All photography by Maya Visnyei. Styling by Catherine Doherty. Cake by Sweet Philosphy.
When it comes to wedding cakes, flowers will never go out of style. Whether piled high as a gorgeous cake topper or wrapped around a middle tier as a delicate accent, incorporating blooms into your wedding cake can instantly elevate your sweet table display.
We asked four Toronto-based designers to dream up some amazing, unique wedding cakes inspired by beautiful chintz and floral fabrics. The result? Intricate works of art with gorgeously handcrafted details that are in a league of their own.
Mint Green Dream (above)
Taking inspiration from the calming effect of minty-green hues found in nature, Patricia Phan of Sweet Philosophy created cakes both timeless and unique. Ivy leaves set the tone for the colours and texture, while the large ruffles in the icing introduce softness and movement. Phan used fondant to create the ruffles, while gum paste provided the base for the complex leaves and flowers.
For Julie Montgomery and Emily Heck of Julie Emm Cakes, the idyllic romance of an English country garden served as the inspiration behind these pretty, tiered wonders. Branching off from traditional floral arrangements, Julie and Emily embraced a minimalist aesthetic and a more organic, asymmetrical floral placement. “We wanted to keep the palette fresh, so we used a simple, white, hand-painted sea sponge technique on a spring green backdrop–the perfect canvas for our delicate floral vine,” Montgomery says.
A bridal bouquet and a couture wedding gown served as inspiration for these exquisitely crafted creations by Donna Maramba of Mademoiselle Vanilla. “I love the intricacy and beauty of lace on a wedding gown. The delicate and classy look can be easily translated onto a cake,” she explains. For the finishing touches, Maramba used gum paste to create roses, berries and filler flowers.
Alexandria Murray of Finespun Cakes & Pastries created this masterpiece using an array of bold handmade sugar flowers, dusty-rose fondant and delicate hand-piped royal icing details. Muted colours paired with pops of dark fuschia reflect the vintage feel of the fabric swatch and add a little drama.
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