I’m a sucker for bright colors. Seriously, I wanted to wear a hot pink wedding dress, but my husband objected. I would paint the sky purple if I could. And when I was searching through my old photos for this post, I came across these two (pre-Pinterest!) images I had saved for future photoshoot inspiration, because this inspires me:
Here are a few of the fiesta-inspired cakes we’ve done over the years.
This cake, from just last weekend, featured hand-cut papel picado, fondant peppers, and our interpretation of a cactus.
I made the cake below for my aunt’s 50th birthday during my edible bunting phase. The papel picado on top was hand cut out of fondant. I loved the hand-sculpted fondant chili peppers at the time, but I think Callan’s pepper interpretation (in the first cake above) is a much improved version.
Closeup of the papel.
I absolutely love this cake, despite its muted colors. I designed it for this photo shoot, a Cinco de Mayo wedding-theme that featured dusty pastels instead of the traditional bright colors. With hand-cut papel picado (this time in ivory) and fondant succulents, for me this cake is a beautiful marriage between traditional Mexican design and southern California design aesthetic. (Photos: This Modern Romance)
I hope these cakes are as much fun for you to look at as they were to make. ¡Fiesta!
Last May, Bride’s Magazine asked me to design a cake for an article inspired by a Mediterranean-style real wedding with lots of herbs, lavender, and shades of purple, based on this inspiration. (Photos: Gia Canali)
I immediately sat down to create a sketch to submit to the Bride’s team. (I should mention that I was in the thick of my Summer-of-2012-Berry-Phase, so I felt compelled to include some blackberries. I also did this raspberry cake and a blueberry cake–which hasn’t yet been published–last summer.) I always like to do a sketch when I work on a magazine shoot to ensure that I’m on the same page as the art/creative director(s). Here’s what I came up with:
I didn’t know that the cake was for their “Get the Look” column, which features products similar to those used in real weddings. Bride’s felt that my design was actually too similar to the original cake, and asked me to make it more modern and streamlined. (I do plan to execute my original design at some point. Perhaps I’ll go through another berry phase in the Summer of 2013.) I came up with a traditional-meets-modern concept: a spin on appliqued flowers, extending them off the cake and incorporating some 3-D elements and the shading seen on traditional sugar flowers.
Yet another photo shoot I got roped into by Megan Gray (Honey and Poppies). She’s got a knack for suckering me into these things by inventing some oxymoronic yet catchy title that has just the right balance of pretension and kitsch to really intrigue me. (Seriously, just the other day she emailed me about a Depression-era chic-themed shoot. Really? Depression-era chic?) In short, she’s quite crafty.
I think this one was called “Psychedelic Glam”, or something like that. Anyway, the pictures are quite lovely. (You can see some additional shots on Green Wedding Shoes.) I know everyone likes to see the inspiration and how I interpret it into cake, so I included it here too. (I never know where the photos for the inspiration boards come from though so I never give credit. That’s pretty bad, huh?) Enjoy.
The shoot was at the very dusty yet interesting Star Ranchin Southern California.
And a few shots of the cake before the wind blew it over (it was a faux cake) and knocked all the decorations off. (Luckily I had gone home by this time and didn’t have to witness the casualty.)