Beth Appleton describes her personal style as “whimsical, creative and unique,” and that is vividly apparent in her wedding cake designs for Whimsical Wedding Cakes in Milton, Ontario. Last year, her quirky, forest-inspired cake adorned with decorative squirrels was the winner of the Cake Star Face-off Challenge at the Bonnie Gordon Live Cake Contest of 2011.
Appleton learned the basics of decorating in her teens at her parent’s Baskin Robbins Ice Cream shops where she scooped ice cream and decorated ice cream cakes. She became interested in fondant cakes when she was planning her own wedding in 2002 and couldn’t find anything to match her “whimsical” style, so she designed her own. A few years later, she attempted her first wedding cake in exchange for a piece of artwork a couple had painted. She then started creating cakes for friends and family and went on to study at the Bonnie Gordon School of Confectionary Arts. She says she loves meeting with brides and taking inspiration from their ideas and personalities.“My goal is to create a truly unique custom designed cake that will reflect the couple’s sense of style… and that will be the talk of the party,” she says. Flavour is also an important element when it comes to picking a wedding cake. Appleton says her personal favourites are lime cream cheese filling and chocolate raspberry. She says many couples are choosing to order two cakes–like a rich, chocolate cake and a light fruit flavoured cake, like lemon or passion fruit– to suit their guests varied tastes. For this year, Appleton says fashion-inspired cakes with ruffles, buttons and bows are in, as well as gold and silver details and romantic colours. “The more delicate the layers and rosettes are, the better,” she says of trends for 2012. “The colours are a little more muted this season, very romantic. I love to see grey and yellow with a hint of pewter to jazz it up or taupe, rose and copper.” Here are five of our favourite cake creations from Whimsical Wedding Cakes:
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