Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Design Formula

After spending some time on the Tea Party (Planet Cake forum) I became aware that a lot of the posts refer to “cake design inspiration needed” so I thought that I would share a little bit about how I design our client’s cakes! I have developed my own formula for designing cakes. I am sure it’s not original but it usually works in creating a design that is perfect for the client, I hope this helps our students.

1. Venue
2. Emotion
3. Shape
4. # of People
5. Color
6. Decoration

Let’s use my Cousin Claire’s wedding cake as an example!

Venue: Small modern venue at botanical gardens – Needs a medium sized cake with modern shape.

Emotion: Claire wanted a cake that would be fun and have everyone relaxed.

Shape: After guidance on what the venue would require my cousin chose the Madhatter shape (I also suggested a square would have looked good)

Number of People: This can determine the size of the cake but I prefer to for match the venue. I always build up the cake with styro foam if required, or a kitchen cake if needed.

Colour: Claire’s bridesmaids were wearing aqua; a difficult colour to incorporate with a traditional shape, Claire also had burnt orange gerberas decorating the tables at the reception.

Decoration: Claire wanted figurines (this narrows things down considerably) as she and Rob are well known for their devotion (and attachment) to their pets they had to make an appearance. We suggested stars to balance so many figurines on the cake. I always design the figurines separately and then design the cake to match; think of the colour clash in the bride was wearing pink!

There you have it, easy and make sure you get the colour samples from the clients, I never would have guessed that Claires colours would be so bright!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Miss Winfrey

Australia is crazy with Miss Winfrey fever; however it is with great sadness that I must inform you that although Oprah in the past has always championed cake decorators, to our knowledge Miss Winfrey does not feature a decorator in her Australian shows (unless someone slipped one in as she was getting into her limo). This information is not confirmed as everyone involved in the show is so stitched up with confidentiality contracts that no one is able to reveal any information publicly. The good news is that we can all sit back and relax and enjoy the incredible spectacle that Australia’s top chefs and talent have given her and we can claim an opportunity another day. P.S. This does not prevent cakes randomly turning up at her hotel room, if you want to float one in there; here she is in Sydney until Wednesday!!