The most popular and most requested cake at the Kingston-upon-Hull Guildhall Wedding Fair we showed at over the weekend was by far our ornate golden birdcage cake. This floral adorned beauty featured a little Rococo inspiration combined with sugar roses, cherry blossoms and fantasy gold dusted berries. So many visitors we chatted to are hoping to have a little vintage style and charm to their reception and birdcages (as well as rustic naked cakes bedecked with fresh flowers) seemed to be on the top of their wishlists!
Sugar cherry blossoms are our favourite floral to add to birdcage cakes as they’re perfectly ruffled, dainty and add a touch of blush pink; perfect for a whimsical vintage feel. Alongside these we added some soft ivory gum paste roses with rose leaves and gold berries.
The wonderful ornate gold Rococo-style mouldings paired with the light sage green background was fairly reminiscent of both Fortnum and Mason’s elaborate window displays and Laduree’s lavish Champs Elysse store front! To add floral detailing we kept our palette fairly neutral and utilised ice pink, ivory and ochre coloured gum paste.
We love a reason to paint something gold so adding the decadent gilded look to this cake was an obvious thing to do. We wanted a vintage look that nodded more towards ‘antique’ than ‘retro’ so we looked at Rococo furnishings and paintings. We loved the ornate feel paired with carefree blossoms and aspects of nature in the works of Fragonard, Gainsborough and Boucher and thought this style would suit our birdcage perfectly!
Here are some shots of our stand at The Guildhall Wedding Fair in Kingston-upon-Hull! Our centrepiece was our Gold Frame & Cherry Blossom Cake with quilted/tufted detailing and white berries. We also showed a more modern and fashion influenced Gilded Sequin Magnolia Cake, Rosette Ruffle Cake, Silver Sequin and Camelia Cake and the above Golden Birdcage.
For anyone fancying a treat to take home to family and friends who couldn’t attend we whipped up indulgent little boxes of cupcakes including Belgian Chocolate, Lemonade, Whipped Madagascan Vanilla and Strawberries with Taittinger Champagne.
The Guildhall building was such a luxurious setting! We loved the deep mahogany panelled walls, Corinthian columns, bas relief detailing and super high ceilings; quite the perfect setting for a lavish wedding… and some fancy wedding cakes too!
We were (and still are) rather proud of our stand. Less is more a lot of the time so we dressed the space simply to show off the cakes and the hundreds upon hundreds of hours it took to master each design! Trussing the stand up with too much can be somewhat distracting. Sometimes all you need is a nice tablecloth, simple gold photo frames and your best Wedgwood!
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