I love using invitations for cake design inspiration. Before making the cake, I always create a sketch that I present to the client for his or her approval. While the sketches are time consuming, for me, they’re important for two reasons: First, the sketch ensures that the client knows exactly what to expect, clears up any design miscommunications, and confirms that I understand clearly my client’s vision. Second, the sketches help me as the artist to more fully flesh out the design concept and anticipate any design pitfalls before working on the actual cake.
Below are two recent cake designs based on the invitation. The first was for a Victorian-era enchanted garden-themed wedding:
The second cake was for a Lilly Pulitzer-themed bridal shower.
Believe it or not, I did this cake just for fun. Just for me. A bride in Philadelphia commissioned me to make some sugar succulents for her wedding cake, and I wanted to photograph them before shipping them to her. I thought I’d change things up a bit, veering away from an all-succulent bouquet, and took my inspiration from the images below.
I love the juxtoposition of the green succulents against the brightly colored poppies in the bouquet below below by JL Designs (Photos: Stephanie Williams).
What can I say? I’m just a sucker for bright colors. By Farouche Shop.
I love this one. I tried to so hard find the source, but all I could determine was that it was seen on Style Me Pretty.
I took some artistic liberties, added some raspberries just for the heck of it, and asked Brooke to take photographs. Here’s what I came up with. Enjoy!
I think I’m going through another design style transition. While I still can’t seem to do a white-on-white cake, I now find myself more attracted to muted color palettes than the bold and bright colors I used to be inspired by.
While these two cakes couldn’t be any more different from each other, they’re both definitely very different from my earlier work. The first is sleek and blingy with different shades of gold and a brooch hand-crafted by my wonderful intern-turned-assistant Callan. (Check back in a week or so for a post all about her.) The second is soft and vintage with an antiqued sugar dahlia. Although I don’t necessarily feel either one represents me as an artist, I definitely like–but not necessarily love–them both.
Brooke Allison took all the photographs. You know those skinny mirrors that make you look thinner than you do in real life? That’s Brooke. Her photographs make my cakes look better than they do in real life, and I love her work.