Friday, March 4, 2011

Martha Stewart Weddings: “White Plus” Wedding Cake

I was thrilled when Shira Savada, Martha Stewart Real Weddings expert and editor, called upon me for a challenge: to create a wedding cake to go with their 2011 winter issue color palette “white & slate.”

Martha Stewart Weddings magazine is a source of endless inspiration, eye candy for the wedding obsessed, so I was very excited to work on this project. While browsing through the color story pages, the beautiful and unusual bouquet by Quatre Coeur caught my eye, so I decided to design the wedding cake around the flower colors and texture: pure white cymbidium orchids, delicate scabiosa, rich succulents, and whispy olive leaves.

You can see the results below. All the wedding cake assembly, step-by-step sugar flower instructions, royal icing piping techniques and behind the scenes images were taken by longtime colleague and friend Ron Manville, an artist himself who has 54 cooking books and 3 James Beard awards to his credits. Thank you Ron for the beautiful photography and for being so easygoing.

(Left) Wedding Cake conceptual sketch on my inspiration board.  As you can see (and that’s what usually happens during any creative process) I later modified the monogram and decided against adding fondant ribbons. (Right) The gorgeous inspiration bouquet from Quatre Coeur. Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Close-up of the sugar flowers.
The finished wedding cake.

Wedding Cake slice: Tahitian vanilla layers filled with fresh strawberry and  vanilla mousseline 
finished with meringue buttercream and  vanilla fondant.
With my dearest friend Miriana, (who’s always there to lend her critical eye and is always ready for flavor tasting).
You can see the original story that appeared on “The Brides Guide”

1 comment:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...