This summer was full of wedding cakes, and I wanted to go into more detail about the ideas and techniques behind some of the cakes, starting with this 4 tier peach lace birdcage theme wedding cake.
Now this was one of the cakes I was most nervous and excited about, all at the same time, and the reason for this was because it was actually for my Brother and now Sister In-Law’s wedding cake. I was so excited about their wedding and I wanted to create something they would love and that would match their theme and stationery perfectly…
They had a very vintage theme wedding with birdcages, lace and roses all with a peach theme. The cake itself was made up of a 12 inch lemon cake, 10 inch vanilla & chocolate orange ganache cake, an 8 inch fruit cake and a 6 inch birdcage dummy cake on the top. The reason I chose to use a dummy cake on the top was because we were trying to create the height with the cake, but didn’t want too much cake left over, as everyone was going on holiday after the wedding and I would have been left to eat it.
Using the dummy cake worked out really well as I was able to start decorating this before making the rest of the cakes. To create the colour on the birdcage I covered the dummy cake with white icing/fondant and before adding all the details to the birdcage I airbrushed it with peach and apricot Kroma color airbrush colour to create a gradual gradient going down the surface. I then created lengths of round icing using an extruding gun and placed these down and around the birdcage shape to look like the wires. One of my favourite parts about the birdcage was the 3D birds which sat on the outside of the birdcage. These really stood out and brought the whole theme to life.
The lace around the cake was edible lace and I had searched for ages to find a lace mat which I thought looked dainty and realistic. As soon as I saw it I knew it was what I was looking for, the lace mat was the eternity mat by Cake Lace. I coloured the lace mixture in peach before putting it onto the mat and baking it in the oven. I then used a knife to straighten the bottom edge to run along the edge of the cake tier as this design mirrored itself on both edges.
I finished off the cake with gumpaste flowers, including different shades of peach roses, hydrangeas, buds and green leaves. I have created a video tutorial on how I make my gumpaste roses, so if you would like to see that, please take a look. I loved creating this cake and I was so happy Ben & Amy loved it. It was a lovely wedding and I was a really proud sister.