My style is naturally minimalist but I have always adored the exquisite beading of Jenny Packham bridal gowns which are simultaneously decorative and yet elegantly understated.
For some time I have wanted to translate this into a cake design and with one of my cake resolutions of 2015 being to embrace more decorative elements a recent week off gave me the perfect opportunity. My design inspiration was the ‘Eden’ gown, a delicately beaded ‘flapper’ style dress in art deco style.
I decided on a tall tier structure reflecting the elegant streamlined nature of the gown. Using the pattern of the dress as my inspiration I drew my own on baking parchment and then transferred it to my cake tiers using a scribing tool to mark the design onto the cake by needling through the baking parchment. It was then a case of a few quiet hours piping delicate dots and finishing off with some choicely positioned silver dragees.
The end result…
My minimalism stopped me from making it as decorative as the gorgeous gown but I do love this one and look forward to perhaps more intricate cake designs in the future!