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real wedding cakes: bespoke patterns

Good morning everyone and welcome to the final week of June! It would be nice if it were sunnier now but I have high hopes for July being absolutely scorching 🙂

This year, I have found myself making quite a few bespoke patterns for couples. This involves a lot of measuring and layering, and often lots of hand-cut pieces to create completely unique and personal designs. I love the look of repeating patterns on cakes and so I thought I would share some with you. These are actually some of my favourite cakes from my entire portfolio, and the couples were some of the absolute loveliest that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting as well!

Geometric Lace Wedding Cake

Grace and Andy were holding their reception at Rookery Hall and wanted a simple yet striking cake to hold its own in the centre of the room. They liked the look of white on ivory detailing but didn’t want an ivory cake so we alternated the icing colour to give a white middle tier and yet really allow the pattern to pop. The design was inspired by a cake from The Cake Parlour, but we changed the size and style of the geometric circles of lace to tie in with the couple’s candle centrepieces. I just love the time and effort that they had spent on all of the details for their reception. I don’t think I have seen a more beautifully decorated cake table, from the heart shaped mirrored pieces to the “LOVE” and ceramic hearts, it all looked absolutely stunning and really brought the display to life!

I didn’t want the cake to look too plain or unfinished so I carefully repeated the same pattern on the top of the top tier, finishing it with a central flower and hand-piped pearl pattern.

Grace and Andy also wanted some extra treats for guests so I created these cake pops. The white chocolate really mirrored the ivory in the cake so they really were miniature versions of the main cake!

Modern Lace Wedding Cake

This next cake was an incredibly tall one! Sonya and Liam were holding their reception at Arley Hall, which has beautiful original features such as floor to ceiling fireplaces, oak paneling and family portraits going back centuries. The couple wanted a cake that would hold its own against the powerful backdrop.

The couple really liked the idea of having alternating double height and single height tiers, and using the extra space created on the extra tall tiers to really show off a lace pattern. Sonya’s corset on her wedding dress had a beautiful, modern and very textured lace pattern, resembling almost deconstructed roses, so we decided to use this as inspiration for the cake design. It was all done in secret of course, the groom had no idea what it would all look like on the day!

                 

The lace pattern was created by hand-cutting individual shapes from icing (I actually drew them by eye, with images of the dress next to me as I did so, to inspire me). Each piece was then attached to the cake, over-piped with royal icing and then the centre of each piece filled with hand-piped pearls. The couple then provided a little bouquet of blush pink roses for the top, which looked absolutely stunning and added a little splash of delicate colour to the cake.

Blue Squares

I first met Jane and Tim last Autumn at a wedding fair in Lancashire. Their initial brief was a simple cake, four tiers, dark blue ribbon, but they weren’t totally sure of exactly what they wanted. When I met them for their consultation, I thought I would take the risk of suggesting a design that was a little out there, a little different, but based on their original ideas. I did half expect Jane and Tim to say a very definite thanks but no thanks…but they didn’t! In fact, they leapt on my idea with real enthusiasm and we grew it into one of my favourite cake designs that I’ve ever created!

We took the initial four square tiers and created a double height central tier, which we then used as a lovely large canvas for a strong geometric pattern. Tim is an architect so really liked the idea of the cake being structural.Therefore, I looked up a selection of geometric patterns that the couple might like, and they chose their favourite, which was this square lattice with rounded corners.

To tie the cake into the rest of the beautiful wedding at Bartle Hall, I colour matched the ribbon and geometric squares to the couple’s colour scheme. We also wanted the cake to have a subtle romantic edge so I added some white ruffled sugar roses, just to soften those angles slightly.

                 

                 

As you can see, the couple also had a fun side so we designed this custom bride and groom topper, featuring Jane in a replica of her wedding dress and sporting a Preston North End scarf, and Tim in his wedding finery after a successful fishing trip. I had a huge amount of fun creating these!

I hope you enjoyed looking through my latest bespoke creations. All of these cakes and more can be found in the wedding cakes section of my website. Until next time!

Beth x

30/06/2012 - 2:32 pm

Brooke - Gorgeous, Beth! Every cake so unique and stunning. Thanks so much for sharing!

02/07/2012 - 11:10 pm

cakesbybeth - Thanks so much, Brooke! Lovely comments as always 😀 xx

23/07/2012 - 10:39 am

Barn Weddings - Love it, the designs were really cute. White cakes, I want for my wedding someday. Thanks for sharing this to us, it gives us more ideas.