfect for personalised designs.

Chalkboard Personalized Wedding Cake

Photo via Cut Me Off A Slice

Rachel Eastley and Lisa Crocker from Cut Me Off A Slice in the U.K. used the wedding stationery to inspire this wonderfully stylish and elegant personalised chalkboard design.

I hope this has inspired you! For more tips on how to pipe lettering, join mine in my Craftsy class, Elegant Techniques for Flawless Cakes. Another great classes with tips on lettering is Nicholas Lodge’s Custom Lettering & Monograms, and Erin Schaefgen’s free mini class The Hand Painted Cake can give you a primer on painting cakes.

Meet Craftsy instructor Helen Mansey!

helen manseyHelen Mansey’s background in fashion design and cookery were the keys to fueling the conception of her successful wedding cake business, Bellissimo Cakes. She is a regular contributor to Wedding Cakes, Cakes & Sugarcraft and Bake School magazines, and she served as a contributing author to The Gourmand Best UK Cookbook for Professionals 2014. Helen also teaches at Squires Kitchen International School in Surrey.

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