I don’t think I mentioned it (did I?), but I’m now an official contributor to Half Baked: The Cake Blog. I’m sure you’re familiar with it, but it’s a blog dedicated to all things cake. Carrie, the editor, features general submissions and has several contributors who share everything from recipes to tutorials to cake designs. On a monthly basis, I’ll be designing a new cake inspired by current trends. The trends can come from anywhere, from home decor to textiles to fashion to art, stationery, or floral design.
You can follow along (and try to guess the design direction of my next cake) on my Design Trends Pinterest board, where I’ll be pinning things that catch my eye and then incorporating them into a cohesive cake design.
For my most recent Design Trends cake, I wanted to create something all edible that was inspired by non-edible elements. When it comes to using non-edible elements on a cake, I’m somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between those who insist that everything be edible and those who believe a few wooden 2x4s and some rice crispy treats qualify as a cake. Lately, I’ve been in love with the paper flowers that seem to be everywhere, and I’ve even designed a few cakes featuring tissue paper flowers. But for this cake, I wanted to create an all-edible version of paper flowers–something cute and fun yet trendy and current.
For the color palette, I was inspired by the deeper, darker tones, especially the greens and burgundy, that are so typical of Anna Bond of Rifle Paper’s work.
I loved that these paper punch flowers found on Damask Love were fun and whimsy, with no suggestion of BC (botanical correctness, to coin a phrase).
I did this sketch at home, and my five-year old daughter decided to “help” me by placing it (i.e., shoving it) in my purse for me to bring to the shop. You can kind of see the wrinkles on the right side of the page. Luckily my scanner is really crappy and didn’t pick it up all that well.
The “chalkboard” was done in black fondant, and the “chalk” was painted on with white petal dust liquified with vodka.
I didn’t have any scallop-edged cutters that would work, so I used my kids’ scalloped craft scissors on fondant rounds.