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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

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This 10 inch square sponge cake was created last week. It needed to have a clean and simple but intricate stylish design for Bill’s 80th birthday party.

Bagpipes, Canal Boat and Aeroplane 80th Birthday Cake

Bagpipes, Canal Boat and Aeroplane 80th Birthday Cake

Firstly I consulted with the client about what kind of style, detail and colours they required which then followed with a computer generated design sent by email for approval.

It’s always best to ask about the person whose birthday it is; what do they like to do, follow, hobbies etc., and then it gives you an idea what to make for the cake.

Designed on a computer first.

Designed on a computer first.

To give you an idea of the scale (how small) this design is the plane was about 70mm long. All created using modelling paste onto a board covered with sugarpaste, this was produced a few days before covering the cake so it gave me plenty of time to get it right. The board was then attached to the cake with royal icing which meant that prior to cutting the cake, the design could be removed and saved for memories.

80th birthday cake using hand modelling, hand painting and royal icing piping techniques

Bespoke 80th Birthday cake

Techniques used in this design involved hand modelling, hand painting and piping and therefore take time and care to reach the desired effect.

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I was commissioned to create this bespoke wedding cake with its cascade of hand-crafted flowers for a couple who loves owls. These cute owls sit on the branch of the delicately hand-painted bride and groom’s names in a beautiful script font.

1 Tiered wedding cake with hand-made flowers, hand-painted names and owls

A single tiered wedding cake with hand-made flowers, hand-painted names and owls

Small pink roses, purple pansies, pink hydrangeas and tiny lily of the valley flowers adorn this one tier fruit cake. All of them made from petal paste and some piped royal icing for the the lily of the valley stems.

 

Roses, Hydrangeas, Pansie and Lilly of the Valley hand-made flowers

Roses, Hydrangeas, Pansies and Lily of the Valley hand-made flowers

The owls were gently sitting with the names so it would compliment the design and add to the overall effect.

Close-up of the hand-painted detail

Close-up of the hand-painted detail

These hand-made owls are so cute…looking into each others eyes that they make this a special and unique wedding cake.

Overall view of the wedding cake

Overall view of the wedding cake

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in a 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 feel free to leave me an email or a message and I will always get back to you as soon as possible.

This cake is full of energy and fun. At the top, the burst of tiny flowers leads to a cascade of various sized flowers flowing down the side to the base.

I chose to do this all in white this time however, the design would work just as well using coloured flowers or maybe even a coloured background too.

Being a 3 tiered cake it would be suitable for  a birthday, anniversary or a wedding perhaps? The burst of flowers on the top could be substituted for bride and groom figures or reduced in size to fit alongside the figures.

The prices for this design start from around £400 and if you’d like me to decorate a similar cake for your special occasion then please feel free to contact me for a quote.

This cake has grown from an idea I had for couples who don’t want traditional or formal style wedding cakes or for those on a more modest budget.

The various pink and white heart shapes are loosely and informally scattered over the cake whilst the hearts exploding from the top of the cake give it a real sense of energy.

The price for this cake would be around £300 depending on the size required. If you’d like me to decorate a similar cake for your wedding then please feel free to contact me for a quote.

I wanted to create a clean, sharp, minimalist wedding cake but, I didn’twant it to look too plain. So, I decided to hand make 5 delicate rose flower heads to grace the top with a few small leaves to fill in the gaps.

I still wasn’t quite happy with the overall look so I added a ring of roses between the lower two tiers.

Adding the roses between the upper tiers aswell, made the cake look too fussy aswell as making it substantially more expensive.

The roses themselves are modelled on flower heads of a particular lovely variety of roses cut from my own garden.

Prices for this cake design start from £450 depending on the size required. If you’d like me to decorate a similar cake for your wedding then please feel free to contact me for a quote.

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. A mantra that I think is well proven with this simple but elegant wedding cake design.

I commissioned the local florist to arrange a rose and ivy topper for this cake.  With flowers being the focal point of this cake, I felt there was no need for any elaborate or intricate icing decoration, just a plain gold ribbon wrapped around each tier to tie in with the gold beads in the flower arrangement.

Prices for this cake design start from £250 depending on the size required, plus the flowers. If you’d like me to decorate a similar cake for your wedding then please feel free to contact me for a quote.

This is the wedding cake that I created for my own wedding last summer. The design on the sides of each tier was taken from the pattern on the wedding stationery. It was painted on with edible food colouring and topped off with real flowers to match my bouquet.

This was the catalyst that inspired me to take up cake decorating as a profession.