We’re serving up a scrumptious slice of wedding inspiration with The Confetti Cakery...
The Confetti Cakery certainly knows a thing or two about wedding cakes, tasty treats and delicious desserts. From the latest wedding trends to cake table styling ideas, read on to find out more...
NATURE, FLOWERS AND ART INSPIRE MY CAKE DESIGNS
How did you start The Confetti Cakery?
One of my close friends was due to emigrate to Australia, and I asked her what kind of leaving present she wanted. She asked if instead of a present I could make her a cake for her leaving party. I hadn’t baked since school, but that didn’t deter me and I embarked on an iced three tiered lemon cake, covered in simple cut out sugar flowers. It was a steep learning curve but I loved it, and so started the cake obsession!
Where do you get your wedding inspiration from?
I find that nature, flowers and art always offer me great ideas for colour, shape and texture. I love a pattern whether it’s free style hand painting, structured geometrics or polka dots. Recently I’ve been inspired by textiles and interiors, and have found lots of creative ways to incorporate them into cake decorating.
THE SIMPLICITY OF SEMI-NAKED WEDDING CAKES MAKE THEM POPULAR
What is your most popular style of wedding cake?
The semi-naked wedding cakes seem to be the most asked for style at the moment, and I think their simplicity is what makes them so popular. They are so easy to dress up, whether it is with doughnuts, metallic drips, macarons or simply with fresh flowers.
How do you recommend that couples go about choosing their wedding cake, design and flavours?
Meeting your wedding cake designer for a consultation is always the best place to start working on a design. Then together you can look at your inspirations, and think about how to create a design that fits in with all the other parts of your wedding. A simple place to start is to think about colour, shape and style. My clients often find deciding on flavours the hardest part; they end up wanting one of everything! My advice is to each pick a flavour and then perhaps pick another that is a guaranteed guest pleaser – you’ve got the best of both worlds then!
STYLING YOUR CAKE TABLE IS SO IMPORTANT
How would you style a wedding dessert or cake table?
When styling the cake table it’s really important to make sure that it fits in with the table decor, flowers, colour palette and overall styling. Often I will get in touch with a couple’s Wedding Stylist to make sure everything blends together. For example, it may be as simple as using a table runner that co-ordinates with the top table, and adding some fresh flowers and votives.
What’s the most extravagant wedding cake you’ve ever created?
I once made a super tall, elegant six tiered wedding cake and it was covered with hundreds of delicate sugar roses and hydrangea petals. The flowers alone took days to make, but it was a real show stopper and worth every moment!
MY DREAM CLIENT WOULD BE KATY PERRY
If you could design and make a wedding cake for anyone, who would it be and why?
My dream client would be Katy Perry, she is so quirky, bright and fun. I imagine she would have something vivid and 100% non-traditional! I’m also a big fan of Elsie Larson, the founder of A Beautiful Mess. Her love of bold colours and textiles would serve as perfect inspiration for an amazing contemporary wedding cake design!
Finally, what are your predicted wedding cake trends for 2017 & 2018?
Expect cake tiers to be super tall, with modern sharp edges and lots of clean simple lines, giving a stylish and minimalist look. The trend for different height tiers will continue, offering couples a really bespoke look. Bright colours will take the place of more subdued tones, with touches of metallic in the way of gold and silver leaf, and edible metallic paint. Hand-painting has been a key trend in wedding cakes for a while, but it will be presented in a more abstract way inspired by textiles and fashion. I think there are some key trends this year that will also carry on through to next year including marble, greenery and macramé, and I expect semi-naked drip cakes to still be very popular!