Check With The Lighting People...

Sometimes knowing that there will be venue lighting can help determine the design of the cake.

In this case, I made this display cake for a photo shoot. I knew that there was going to be some lighting involved, so I decided to take advantage of that and use sugar jewels on the cake. The jewels would be reflective, and that would make the cake look different than it would in a regular darkened ballroom.

Here's the cake without the lighting and all of the room lights up:

Okay, that's nice, but here it is with an amber-type light scheme:

And here it is with a magenta lighting scheme:

You can see that the jewels are reflecting the light, and that the magenta light looks better (to me anyway) than the more amber one. I had added some red jewels to the cake because I knew that the lighting would include the red tones. The addition of the flowers and the lights emphasized those tones, and makes it prettier...

So ask your clients if there's going to be any lighting, and you might want to check with the lighting company to see what colors they're using. You'll be able to coordinate the cake with the rest of the decor, and it will make the cake look better.

Cake photos by PW Photography, flowers by Floraculture, Styling and coordination by The Cordial Cricket, Location was the Richmond Marriott, Rentals by Classic Party Rentals of Virginia

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and