Stained Glass-Inspired Wedding Cake

Stained Glass-Inspired Wedding Cake

I had a real burst of creativity recently resulting in three new display cakes!  So, I thought I’d share with you my design journey for one of them…. namely, a stained glass-inspired wedding cake – Art Deco-style, inspired specifically by The Sun Pavilion’s beautiful, beautiful, stained glass dome.  Here it is, captured perfectly by Amanda Manby Photography

stained glass dome inspiration for stained glass-inspired wedding cake

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The Design Process

Anyway, the starting point for this stained glass-inspired wedding cake was that beautiful, colourful, image.  But, rather than use all the colours which could scare couples off, (display cakes need to pull you in, not send you elsewhere!) I plumped for three.  Three is a good number, design-wise.  I chose blue and green (my favourites) and yellow.  Yellow isn’t my go-to colour, hence I rarely use it in my work so it made a nice change.

For the leadwork of the stained glass I had bought some black edible markers but decided to challenge myself and, instead, pipe this with black royal icing.  Black piping on white icing in super-straight lines is scary (breath-holding seems to be necessary).  But, I’m so glad I plumped for that method as I’m really happy with the end result.  Image later!

Sugar Flowers and Foliage

I wanted to have a feel of the stained glass amongst an area of slightly, but beautifully, neglected garden allowed to grow a little wild for a while.

So as not to obscure the stained glass, I felt that choosing flowers and foliage with a tendency for long rambling stems, and arranging them on the diagonal, would be best.  I adore Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis if you want to get scientific).  They have long stems and their colour worked well.  Also, the Meconopsis poppy seedpod’s tiny structure, I think, is reminiscent of the structure of the stained glass dome itself…poppies and seed pods

I teamed the poppies with rambling antiquey-yellow roses.  Then, following the glass theme, I included honesty (lunaria) seedpods.  I think they’re like tiny panes of frosted glass and are also quite ‘stemmy’ so work perfectly…

sugar lunaria

Finally, I added some lady fern – it thrives everywhere so would likely sprout up in an allowed-to-grow-wild garden.  And their triangular-profiled fronds complement the shape of the stained glass panels.  Proposed design elements complete – now to put it all together!

Here’s my stained glass-inspired wedding cake sketch…

stained glass-inspired wedding cake sketchCreating

The himalayan blue poppies, buds, and seedpods created out of sugar…

sugar himalayan meconopsis poppies

…and the sugar roses, lunaria and lady fern…

sugar poppy fern rose and lunaria arrangement

For a design like this precision is key, so I had to get my geometry head on.  So, after selecting the particular section of the stained glass I wanted to use…stained glass inspirationand preparing my sketch, I set to with precise, to-scale, drawings of the stained glass on to graph paper…precised stained glass drawing

I then transferred this in reverse on to greaseproof paper for subsequent transfer on to the iced cake…stained glass tracing

Stained Glass-Inspired Wedding Cake

Here she is… my stained glass-inspired wedding cake design, which I’ve named ‘Topaz’, after the beautiful pale glue gemstone…

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

Close-up of those straight black lines of hand piping mentioned earlier…

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

Some detail shots…

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

Your Bespoke Wedding Cake Design

I would absolutely love it if you took inspiration from this stained glass-inspired wedding cake design for your big day!  It would be perfect whether or not you’re marrying at The Sun Pavilion as it can, of course, be adapted to suit your own floral styling and venue décor – whether it be stained glass or even carved panelling or an ornate ceiling… inspiration is everywhere.

So, if you like my work and would love me to create for you a luxury bespoke wedding cake, designed for you, inspired by you, and unique to you – down to the very last detail…

stained glass-inspired wedding cake

…feel free to get in touch!

With love, Amanda x

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