Thursday, March 29, 2012

National Capital Area Cake Show: Wedding Cake Reveal

I think it is time to show off one of my favorite accomplishments to date!Sugar Rose Wedding CakePHTSP1

The first ever Bertie’s Bakery wedding cake! When I signed up for the cake show this year I wanted to force myself to take the opportunity to create a wedding cake. As most of you know, a lot of my cakes are very animated and take on a bit of character. I wanted to also show that I could do something elegant and classic for a bride (in case a bride-to-be ever comes along looking for a cake!).

I was so excited to get going on this cake that I had too many ideas on how the design should look. In the end I reeled myself back and created a very classic lace and pearls design. What girl doesn’t love pink, pearls, and lace? To top it off over two dozen roses!Sugar Rose Wedding Cake-7

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I was really pleased with how the cake turned out, and I was actually really surprised by how much I really loved making the sugar roses. I had never made sugar roses before, how hard could it be?Sugar Rose Wedding Cake-5

Before the cake show I was on the phone with my dad explaining the process of creating the rose. I couldn’t help but explain how every rose is different. The color, number of petals, and the curl of each petal all differed slightly, and that was what I enjoyed the most. There was almost something very “zen” about creating each individual rose.

So finally came the weekend and it was judgment time.Sugar Rose Wedding Cake-14

A 1st place blue ribbon! Wow! I was stoked! I did take some criticism on the color of the leafs incorporated within the roses. The judge felt that a deeper leaf green would have been a better choice. I knew going in that would be said. In my mind there is a difference in making “show cakes” and “current cakes”. Personally I don’t always need a perfect real life replica of flowers on my cakes. If the flowers were all ivory or all pink, then yes I would agree a pop of green would be nice. However in this case I wanted the leaves to be supporting, but not stand out. They were there and added another dimension to the roses, but they didn’t take away or distract your eye from the color flow of pink and ivory. Either way, I did make the conscious choice to create that color scheme, so I was ready and willing to receive the feedback.

Very proud of my Blue Ribbon 1st place win, I took my cake home :)Sugar Rose Wedding Cake-13

Now…anyone out there getting married?

17 comments:

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm a long-time follower of your blog, all the way from Japan, (although from Australia.)
I love reading about all your sweet creations.
This cake looks amazing and congrats on first place!

Thomas said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very nice cake, and very unlike your usual quirky style. You sure succeeded in demonstrating that you do that kind of cake as well.

Alas, I'm already married. ;-)

Thomas said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, and of course congratulations on first place!

Dianne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats!!! The cake looks awesome. It all looks so delicious!

Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations on the win! The cake is stunning, and I can't imagine how much time it took.

I am not getting married, but maybe I can order one for some party just for fun (why not?).

M said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your cake looked amazing!!! and even better in person :)

BertiesBakery said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Anonymous
Thanks so much! I appreciate you reading from all the way across the pond! :)

BertiesBakery said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Thomas

Thomas, maybe it's time for an anniversary cake?

Alli said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

When it's time for me to get married (hopefully in the somewhat nearish future), I'd be pleased as punch to have you make my cake! I can't believe this was the first time you made sugar roses, natural talent all the way. Congrats on your successful showing :)

Jenny Davidson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It really is lovely! Congratulations.

royalcookie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Absolutely breathtaking! Your lace is perfect and your roses are beautiful! Congrats!!

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations, that cake is beautiful!! I actually like the paler leaves, I think dark green would overwhelm the flowers. You are VERY talented.

Karen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations! That cake is absolutely beautiful. I like the color of the leaves BTW... :)

Molly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations!

Jenn @ Icing on the Cake said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, this is gorgeous. Absolutely stunning.

Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my gosh, congratulations - the cake is beautiful! I'm not getting married, but you're more than welcome to make my wedding cake someday :)

Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow! I am speechless! The cake looks really amazing! You have a great gift and I'm really glad that you share with us your masterpieces!

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