Heart of Roses Wedding Cake

Pirate Dreams
Posted on 10/05/2012 by cakecrumbs

Here's a small wedding cake I was comissioned to do for a couple having a more intimate reception. 

The couple requested a stawberry cake with chocolate buttercream.

I cut the cake into 4 layers to make it a bit more intricate and elegant-looking.

For the external design, my brief was for a cake covered in white, embossed fondant with a heart of red roses. I was admittedly nervous the moment they said embossed fondant. I've only covered cupcakes and a small cake with embossed fondant. It's difficult to roll the fondant as thin as I like to without the embosser cutting right through the fondant. But the hardest part is covering the cake with embossed fondant without tearing or warping the pattern. It's impossible to do without minimal distortion unless you use the wrap around method, but that leaves a seam. So you have to work quickly but carefully to shape the fondant but not pull at it too hard, or smooth it so much that you erase the pattern. I've not had to do that on such a large scale before. It was definitely a challenge.

So when it worked first try there was much joyous dancing around my kitchen. Gangnam Style. 

In fact, the whole process went fairly smoothly. I had to give myself a bit of a crash course in making fondant roses again. My first two were a little bodgy. But once I got into the swing of it, it got a lot better.

The example photos I was given as a rough indication of what they wanted was more of a floral spray. I thought the leaves looked messy and so I wanted to refine it a little.  One lesson I've been slow at learning is that less is often more. I have a tendency to crowd, to want to do as much as I can on a cake. Instead, this time I stuck to the two tones of red against white. I made the roses somwhere in betwenn cartoony and realism. I made a dozen of these roses and attached them to the cake in a heart shape. I much preferred this look. 

To bulk up the heart shape a little, instead of rose leaves, I made little rose buds to sit in between the roses. 

Here's a happy snap I was sent of the innards of the cake. 

If you'd like to seem more photos, check out the original post @ Cakecrumbs

pashte_chan 4th-Oct-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
heels_on 4th-Oct-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous! You do such beautiful work!
cakecrumbs 8th-Oct-2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That's so lovely of you to say! ♥
jasmina22 4th-Oct-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
looks amazing!
cpsings4him 4th-Oct-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
GORGEOUS! I love the simplicity of this. I think I must be a minimalist at heart because I always seem most drawn to simpler designs. Looks delicious, too!
cakecrumbs 8th-Oct-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
I agree: I think simpler designs can be much more pleasing to look at. Every time I overcrowd a cake I'm left wishing I'd been able to be more refined!
ladyelysium 4th-Oct-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
That is wonderful, you're very talented!
cakecrumbs 8th-Oct-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
It's all just a lot of practise. ;)
amles80 4th-Oct-2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Wow. This is beautiful. *smiles*
takayanagi 4th-Oct-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
amazing! love the little rose buds :)
ladyvox 4th-Oct-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Beautiful cake! The roses are pretty but I'm simply in love with the embossed pattern on the cake. <3 Sometimes I wish we had had a real wedding cake for our wedding.. but my husband dislikes cake and didn't feel like having to eat cake just cause tis traditional heh.. so we compromized and went for an ice-cake for desert. Which was lovely too, and real yummie (especially since our wedding day was such a HOT day!) but.. I do miss having had a beautiful wedding cake. Maybe for our 5th anniversary?? ;)
cakecrumbs 8th-Oct-2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
An ice cake sounds like an amazing idea! Sometimes it's a little nicer to go outside the conventions.
ladyvox 8th-Oct-2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
The ice was realy yummie but the cake itself definitely wasn't as pretty as a proper cake woulda been haha. Guess in a way I'm just a sucker for pretty cakes!:) But, the icecake was very well recieved, and it's indeed nice to go outside of traditional things at times. And to be honest, there wasn't really a good oppertunity to do a regular cake anyway! We got married around 4pm, moved on to the restaurant for a toast and dinner, and from there the evening guests trickled in for the remainder of the evening. Having cake just before dinner didn't really sound like a good option to us hehe. So this icecake for desert really worked out well:)
cordeliadelayne 4th-Oct-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Looks gorgeous!
mrssubee 4th-Oct-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
what beautiful work! it's gorgeous and I'm sure it tasted good as well!
ranger_girl0301 4th-Oct-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Fantastic job! I'd order from you any day. :)
cakecrumbs 8th-Oct-2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
Naaaw, thank you! ♥
sapphire_kittum 5th-Oct-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
That is an incredible cake! I love it. :)
raktajinos 5th-Oct-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I watch a lot of cake shows on tv ... and I can safely say that I have never seen such perfect and beautiful cake hearts I have ever seen.

just wow.

if i was getting married, I would totally commission you.
cakecrumbs 8th-Oct-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you so much. That's so lovely of you to say.

It's both intimidating and flattering when someone entrusts you to make a cake for such an important occasion!
amimichiru 5th-Oct-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
This cake looks absolutely gorgeous. It looks like you spent a lot of time and effort getting it to look this pretty, and it shows. I hope the couple liked the cake! =)
x_creepy_doll_x 5th-Oct-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
duuuuude. That's just lovely.
maidenmorticia 6th-Oct-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
wow, makes me wish I could order this cake from you!
lynn1234567 7th-Oct-2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
So pretty!!
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ebeneza 6th-Nov-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
That cake is gorgeous!
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