Here are a few things you should know about me:
1. I’m a much better cake artist than I am in any other medium (as you will see below).
2. I am not, nor have I ever been, a girly girl. In third grade, I wore my faded Lee jeans with the holes in the knees on school picture day while all the other girls wore their frilly pink dresses. In fifth grade, when my friends and I played The Facts of Life, Kim was always Blair and I was always Joe. I owned more power tools as a single, apartment-dwelling woman than most home-owning men.
That said, I do like to push myself creatively, so when Brides Magazine asked me to design a cake that fit into one of three themes–glamorous, romantic, or modern–I chose romantic. Yikes. My cakes naturally lean toward modern, but I had really been wanting to challenge myself, and knew that a romantic-style cake would do the trick.
Callan (my wonderful assistant) is very much a girly girl and a hopeless romantic, so she had quite a few ideas. I, of course, had none. I looked around (on Pinterest, obviously) and found some inspiration. I collaborated with Callan and submitted three sketches coupled with visual inspiration (none of which is properly credited! That’s terrible! Shame on me!)
Concept One: White-on-white. Fluffy white peonies, a romantic monogram in the center, and floral swags. Concept one was rejected.
Concept 2: Mercury glass with blush roses. Have you ever tried to draw mercury glass? It’s impossible, I tell you! Not possible! The inspiration for this cake was beautiful, but the sketch…not so much. I wasn’t surprised the editors didn’t select it.
Concept 3: Doilies, blush tones, hints of seafoam. Even the sketch was cute! They liked best, I liked it best, and in the end, it was the most romantic cake I’ve ever made.Read More