This might not work for everyone, but it's good for my "process." (That sounds really pretentious but as long as I realize that it's okay, right?) I'm pretty freeform in terms of sketches (I don't do them) and I tend to like the more spontaneous designs better than somethng I've planned out.
This cake started out as gold in my mind's eye. and it ended up green. I don't remember why, it just went in that direction. The separators between the tiers were going to be gold, but that's so typical these days I didn't want to do that. I think that my default color is green (I'm wearing a green shirt right now, and sitting in my green living room) so it headed that way and I went with it.
This next cake had to be all white because it's going to a party rental shop that will be using it in different arrangements with different linens etc. The cake needs to coordinate with a lot of different colors, so white it is.
Since all-white cakes are fairly monotonous visually, I wanted to go with a little texture on it, but I didn't want to go too ruffly because I've done so many of the ruffle cakes. I used some lace molds and a rhinestone border mold that I cut into strips and applied them in a design that was a combination of traditional and contemporary. I decided to leave it on the minimal side since I usually end up doing the opposite.
I think that I'll go back and add some pearl dust to it, since the rhinestones would look good with some shine to them. And I can't help myself.
And I have three more display cakes to do. Two are for other rental companies but I might go crazy and add some beige on those.
And here's a video showing how I put the display cakes together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZJQWRW-3ms
The molds that I used on this cake are available in my online shop at www.etsy.com/shop/acaketoremember