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An Insight Into The Cake Design Process

May 22, 2012

While some brides come to us with a clear idea of the wedding cake they’d like, many don’t.  In this case, we will draw on details from their Big Day to create a cake which complements it beautifully.

Weddings are always an honest reflection of the couple getting married, so we start by getting to know them and their Big Day by asking questions such as:

-        What colour are your bridesmaids dresses? What style are they?  What fabric are they made from? Are there any unique details on them such as beading or embroidery?

-        Out of earshot of the groom, we ask for similar details of the brides’ dress

-        What flowers are you having?  What colours will they be?

-        Where is your wedding reception being held? What type of venue is it?

-        What time of year are you getting married?

-        How many guests are you having to your wedding?

-        Do any guests have dietary requirements?

-        Will your wedding cake be served as dessert?

We then compile a mood board of all the details and sketch a design of the proposed cake.  This gives the couple a clear indication of what their finished cake will look like, to ensure there are no surprises on the day.  We’ll then discuss the sketch with the bride and groom where they have the opportunity to make any tweaks as necessary, before they sign it off.

While we are not able to share the full moodboard with you, we can bring you some of the images we included in it for a wonderful wedding we did one summer.  It was being held in a converted barn in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, and had the most incredible views.

Low grey clouds over a sea of yellow make for a dramatic view

Low grey clouds over a sea of yellow make for a dramatic view. Image by Tempting Cake

The barn had tremendous character with high beamed ceilings and exposed stone work, and had been lovingly restored in a neutral style.

Floral decorations in cream and green set against the stone and wood  barn interior. Image by Tempting Cake

Floral decorations in cream and green set against the stone and wood barn interior. Image by Tempting Cake

The bride and groom wanted cupcakes, which we could afford to display on a high tier cupcake tower, for maximum impact.  The bridesmaid’s dresses were navy and white roses featured heavily in their bouquets, so both of these elements were incorporated into the final cupcake designs.

Green cream rose bud against an elegant navy suit

Green cream rose bud against an elegant navy suit. Image by Tempting Cake

The bride’s stunning wedding gown had delicate beading detail on the straps and down the sides of the bodice, so we used silver cupcake cases and incorporated some pearlescent royal iced detail to contrast against the navy icing.

Navy and cream cupcake tower by Tempting Cake. Image by Bullit Photography

Navy and cream cupcake tower by Tempting Cake. Image by Bullit Photography

To balance the navy cupcakes and to provide flavour variation we also introduced vanilla buttercream iced cupcakes, simply decorated with a navy rose and a green leaf.  The bride and groom also wanted a cake to cut, which sat atop the 9 tier tower.  This was iced very simply and elegantly in white, and finished with a navy satin ribbon, diamond brooch and hand-made rose.

Navy and cream cupcake tower with top tier by Tempting Cake. Image by Bullit Photography

Navy and cream cupcake tower with top tier by Tempting Cake. Image by Bullit Photography

If you’d like to know more about the cake design process, why not drop us a line?

TC x

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