Ever wondered the about the process of designing and making a truly bespoke cake? I've recorded some of the steps involved when I was doing just that this week.
I've got to know Carina over the last few years and I was delighted when she asked me to make her wedding cake. Her amazing Yolan Cris wedding gown was taking centre stage and I was inspired by all the different aspects of it.
Carina had just the right mix of knowing what she wanted and giving me a bit of artistic licence. Despite being all the same colour (a really rich cream) the dress was loaded with texture and detail so at our consultation we came up with a cake which had two tiers covered in a 'checkerboard' pattern to match her dress overlay, leaves replicating those on her dress and a ruffle flower to top it off.
I began the process a week in advance by making the leaves and the ruffle flower. Carina was able to provide me with some spare leaves to work from and I called out to the dressmakers to see the dress and take close-up photos.
Once baked and iced it was time to start the process of decoration.
I planned a pattern for my 'checkerboard' design.
Once I had decided the pattern I wanted and dimensions I was happy with I got to work cutting hundreds of small squares of sugarpaste.
Finally I applied the leaves and the ruffle flower. I added a few 'stems' to the leaves so they were more like those on her dress.
A lot of time and effort goes into creating a truly bespoke cake. I hope you'll agree it was worth it!