Post # 1
Just because I’m Cajun and my wedding colors are purple and gold doesn’t mean I want my wedding to look like Mardi Gras threw up on it, seriously. Our reception venue has more of an Old World Carnival feel to it (hardwood, marble, gilded mirrors, bunting draped from the ceiling), and our centerpieces are going to be large ivy bowls filled with candles and parade throws. Easy to work with, right?
Wrong. I can’t find a single idea I love for the cake. Everything I’ve looked at either seems too plain/traditional with nothing of that Carnival feel to it, or too gaudy like I’ve transplanted Bourbon Street onto Atlantic Avenue. This is what I don’t want:
Any suggestions? Would something more Venetian in style be a better bet, without going over-the-top…?
Post # 3
I kind of like the idea of this cake (as far as the colors go), although this particular one looks a little crooked (I mean I know the tiers are supposed to be angled but I think it looks less than professionally done) You could definitely tone it down a bit with all the little decorations: http://pinterest.com/pin/148548487679073995/
ETA: I think this is what they were going for lol: http://pinterest.com/pin/116952921542808035/
This one is really cute! http://images.pinkcakebox.com/cake1261.jpg
Maybe these are still too gaudy for what you’re looking for!
Something more like this? http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Mj4gTxN4knw/TbNw3qPbcqI/AAAAAAAAAMM/vzrhjxj9wG4/s640/purple-wedding-cakes.jpg
Post # 5
Post # 6
@ejay15: #3 is cute, but you’re right, it would still need to be toned down some more. The shape is more modern than old world, but gives it a bit of that carnival fun. #4 is pretty, but is almost too traditional for what I’m envisioning.
@LuluInLove: love the patternwork in #1 & #3, and what flavor is that purple cake in #4? I’ve never seen anything like it!
Perhaps a hybrid with the bits and pieces I liked from each of them… Off to my sketch pad…
Post # 7
@cajungirl81: 4 is not a particular flavor, just a baking technique with different colored, cut, and layered cakes. Hope this helps! Good luck!
here’s another I love, simple design with beautiful floral embellishment:
ooohhh this one is so unique, change the flower to match your bouquet or something:
simple design, fancy stand:
Post # 8
@LuluInLove: Oh I loveeeee the first and third ones!
Post # 9
I’ll post my little cake doodle for comments as soon as I can get my scanner working again. I feel mildly satisfied with it, but Mr. Cajun–engineer that he is–just stared at it trying to figure out how they make the slanty layers work without the whole thing falling apart. Why can’t ‘they’re professional bakers’ be a good enough explanation…?
Post # 10
You could always try looking up more venetian style/themed cakes and maybe just change the colors to yours. I feel like they won’t be as busy? But maybe I’m wrong.
Post # 11
If you’re curious about the slanty layers- they are an illusion. First the cake is cut at the angle. Then in the center, a circle is carved out the same size as the next layer. The carved area is done so that it is flat. When they next layer is put on, it sits “in” the hole and is actually sitting completely level. You think its slanted because the cake around it is.
Post # 12
What about a more baroque-inspired cake? Like one of these, in your colors of course.
Post # 13
Finally getting back this after our first meeting with baker #1. The information we got from her has resulted in a change of plans somewhat, for several reasons
- significant upcharge for slant illusion cakes & metallic icings
- some of the elements we’d considered can only be done with fondant (which I really, really don’t like)
So I’ve gone back to playing cakenstein, piecing together a mishmash of my favorite parts of different styles. The new idea is leaning a bit more toward venetian, but not quite as elaborate:
bottom layer with icing swags & candy-mold fleur de lis (pic at bottom)
possible middle layer with swirls
top inspired by this ‘cathedral cake’