Expert Style Tips

 By Ceci New York
 
One of the most incredible things about a wedding is the creative collaboration that happens behind the scenes. Each vendor’s specific skill set contributes to the greater whole experience. In this week’s featured wedding, the cake was inspired by my invitations, which in turn were inspired by the venue architecture. All of our work was connected and in the end came together to make one cohesive, beautiful event. I asked Mary Winslow of Cake to share with us the creative path she took to make the cake for Katherine and Robert – from her initial sketches to the final design – so we could see how it came to life. She generously shared her tried-and-true technique with us.
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Mary Winslow, Cake

MARY WINSLOW, CAKE Based in Chicago, Cake is the combination of Mary Winslow’s passions for art and baking. For Mary, creating wedding cakes is the perfect way to make a work of art that’s not just beautiful, but delicious as well. The growth of e-commerce has allowed Mary to share her delicious products with people who appreciate high-quality, delicious sweets no matter how close or far from Chicago they are.

Design Tips for a Wedding Cake Inspired by a Ceci New York Invitation by Mary Winslow, Cake

 
  1. Size: Determine the size of the cake by the number of people attending and how the cake is to be served. Katherine needed a certain amount of servings, so had the option of three wider round tiers or four thinner tiers. Katherine chose the more contemporary look of the narrow cake.
  2. Style: Get an idea of the style and taste so you can design something in this vein. By looking at Katherine’s dress, invitation and venue, I knew she wanted a clean, modern, architectural look.
  3. Budget: Ask what the budget is so you don’t design something your client will fall in love with but hasn’t budgeted for. Katherine wanted a quality cake, and was willing to spend more, but had a budget that we respected while still achieving her desired look.
  4. Pattern: I like to look at a graphic, take it apart and rearrange it to see the possibilities. I took the pattern on Katherine’s invitation and pulled it apart. Instead of a floral cascade, we created a delicate geometric cascade.
  5. Execution: Make sure your design can be executed in a clean and stable manner. We tried Katherine’s geometric panels in royal icing first, but didn’t like the look or the stability. Next, we tried running gum paste through a pasta machine to make it very thin. Then we used an X-Acto to make the decorative cuts. This technique worked!

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Invitation-Inspired Cake Design by Mary Winslow, Cake

V109: Our Muse – Modern Chicago Wedding: Katherine & Robert, Part 4

August 28th, 2012 by Ceci New York 

Our Muse - Modern Chicago Wedding - Be inspired by Katherine & Robert's modern wedding in Chicago - wedding
Our Muse - Modern Chicago Wedding - Be inspired by Katherine & Robert's modern wedding in Chicago - wedding
Our Muse - Modern Chicago Wedding - Be inspired by Katherine & Robert's modern wedding in Chicago - wedding
Our Muse - Modern Chicago Wedding - Be inspired by Katherine & Robert's modern wedding in Chicago - wedding
Our Muse - Modern Chicago Wedding - Be inspired by Katherine & Robert's modern wedding in Chicago - wedding
Our Muse - Modern Chicago Wedding - Be inspired by Katherine & Robert's modern wedding in Chicago - wedding
Our Muse - Modern Chicago Wedding - Be inspired by Katherine & Robert's modern wedding in Chicago - wedding
 

Katherine & Robert’s Dream Team

 

 
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