I was invited to help decorate the wedding cake for my son and daughter-in-law, but as we live hundreds of miles away, and the cake was to be made at the last minute, it seemed a tricky project. The best I could suggest was that I would make some flowers that could simply be placed on top of a pre-iced cake on the morning of the wedding.
Researching on the internet I found inspiration from Cakes & Sugarcraft Magazine which has free tutorials for some beautiful cakes.
Starting with roses, which I have made before, I made some small rosebuds and some larger roses. The wedding theme colour was purple, but I decided to keep everything pale and subtle so that it would all blend together nicely, plus it’s really hard to get a nice shade of purple food colouring.
White myrtle flowers symbolise happy marriage and are traditionally included in Royal wedding bouquets, so I made some sprigs of myrtle flowers with buds and leaves.
After experimenting with some carnations, they were rejected as being too big and heavy, so instead I made some bunches of tiny purple flowers, based on individual lilac flowers and wired them into small bunches.
And finally, I needed some more greenery, so I made some ivy leaves and wired them into sprays. It was really hard to get the colour right, so I used green coloured icing, painted over it with darker green, and finally a dusting of green powder colouring.
I assembled three posies, one for each tier of the cake; a small pale coloured one for the top, a darker one for the middles, and largest and darkest coloured for the bottom layer.
The Mother-of-the-Bride made all the cakes, the Bride iced them beautifully with sugarpaste and added a purple ribbon around the base of each cake. The flower bouquets sat on top.
The cake looked beautiful on the day, a big success for all the team involved!