Post # 1
Due to our super tight budget we are going to be limited to a very simple cake. We are going to do the traditional white multi layer cake but I need something to jazz it up since it will be far from a sylvia weinstock cake. Anyone had a good experience giving a plain cake a pick me up?
Oh, we are getting married at the local farmers market. We are doing lots of soft earth tones, light on the granola, and pops of yellow.
Post # 3
@cwharrison: I don’t know anything about cake decorating, but I know sometimes at Michael’s they have classes – maybe that could help.
Post # 4
i took cake decorating and learned some simple techniques. the wilton classes are usually 50% off so only about $20 bucks.
some ideas: ribbon, fresh flowers, cake tattoos from duff or martha stewart, cake stencils…in the classes you will probably learn some simple flowers like calla lillies, carnations, mums (my favorite), fondant bows…
Post # 5
I wouldn’t bother with classes if you are comfortable just doing a buttercream frosting.
For the top I would do fresh flowers-simple, beautiful
you don’t need the extra piping, decorations or ribbon.
Post # 6
How about doing a naked cake? They seem very simple and easy to do.
This was Hilary Duff’s cake and one of my favs.
ETA: Sorry for the large pic & WOOT! I’m now a Buzzing Bee
Post # 7
Sylvia Weinstock uses all sugar flowers on her cakes. They can be bought premade, and are very easy to put on the cake. www.globalsugararts.com is my source.
Post # 8
I think there’s a cake on Martha Stewart that uses paper flowers. You can definitely look up tutorials for making paper flowers in your colors and decorate with the paper flowers.
Post # 9
I would definitely get some flowers you like – and that’d totally go with your farmer’s market vibe. The flowers took my cake from boring to pretty (see below). One thing I’d recommend though – if you’ll need to put them/have someone put them on the cake more than a couple hours before the reception or its warm at all I’d try to get some water picks (like this) for them though so they don’t dry up or wither.
Post # 10
I would frosdt it in butter cream and add flowers or rock candy. I think you can even make rock candy at home if you want to, Michaels sells it on stick too.