Royal Weddings do have influence on what brides look for, as Chef Janusz owner of Elegant Bakery can attest. “We have had quite a few brides asking us to combine the rhinestone and crystals with a vintage style design as well as the style of piping that was made on the Royal couple’s recent wedding cake.” He adds, “I am glad that traditional piping is starting to become popular again.” He enjoys this traditional form of cake decorating since it focuses on technique. Rachael Teufel, owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design notes, “Fashion has always been an influence on the food industry, but this year cakes are taking on a more literal translation using fabric patterns like chevron and quatrefoil, fabric textures like ruffles, lace and burlap.”
Kathleen Davia, owner of Gateaux Bakery notes Pinterest, a social media bulletin board, is having a big influence right now. She states, “As far as design, there are a lot of metallics: gold, silver and black. We did a few painted cakes, and definitely did a lot of fondant bands.” Teufel agrees that hand-painting is making a comeback on cakes, “From stained glass effects to more natural designs like birds on a branch.”
Teufel continues to experiment with new techniques. “Because cakes are becoming more fashion inspired, we are using modeling chocolate more than we have in the past. It forms nicely into bows, lace figurines and draped fabric.” Chef Janusz states, “I have been making a lot of three dimensional cakes this year for both occasion cakes and groom’s cakes. I have also been experimenting with the construction and heights of the cake tiers, as well as varying heights between the cake separations for each tier.”
Filling flavors and colors always seem to change with the times, too. Davia relates, “We had a peanut butter mousse or Oreo mousse. Hazelnut praline was popular this year. Three different fillings in cakes is nicer than one or two. Grey and yellow or lavender are gaining popularity.”
But lest you think that traditional is all the rage, consider some of these unusual designs: Chef Janusz has had requests for cakes shaped like people’s pets. “The most unusual wedding cake I made this year was actually in the shape of a dog. It was a huge challenge to match the features of the dog and his proportions. I really enjoyed making this cake for them.” Davia did a Kansas City Jayhawk cake for a fan, and adds that a lot depends on the venue. “At Coors Field, for instance, you can do a lot with unique cakes–five tiers with flowers. We’ve done cakes replicating the bride’s dress. We’re doing a lot of 3-D cakes, we did a Rolls Royce and a taxi cab.” She adds, “The Food Network has encouraged creativity.” Teufel’s most unusual request was to create a chandelier cake. “Now we’ve made chandelier cakes in the past, so that may not seem so strange, but this one had to hang! The six-tier hanging chandelier cake, complete with LED lights and dangling crystals was suspended on an iron stand made for our cake. The guests were shocked to see them actually cut a piece!”
Whether traditional, 3-D, dog, owl or bridal dress, let your imagination be your guide, and count on a great designer to help you achieve what you want.
Joy Lawrance is a freelance writer in Golden. She is a frequent contributor to Colorado Expression, Architecture and Design of the West, and Confetti magazines, as well as many other national publications.
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