From Sketch to Cake #1–The Art Deco Cake

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Photo by Lolagrace Photography
Photo by Lolagrace Photography

It’s that time of year again.  When January is ending and all of us on the Cake Crew come together to update the cakes on display in our consultation room at the Bakehouse.  You should stop by and see it sometime!  It showcases eight cakes—seven wedding and one birthday—to help inspire our guests who are working with us to design their own custom cake.  This year we decided to change them all.   In a meeting where we discussed new trends, current styles, techniques that we wanted to highlight, and colors and sizes that we wanted to exhibit, we all volunteered to create a cake(s) that as individuals we were excited about.

In the spirit of being excited about our designs, cakes, and the “revamping” of our consultation room, we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to create these cakes by showing you the sketch all the way to the design.  Enjoy!

art deco sketch

This silver art deco cake was designed by Stephanie, and inspired by a beautiful wedding dress.  Art deco cakes are known for their symmetrical style and geometric shapes, but while usually consisting of bold colors, we wanted to soften the look while also showcasing a current trend: metallic.  There are many ways to create a metallic look but for this cake we decided to focus on silver leaf.  Leaf colors, silver and gold; create a sheen that cannot be duplicated.  They don’t come with their own issues, however, as their fragility is greater than any delicacy you’ve ever worked with, and they are just larger than 3 inches wide so it’s not uncommon to see seams and wrinkles.  But when you’re going for that bright and shiny look, nothing will compare.  Here’s a set up of Stephanie using the silver leaf:

1. Attach the leaf to wax paper using a soft blush brush.  2. Cut the size, if needed.  3. Gently place silver against damp (just barely damp) cake.  4. Using that same brush, gently rub across wax paper to attach the silver to the cake.  5. Carefully peel away wax paper.
1. Attach the leaf to wax paper using a soft blush brush. 2. Cut the size, if needed. 3. Gently place silver against damp (just barely damp) cake. 4. Using that same brush, gently rub across wax paper to attach the silver to the cake. 5. Carefully peel away wax paper.

The inspiration for the brooch and the scattering of “rhinestones” were what really came from the wedding dress.  In Stephanie’s sketch, she originally planned to make a gumpaste brooch but instead decided to use white chocolate—mostly because we have tons of chocolate jewel molds from a previous cake!  After creating the overall pattern she wanted, Stephanie went through the design and painted silver “facets” onto each jewel for a little more realism.  She then added silver-dotted swirls, which are a mixture of silver luster dust, silver disco dust, and confectioner’s glaze.  Check out the close ups!

brooch-making

With this particular cake, not too many adjustments were made off the original design, which mostly means that what we planned in our minds truly came to fruition.  Doesn’t always happen!  But for us, we got to try a new technique in using the silver leaf, and had a lot of fun creating customizable brooches, and in the end…make a sparkling and stunning art deco wedding cake.  Not bad for the first in our series of “from sketch to cake.”  What do you all think?

Photo by Lolagrace Photography
Photo by Lolagrace Photography

Photo by Lolagrace Photography
Photo by Lolagrace Photography

Photo by Lolagrace Photography
Photo by Lolagrace Photography

Come back soon for cake #2 in our series.  And a big thanks to Hannah Metler of Lolagrace Photography for the beautiful photos!