It is a very exciting moment when a cake enquiry comes through for an actual living legend! This is what happened a few months ago, when John from Eatopia emailed me to request a cake for none other than Paul Weller, the legendary British singer-songwriter from The Jam and The Style Council, plus with three decades of solo hits under his belt.
For the cake design, I had fairly free reign, so long as it had a real Mod feel about it and was a positive celebration of Paul Weller…and served at least 80 people. I decided to trim the edge of the base tier with the covers of every solo album that he has released to date, allowing small gaps here and there for larger decorations that represent some of his solo singles. For the cake topper, I created a sugar Paul Weller sitting on a sofa inspired by Michael Corleone from The Godfather as a nod to Paul Weller’s reference as The Modfather. Next to him is his favourite and most renowned guitar, the Rickenbacker 330.
Each tier is trimmed with vintage Union jack ribbon for a classic mod look. I included the classic Mod target symbol and a very The Jam-inspired spray painted graffiti slogan “Icon of a generation” on a slightly wall-textured background. I generally got my airbrush out for a lot of the cake as I wanted to create quite a dark, vintage look, nothing too bright or loud.
I decided to pick out key solo singles that would be easily recognisable with bold shapes and objects so I chose: Wild Wood; Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea; Peacock Suit, Pink on White Walls; and Wishing on a Star.
I unfortunately didn’t get to deliver the cake in person as it was to be presented to Mr Weller at his gig just outside London; that privilege went to John and his team from Eatopia. A shame, but hey, I really enjoyed tackling quite a difficult brief to visualise and put together, and I hope everyone enjoyed eating the result!
Until next time,