Top tier tips for making a wedding cake

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25 April, 2017

With the current trend for natural, homemade wedding cakes still going strong, we teamed up with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild to show how easy it is to use your flowers for inspiration to create the most gorgeous cakes if you’re making a wedding cake for a friend or someone special in the family.



Stay seasonal



If your flower arrangement pops with the colours of the season, whether that is joyful spring pastels, like The Cora, or bright clashes like The Cecilia, which pairs lime green and pale pink with deep dark purple, then use that as inspiration for your cake too.


Pick your flavours


From a simple Victoria sponge, lemon or chocolate to a floral-themed flavour (lavender layer cake or rose maybe), what the cake tastes like is as important as it looks. If you decide to keep your cake simple, why not add chocolate curls to add interest from another flavour like this sponge cake from James Martin? Though follow James’s advice and order the curls to give you plenty of time to get ready for the wedding too…


Be inspired by your arrangement 


From crystallised petals to edible flowers, there’s a host of pretty natural-looking embellishments that will turn your cake into a show-stopping masterpiece. These rose petals are so easy and can be made in advance, and tie in nicely with a bunch that contains roses like The Madeline. Adorn the cake with seasonal berries as well to continue the theme.


Embrace ombre


If your flowers aren’t pesticide-free they may not be suitable for decorating the cake, so why not do as April Carter suggests and serve a simply decorated cake or a collection of cakes alongside arrangements of flowers in small jars, tins or vases. A scan through Instagram will show how on trend this is for 2017. April’s delightful white rose cake is perfect for this.


Get ahead


Most of the natural-style cakes are better made as close to the day as possible, so to save unnecessary stress bake a trial run of the cake ahead of time. Practice your buttercream mixes so that they blend beautifully to a natural colour using your flowers as a guide and order all of the equipment you will need to keep your cake standing proud. If you're organised, you'll be relaxed when making the cake, and will enjoy your part in the special day.


For more floral inspiration, go to bloomandwild.com.


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