A golden wedding season, part 2—intricacy
In our experience, it’s fairly common that when making a wedding cake for an Indian wedding, it’s going to be colorful and intricately detailed. That, however, was not the case for Divya and Sandeep. Oh, their cake was most definitely intricate, but instead of vibrant color, it was four tiers of ivory on ivory with pops of gold. This monochromatic beauty shined even more with the backdrop of the gold chandeliers at Henry Ford’s Lovett Hall, the gold linens and rich, deep-red roses.
I jumped at the chance of making this cake because I love piping—whether it’s traditional scrollwork or detailed patterns. These kinds of cakes are my challenge. That being said, with each tier having a different pattern, well over 5 hours went into piping the details onto this cake. When Katie, one of our designers, met with Divya, they mapped out how each different design would take shape. The bottom tier was influenced by traditional Mehndi patterns (but simplified) while the tier up from that was inspired by a different Indian wedding cake that Divya had seen on Pinterest. One tier up from that was a pattern that Divya and Katie found online that I then translated into a cake design. The top tier’s pattern was mostly up to me in that Divya liked the concept of the chandelier piping but didn’t want the traditional look (which is swags coming directly from the top of the cake). So I made one up. And then, to accent the entire cake, I added the dragées that were dusted with super gold luster dust, in patterns, different on all the tiers to go with each design. However, despite the intricacy of the piping, the focal point of the cake really was the large handmade ivory and gold peony. Twenty-five petals and gold stamens went into making this striking flower. We think it was well worth the effort!
Now, let’s talk about the back of this cake. While not every cake has a distinct back, this one had a surprise that couldn’t be missed—take a look:
Cute, right? Divya is a veterinarian and her and Sandeep’s animals are so much a part of their family that they wanted them included on the cake. So while I was busy making the peony, Ellen and Katie were making gumpaste models their Boxer dog and their kitties. Katie and Divya designed the cake so the kitties would be just peaking out while their dog was “jumping” up the tiers, sitting at 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock respectively. That way you really would have to look at the back to see them. We call that an Easter egg—you’ve got to look to find them—whether big or small. Here’s the entire back of the cake:
Congratulations Divya and Sandeep on your marriage and thank you for letting us share in your day. And a big thank you to Michelle and Chris Gerard for sharing so many gorgeous photos that I just have to show a few more! A dazzling wedding fit for a dazzling couple.
Please check in next week to see more golden highlights from our romantic ruffled cakes. See you then!