Dress design cake

I had a bride who had interviewed several bakers tell me that the first thing a lot of people asked her when she did design appointments with them was what her dress looked like. This is a quick way to design a cake, and although it's a good starting point it's more applicable to a cake that's going to be more traditional in design than something that's more modern. (Unless, of course, your wedding dress is non-traditional or has patterns that lend themselves to something specifically "design-y".)

If you're having a reception that's more formal, pulling patterns from lace and beadwork on the dress can be a good embellishment on a cake, or the basis for the entire design. If nothing else, the design of the dress can steer you in the direction of what type of cake design you'd probably like, indicating whether you're drawn to traditional or more modern designs.

The easiest way to incorporate the dress pattern is to pipe the pattern from the dress onto the surface of the tiers. Excuse the watermark in this example, but I pulled it off of my website for illustrative purposes:
I did this cake some time ago...The pattern came from the beaded border on the hem edge of the skirt. The heavy beading lent itself to the design on each tier, and matched the formal tone of the reception.

The next example has the pattern from the embroidery on the bodice and the bows from the waist incorporated into the design. Again, a more formal feel, with the entire surface of the cake covered in a regular pattern.
For the cake that I did this weekend we took the design one step further and decided to incorporate one of the fabric elements, as opposed to just the surface patterns. The bottom edge of the wedding dress had a gathered ruffle that came out from the lace on the hemline, and I wanted to add that to the bottom of the cake. To replicate this, I took fondant and applied an imprinted band around the bottom tier, gathering it as I put it on. The tiers that sat on top covered the edge of the fondant ruffle, and had the pattern of the lace on the dress piped on them.

The addition of the ruffle added visual interest to the design and made it a little less formal and more romantic since it broke up the overall pattern and added some softness. Also, it was just pretty, so that never hurts!

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com