Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Wedding Cake Inspired by Fashion | Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Photoshoot | Summer Wedding Cake

We're usually asked throughout the year to come up with new designs for editorial wedding cake features. This is a great opportunity for us cake designers to create something unique not necessarily for a client but for ourselves.

I created this wedding cake for the Spring 2014 issue of  Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine, a luxury wedding source, in the stands now. The photoshoot took place at The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, a gorgeous venue with breathtaking grounds.

I get a lot of inspiration from fashion, I'm a big fan of fame designer Thakoon's edgy floral prints, I had seen this spring look outfit in Vogue and just fell in love with it!

 Photo Vogue magazine
I really liked the contrast between the black background and the lush and vibrant flowers: peonies and garden roses in corals, peaches, pinks and sage greens.

We started by creating the flowers. When making gumpaste peonies, each individual petal is cut, formed and wired individually, it's a painstaking process but it's what makes our sugar flowers so unique and realistic.


Left: shows the individual gum paste petals ready to be wired to form the full flower. 
Right: the taped gum paste flowers ready to be dusted

This is our canvas, a multitiered cake with ivory, black and gold finished fondant. Ready to be embellished.  We also added some molded & gilded gumpaste acanthus leaves, and fondant ribbons.

Here's the finished wedding cake as featured on GO Wedding Style

Photo by JAG Studios

Gumpaste cherry blossoms stems                                   Gumpaste peonies

 Gilded details add elegance to the wedding cake design

The Wadsworth Mansion (top left) offered a beautiful architectural background for our wedding cake. If you're looking for an elegant venue for your wedding, make sure to pay a visit. Not only is the Mansion stunning inside but it has beautiful grounds for an outdoor ceremony.

Me and my dear friend Jacklyn Greenberg (top right). She's the founder/owner of JAG Studios, (a boutique photography studio), a true artist, and it's always an honor to work with her when she's around; she travels all over the world doing what she loves, capturing the most memorable events in people's lives!

To learn more about the wedding cake design process, please visit our website at

Venue: The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate
Photography: JAG Studios
Other Resources: Vogue, Thakoon

Monday, January 20, 2014

Indian Wedding Cake, Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Greenwich, CT, Red and Gold Wedding Cake

I always enjoy the challenge of designing and creating a wedding cake for an Indian wedding; I find plenty of inspiration in the vibrant colors and intricate patterns of the wedding sari and decor.

This cake had the added challenge of being on very short notice.  This didn't present a problem, as the bride brought me very inspiring elements.

When I saw the invitation, I knew that I would have to incorporate it into the design.  In the end, I decided to make a gumpaste plaque of the whole clasp, with the couple's piped initials, as a focal point of the cake.  After the piped initials had dried, I carefully painted with gold dust.

           The ornate wedding invitation                                         The stunning wedding sari

The wedding sari provided the inspiration for color and patterns.

my iphone Image showing true colors

Because of limited time, this is one of the few custom wedding cakes I've made without providing a sketch.

The wedding cake topper consists of 6 identical gumpaste pieces shaped in a paisley pattern, dried, painted in gold, and then arranged radially.

The wedding cake tiers are covered in fuchsia and red fondant.  The borders at the bottom of each wedding cake tier are ornately textured pressed fondant pieces, carefully formed to the contours of the tier and painted gold.

The 3 tiers other than the one featuring the monogram plaque were piped with various patterns inspired by the invitation and wedding sari.

The cake itself was of two flavor combinations: White Tahitian vanilla cake with 2 layers of strawberry mousseline and 1 layer of French vanilla mousseline, and Dark chocolate cake with 2 layers of chocolate mousseline and 1 layer of bittersweet ganache over raspberry preserves.

Thanks to Ira Lippke Studios for the wonderful images, and to the Hyatt Regency Greenwich for their assistance and for a providing a beautiful setting for my cake.

To learn more about the design process for a custom wedding 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Greenwich CC Wedding Cake| CT Wedding Cake | Fall Wedding Cake

This 5-tier beautiful wedding cake is decorated with our signature brushed embroidery technique, and has cascading handcrafted sugar flowers around both the front and back. 

Wedding cake sketch by Ana Parzych

 Delicate brushed embroidery and hand molded fondant pearl strands embellish each cake tier.

Handcrafted sugar flowers & leaves: dahlias, peonies, garden roses, orchids, freesias, sweet peas & dusty miller.

  The custom wedding cake fit in perfectly with the flower decor at the Greenwich Country Club


Beautiful flowers by KD & J Botanica

For more information on creating a custom wedding for your wedding or special event visit:

Venue: Greenwich Country Club, Greenwich, CT
Flowers: KD & J Botanica, Westport, CT

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