Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ivory Wedding Cake with Champagne Bow and Gum Paste Flowers

This past weekend I made a wedding cake (and a groom's cake, next post) for my friend Amanda, who I met taking tap dancing classes here in Atlanta.  She asked me no less than a year ago about doing her wedding cake and groom's cake, so of course I accepted!  But this was no easy feat-- this cake weighed 50+ pounds and had to travel all the way to Augusta with the accompanying groom's cake.  And let's remember I have an apartment-sized kitchen and a not-so-amazing oven.  Making enough room in the fridge... also a challenge.  Here are the 4 tiers for the bride's cake and the parking spot for the groom's cake.  Not a whole lot of room for much else...

Another part of this story that has not yet made it to my amazing blog readers is that I defended my thesis on April 30!  And passed!!!  That means I finish up my thesis revisions and as of this Friday I am DONE with my PhD.  I'll graduate officially in August.  :)  This also means that I didn't have much time to work on stuff in advance as I usually do.

But I started the flowers about a month ago.  The bride wanted pale pink and green hydrangea, and I suggested pink cymbidium orchids as focal flowers along with some little dendrobium orchids.  I had a new mini-cymbidium cutter set that I was excited about, so this was a great opportunity to try it out.

This is the un-dusted cymbidium... cute huh?  I kind of love it.

I finished the flowers over the weekend and finished assembling the topper on Monday.
Here's the dusted dendrobium orchid:

And the painted/ dusted cymidium... it really comes to life, right?

Here's the assembled topper:

I had some fun figuring out how to get the fondant pearls to stay in place on the silver wires, but I thought the end result was pretty nice.

As far as the rest of the cake, I designed it together with the bride based on some other ideas she liked, her wedding colors, her dress, and her number of servings.  I made a mold of the brooch she wore on her dress and created a replica to be featured in the center of the bow.

The cake traveled fully assembled all the way to Augusta, thanks to some help from my friends. :)  I borrowed a friend's SUV and had some heavy lifting help (+ sandwich delivery and general moral support) from my 'date'. ;)

I finished the cake with just a few more cymbidiums on the bottom corners.

The topper went perfectly with the centerpieces, and the ribbon/ brooch was a perfect match to the bride's dress.  And obviously, I was really happy that everything arrived in one piece.

Congratulations Amanda and Philip! :)


  1. Hi Roxanne. I just discovered your blog and I think you did an amazing job with this cake. Do you have any tips on refrigerating fondant covered cakes?

  2. Thanks, AnnaBeL! Just try to keep moisture out as much as possible. I have more trouble with cakes that are airbrushed because of the surface moisture. Just be careful you don't place them under anything that is likely to drip (like a carafe of water). I have heard that some industrial fridges can be adjusted to have less moisture content, but usually I don't have many problems. :) I like to keep the cakes cold because I work mainly with butter-based buttercreams, fresh fruit purees, etc.

  3. We could not be happier with how these cakes turned out! I love you hon!!! You are amazing!!

  4. Roxanne, you're a genius! These painted chymidiums look amazing! If I can make my sister a wedding cake that looks only half as good as the one you made for Amanda, she'll be thrilled :-)
    Anyway, you haven't told us yet what your plans for the future are, now that you passed your PhD thesis. Is Engineering or Caking in your future?

  5. Beautiful wedding cake. It's really mouth watering. The floral designs and ribbon are awesome. Thanks for sharing this post to us.

  6. Wow! Such a unique wedding cake. I love it! Thanks for sharing this to us.

  7. I just found your blog, and I am so impressed with your cakes. You are so talented...and to think you were defending your thesis while trying to get these flowers made. Wow!

  8. can you please tell me what size pan was use for this cake thanks

  9. Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post. best wood to make a bow

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