Choosing your wedding cake design provides you with an opportunity to have a statement centre piece for your wedding, something which can be truly creative and bring together your personalities and wedding design! There are some excellent cake designers out there and Janet Mohapi-Banks Sculptural Cake Design is one of them.
I was recently asked by Janet to style a photo shoot of her cake collection. This was such a fab and fun project to work on, her cakes were inspirational ‘subjects’ and the photo shoot team she chose were wonderful to work with! Talented and creative photographer Juliet of Sugar and Spice Photography, beautiful floristry by Leah and Paul of Woods Florist and elegant wedding stationery by Ivy Ellen. I will be doing a series of three blog posts: this first one to cover the cake designs and trends to inspire you; the second to cover the photo shoot styling and the team; and the final to cover some tips for your wedding cake!
I believe each cake has it’s own personality (yes that may sound a little crazy!), but they were wonderful to style because of this. They are stunningly eye catching simply on their own without any styling, but we wanted to show them in amongst colours which brides and grooms may choose for their wedding.
Janet’s signature cake “Rose” consists of 300 delicately and perfectly hand pulled roses! Oozing unique creativity and elegance, a perfect dramatic centre piece!
As if “Rose’s” 300 flowers weren’t enough of a challenge, Janet decided to create “Forget-Me-Not”, 5 tiers tall and covered in 1,600 tiny blue flowers, hand cut and delicately painted with yellow, white and black detail. With its vibrant blue and yellow colours, Forget-Me-Not is perfect for a spring or summer wedding.
“The wedding cake trend for 2011 is tall and skinny!”
“Feathers” is an elegantly classic wedding cake with 4 impeccably iced tiers separated by delicate ostrich feathers. This glamorous cake fits perfectly for a winter wedding or even an art deco themed wedding.
“To add additional height to a cake, tiers can be separated with spacers“
“Tiffany”, yes that’s right, is inspired by a Tiffany lamp! Tiffany exudes elegance and luxury with the soft peachy icing, the edible sugar diamonds and black velvet ribbon separators. It would be perfect for a city chic evening affair.
“Earthy colours such as mocha, grey, dusky pinks and peaches are popular”
“Addison” with her on-trend mocha coloured icing, covered in a dainty floral pattern would be perfect for a muted colour scheme and also works beautifully with a bright summery colour such as fuchsia pink! You could have personalised silhouettes of you to embellish the cake. Silhouettes are popping up quite a bit this year, it is a great way to personalise your wedding.
“Vintage styling has retained its appeal with cakes being adorned with lace and embroidery”
“Florence” exudes simplicity whilst remaining fresh, a perfect centre-piece for a country garden wedding.
“The thin structure gives this classic stacked cake a new elegance”
“Bubbles” is fun and contemporary and would work well with almost any vibrant colour scheme. The red and aqua shown here provides a perfect contrast and would be fab for a summer wedding filled with bubbles! “Bubbles” could also suit a wedding style which is reminiscent of 60’s chic.
“White cakes will always be popular”
“Falling Blossom” is a beautifully feminine wedding cake, a classic for any wedding and would fit into any colour scheme.
“Hearts on a String” is perfect for any time of the year and would work wonderfully for a Valentine’s wedding!
Janet’s cakes are also very tasty! Taste is of course as important as the appearance, for some it would be more important! Janet bakes a wide range of flavours (you could have a different flavour for each tier) and uses fair trade and organic ingredients where possible.
“The cake should taste as good as it looks. After all, cake is for eating!”
I hope this has inspired you to think about your choice of wedding cake design and consider how it can create a wonderful centre piece for guests to admire as well as to enjoy eating! Janet provides a bespoke design service for clients. The above cake collection showcases her talent, but she is of course able to design a cake to suit your requirements!
“The cake is the centre piece for your day, so it should be something that you love!”
I’ll be doing another little blog post about the styling of the shoot, focusing on the design and the fab supplier team, followed by a final post giving you some tips about your wedding cake!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these delicious cakes and images!