A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with Samantha Tempest, owner of The Pretty Cake Company for lunch at the gorgeous Old Swan & Minster Lovell in Witney, Oxfordshire. The food was delicious and I would definitely recommend a visit, but obviously we were more focused on talking about Samantha’s Wedding Cakes! Her cake designs are exquisite and speak for themselves, but she isn’t one to shout about her successes on a regular basis so today I thought I would do it for her.
I asked Samantha to choose her favourite designs for 2013 and here they are. 7 beautiful designs to delight your guests. Samantha explains a little about the inspiration behind her fabulous designs… Which is your favourite?
1) Bunting Cake: I was given a creative license on this cake! All I knew was that it was a vintage village hall wedding that had lots of bunting in shades of lilac, green and blue. The bride was fond of lace and roses so it seemed natural for me to incorporate that too. Since I launched this cake I have been inundated with requests for this design.
2) Peony and Pearl: The Gatsby theme is going to be big news this year, and festoons of pearls, luxurious satin ribbons and exquisite brooches are synonymous with this era. The cake is adorned with blush peonies, simple white roses and hydrangea blossoms .
3) Vintage Lace, Pearls and Roses Wedding Cake: Vintage is still trending and showing no signs of going away! The cake is a pale champagne finished with a topaz lustre. There is an intricate piped lace effect on 2 tiers (my own freehand design). There are strings of pearls draping from the top tier which have been finished with a pearlescent lustre. The whole cake is finished with a selection of delicate pink vintage roses, powder blue hydrangeas, white blossoms and stephanotis flowers. A huge thanks to Neil Hanson for making my cake look so beautiful and also Caswell House for letting us have use of their beautiful venue for the setting.
4) Cotswold Romance: Sometimes a bride comes to you with an image of a cake and despite the fact that I always customise and individualise a cake, this was the cake she wanted! It is inspired by a cake by Peggy Porschen but fit perfectly with her Cotswold Romance theme at the Manor House Hotel in Moreton-in Marsh. The ivory cake is finished with ivory and pale pink ribbon, piped ivory pearls and a selection of pale pink centred roses and petals.
5) Purple Hydrangea Square Wedding Cake: Ombre is such a popular trend at the moment and can be done in so many ways. I decided to use a popular hydrangea blossom flower as my inspiration and started with the palest of palest lilac and gradually increased the concentration of colour as I progressed diagonally down the cake.
6) Country Vintage Wedding Cake: I was asked to provide a cake for a bridal shoot at Blenheim Palace so I knew the cake had to be fitting for the splendour of its surroundings. The four tier ivory cake was finished with pale champagne ribbon and a lace overlay, with a large ribbon and brooch around the 2nd tier. Sugar flowers such as Sweet Avalanche Roses, blush peonies, hydrangeas and eucalyptus sprays were arranged at various positions around the cake and patches of white lace pipe work were on 2 of the tiers. It fit perfectly with the ambience of Blenheim’s Orangery.
7) Teacup Wedding Cake: A topsy turvy wedding cake with a sugar teacup on the top. The bride wanted to incorporate a couple of themes such as bunting, her top table had teacups with flowers in, and she had an abundance of David Austin Roses. The Teacup was personalised with the couples initials and was finished with a sugar rose bloom.
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