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This unique bespoke 3 tier wedding cake is inspired by the day the groom proposed to his bride on a gondala in the romantic city of Venice.

3 tier sponge gondala wedding cake

Inspired by a Venice proposal

I was supplied with photographs of the bride and groom, flowers for the brides bouquet, colours and an idea of a gondala complete with the bride and groom to sit on top.

At first I sketched out a preliminary design that was 2 tiers for the bride and groom to approve. Eventually they changed it to 3 tiers as the wedding got bigger.

All the decoration was made in advance ready to be applied to the cakes which would be covered a few days before the actual wedding.


Bride & groom sitting in gondala

3D Gondala made of modelling paste

This gorgeous cake topper was made separately from the cake. I like to make it this way so it is detachable from the cake and can be kept as a keepsake of their special day.

When designing this topper, I focused on looking what a gondala really looks like in photographs, and in doing this I found out that if I created one true to an original it would be very large with very small people on it which wouldn’t work.

So this gondala is a stylised version to create impact and therefore characters that are a good size for the cake.

Bride & Groom sitting in a gondala

Making sure the figures and gondala are the correct size for the cake is important


‘Blue Moon’ roses, white roses, Lavender, Gypsophila and ‘Dusty Miller’ silver leaves (all in the brides bouquet) were hand made. The Lavender and Gypsophila were created using florists wire and was removed before the cake was cut.

The bottom tier comprised of an elaborate quilt effect on which the delicate flowers sat.

Roses, Lavender, Dusty Miller and Gypsophila flowers made in petal paste

Roses, Lavender, Dusty Miller and Gypsophila flowers adhorn all side off the top of the third tier

It was safer to take the cake and topper in separate boxes so it was assembled at Woodborough Hall, Nottingham ready for the evening reception.

Wedding cake matching all the brides table decorations

Wedding cake taking pride of place at Woodborough Hall

My original sketch outlining the design for the bride and grooms approval.

Sketch outlining design and colours

A sketch of initial concept


This was a first for me…to design a cake topper incorporating a man fishing for a 50th Birthday cake.  I had to do my research for what he would wear and what shape the fishes would be. When I create my designs I like some form of realistic reference (not anybody elses cake ideas I must stress they are totally original) and then just let the idea flow and take a form of its own.

A Day Out Fishing Cake

He had to be decked out in his fashionable fishing gear with his catch of the day…well nearly anyway. So sat on a lush green bank at the edge of a bright blue pond he is relaxing in the sun and enjoying trying to catch the biggest fish ever.

I used modelling paste for my character and fishes and modelling paste with Tylo powder for the sign, rod and basket as these needed to be harder so they could stand up andnot flop over.

I started off by covering the square vanilla sponge cake with green sugarpaste and then after leaving it to harden I then proceeded to make the pond with marbled blue sugarpaste.

Using the end of a paintbrush I formed small ripples around the waters edge to give it some movement.

Fishing Man Birthday Cake


For the grass I first attached a large piece of green sugarpaste and moulded it into a shape that resembled a mound. To get a rough texture I used a cocktail stick (any pointed tool will do) and dragged it upwards and all-over until all the green turned into grass.

I built the little man (he ended up about 6 inches tall) from his feet up. I first applied the boots and then the legs went on separately. The next section was his body and then his arms. At this point I inserted a lollipop/modelling stick to secure his body in place and then finished off with his head and hat.
Fishing Man 50th Birthday Cake


The fish that’s caught on the fishing line in the pond was created our of white modelling paste and then hand painted. On the basket I used my pallet knife to draw the basket weave pattern onto it before constructing it with edible glue. After leaving it for 24 hrs to dry I filled it with white sugarpaste and then painted the fishes in it too.

The fishing rod does have wire inside it to stop it flexing and breaking and the same wire then is the wire on the rod to catch the fish. This part is removed before eating the cake as it is not edible but needed be this way to get the best results.

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in a similar bespoke style or something completely different  for your special occasion then please feel free to contact me for a quote. Copper Top Cakes is based in Nottingham and delivers to the East Midlands area. Please leave me an email or a message and I will always get back to you as soon as possible.

This 90th birthday cake was created for a man who used to be a captain of a Maersk tanker before he retired.

Maersk Tanker 90th Birthday Cake

Maersk Tanker 90th Birthday Cake

The Maersk tanker is in 3D relief so that it is deeper at the front than the back. The blue background makes the red tanker zing and stand out more.


Captain of the high seas

Captain of the high seas

This is a characterised version of Bas in his captains outfit that he wore everyday on this job.

The tanker has intricate piped detail to reflect the pipes and tanks on deck and the whole cake is finished off with a red and blue rope effect border.

If you’d like me to decorate a similar cake for a special occasion then please feel free to contact me for a quote. Copper Top Cakes is based in Nottingham and delivers the East Midlands area.

I was asked to create a Birthday cake for Harry who used to be a painter and decorator and is now retired. The cake is designed to reflect his past job and bring back wonderful memories.

The centre piece of the cake is the little paint decorator man in his white paint splattered overalls looking at the mess he has created.

The figure is surrounded by pots of paint and rolls of wallpaper which cover the cake in wonderful colours of pink, blue, purple, black and gold.

All this was finished off with painted gold decoration and ‘Happy Birthday Harry’ on the wallpaper.

If you’d like me to decorate a similar cake for a Birthday then please feel free to contact me for a quote. Copper Top Cakes is based in Nottingham and can deliver to the East Midlands area.

This cake was designed for a mountain bike fan for his 50th Birthday.

The centre piece of the cake is a bike which is the same as the one he rides. Taking a breather at the side is a sun loving, lounging mountain biker in his shades.

It was finished off with a few flowers and the Birthday greetings around the bottom.

If you’d like me to decorate a similar cake as a centre piece for your special occasion then please feel free to contact me for a quote.