One of the greatest joys I have ever had was when a bride brought me something to use as inspiration to custom design her wedding cake. 😀 Even though I no longer create sugar art, I am still inspired to design. Such was my mood today as I was viewing the gowns from this weekend’s couture wedding market in New York. Grabbing paper and pen, the sketches flowed as naturally as ever.
So in the hope that you will find inspiration here is the first in a series of inspired cake designs.
This gown from Claire Pettibone inspired this sketch for an all white, very textural cake. The lace of the gown would be recreated in royal icing on fondant using a technique called brush embroidery. Once the royal icing work was done, I would go in and add minute touches of silver leaf and iridescent power, maybe even some edible glitter to the raised art to give it the same feeling of glitz and crystals as in the gown.
The overall shape of the cake is tall and narrow, as is the gown. I made the bottom tier a bit wider to echo the slight flair as the gown grazes the floor. The tiers are 4” tall and in diameter are 4, 6, 8, 10 and 14. By the calculation I used to use for my cakes, it would serve 300 but your mileage may vary.
Gown photo courtesy of The Brides Guide