You’ve found the perfect dress, designed the invites and chosen your flowers. Now your sights are set on deciding upon your wedding cake, but what design to go for and how will it fit with your plans? Trudy, who runs JellyCake, tells us more…
This is where your cake designer comes in, and believe me, a bride who comes along to a cake consultation with a folder, iPad and a Pinterest board has me clapping with delight. I have my own style – for me, it’s vintage, country garden, elegant, lots of sugar roses and flowers, lace and a pretty pastel colour scheme – and those feature heavily whilst designing my new display cakes. However, a bride who comes with her wedding ideas and asks me to create a cake to coordinate certainly gets the creative juices flowing.
There are so many ways to really make the cake a part of the wedding, whether subtly or as a stand out focal point. Taking the detail from the wedding dress and replicating it on the cake is an elegant and pretty way of incorporating details, whether it is lace panels, or the look of the whole dress.
I found this gorgeous vintage lace wedding dress on Pinterest and couldn’t help but recreate it in cake, from the scalloped lace bottom, to the lacy skirt and the corsage flower at the waist, a pretty transition from dress to cake. Recreating the flowers from the bouquet and arrangements is probably my most favourite element. I love making sugar flowers and having a list of the most gorgeous flowers to replicate in sugar is sometimes a challenge but always so much fun. From just a single statement bloom, through to a floral cascade, seeing the cake surrounded by all of the flowers and details on the day is always a highlight.
Every now and then there is a challenge that takes me completely out of the vintage, pretty floral, pastel box and throws me a complete curve ball. Whether it’s the bride with the Caribbean heritage, with a bold orange and red colour scheme that she would like reflected in her cake, or the Primary School teacher whose favourite book is ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and would like the cake to tell the story!
Don’t forget about your cake flavour; it’s funny how the Groom always seems to be available for the cake consultation! Will you be serving it as dessert, with coffee or on the evening buffet? Fruit cake is definitely taking a back seat to some of the more unusual flavours like apple and cinnamon, sticky toffee and tangy lemon drizzle.
Don’t leave booking your cake until the final few months – many designers have their diaries open at least a year in advance.
A big thank you to Trudy Mitchell, the designer behind all of the beautiful cakes you can see here. JellyCake is based in Wiltshire, and all of their wedding cakes are designed and made in their home kitchen, using the finest ingredients, ensuring they taste as amazing as they look. Whether classic, vintage or contemporary, each cake is individually designed to compliment your wedding style and theme to ensure a truly personalised wedding cake. Pop over to the JellyCake website, Facebook or Twitter to see many more amazing cake creations!