Hello my lovelies! How goes it? Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been working away in my studio getting some orders out for my range of cushions and bunting. One of the many hats I wear is a textile designer-maker.Also, I’ve been tinkering away at the blog/website; I feel like Sam in the first Transformers movie when he’s telling Michaela that he’s made some new additions to the car, like the disco ball, and the light, which reflects off the disco ball…..Do y’all like the new profile picture? I caught that bouquet at a friend’s wedding last year and left complete carnage in my wake on the dance floor inflicting all kinds of injuries! I caught it though…just look at that confident, smug look on my face. I’m now on Pinterest too. Yes! I finally took the plunge, you can follow me here if you like. Be patient with me though, I’m new to all this pinning malarkey!
It’s my birthday today so cake is on my mind, and I’ve noticed that the art of traditional wedding cake decoration seems to be going through a change. The era of wedding cakes being draped in icing and various decorations seems to be coming to an end and in it’s place, I can see three very different styles becoming more and more popular. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love the more traditional style of cake, especially with a modern twist to it such as this chevron cake or miniature bird cages, but I’m kind of liking this new on-trend deconstructed decoration. Here’s a fun fact, did you know that traditionally the top tier, made from alcohol infused fruit cake, was supposed to be saved and used as the christening cake of the first baby after the wedding, or the first anniversary?
The first style which is becoming more and more popular with brides is the rustic or “naked” wedding cake. Personally, I find icing a little too sweet and often leave it behind on my slice of cake so I’m a big fan of this style; it’s less work, less fuss, and less leftovers, and it always feels like such a shame to cut through and destroy the beautiful work that has gone into the traditionally decorated iced cakes! I like the unassuming, understated look of these “naked” cakes, and to be really honest, I’m all about the sponge and the cream anyway. In fact, I’d like some cake with my cream rather than cream with my cake! I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter I craved fresh cream sponge cakes. Yes, I craved it, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I remember being stuck in traffic and deciding to tuck into a fresh cream cake I had bought earlier that day. I had no cutlery or plate so I just picked up what was left (almost half!!) and started to tuck in! It took a few looks of shock, horror and bewilderment from passing drivers to realise that they were unable to see that I was heavily pregnant, thus the reason I was in my car eating a massive slice of cake with my hands. I then started frantically pointing to my bump and made that arc shape people do to portray pregnancy but I doubt anyone believed me, so I concentrated on getting as much cake in my mouth as possible instead.
The second style of cake which is still evolving and very different to the naked cakes above, is the calligraphy cake. Some of these cakes have calligraphy and bunting cake toppers, and others are combining calligraphy with painting. I can’t decide which I love more, so why not do all three like the cakes above! I love that the looks can be so versatile; the bunting is great for festival style weddings or just something a little more light-hearted and cute, the stencils are very simple and elegant and somewhat matter-of-fact in my opinion, like “yes, we are now married, our names are in glitter, atop a cake, it must be official!”. Then there’s the painterly calligraphy drawn directly onto the cake icing which is so effortlessly decadent and luxurious. Defining calligraphy is like determining how long a piece of string is…once you look at the various font designers and calligraphy artists, you see the huge variety of styles that can be achieved, but what a nice personal touch it would be if you could stylize you and your partner’s own handwriting onto your own wedding cake. Two of my favourite calligraphers are Gemma Milly who is based in the UK and Floralovely Calligraphy based in Australia, I’ve tagged their websites but you should definitely check out their Instagram profiles too.
The third style which is knocking the sugar paste out the park, and very similar to the style above, is the painted cake. There is a huge variety of styles out there, essentially the cake is just the canvas, and as with any painting, there are many styles to choose from. Some of them are a little too kitsch-looking for my personal taste, but another thing I am loving right now is gold-dipped “stuff.” So this painted cake with gold-dipped feathers is right up my street! If you are struggling to find an inventive way to get your kids involved in your wedding, then why not let them paint your cake?! Think Angelina Jolie’s veil but on a cake, how much cuter, and tastier would that be?! Mind you, not exactly a keepsake…
So there we have it, three styles of wedding cakes to watch out for in 2015, keep in mind it’s what is on the inside that counts, so make sure plenty of tasting is done, I say! My favourite is carrot cake, red velvet and toffee.
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Right now, I’m off to “supervise” the kids making a birthday cake for me, wish me luck! x