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.
Somewhere around the late ’80s, I swore off gold. No more gold earrings, gold bracelets, or gold necklaces for me. I also renounced pastels. Pinks and lavenders, mint and seafoam green, and especially mauve and peach were now officially anathema to me.
Then, almost overnight, I love gold and pastels again. I’m not sure when it happened or how, but I took a look at my cakespiration pinboard, and the majority of my pins were pastels and gold. Check these out and you’ll see what I mean.
And then it’s full speed ahead, with a new pair of gold earrings, a pastel duvet cover, and this cake with a gold chevron and pastel sugar flowers inspired by my Pinterest boards.
Special thanks to Brooke Allison for the photos. Damn, she’s good.