Hand-painted wedding cakes are popping up all over and we just can’t get enough- count us in on that bandwagon! Many take on a stained glass effect, others a spackled impressionist vibe, and still others seem to be wrapped in a veneer of wallpaper or fabric. I’m not saying that gum paste lace overlays on cakes are out, mind you- but it’s so refreshing to see an innovative and painterly take on wedding cakes.
Hand-painting cakes seems to be an art within an already refined and unbelievable art form, whether bakers are using fondant or buttercream, bold color or just the brush of gold leaf. I think fondant works the best visually for a really sleek foundation or canvas, if you will. Take a piece of Anna Weatherly china, a snippet of Scalamandré fabric, or even your favorite Klimt or Monet and show it to your cake baker for inspiration- the possibilities are endless.
I have a thang for strawberries and berries in design for general.This whimsical Nadia & Co painted cake totally nails it with the mini portraiture of itself, the Marie-Antoinette-picnic-ishness of it all. via 100 Layer Cake
This Hey There Cupcake lasercut-and-hand-painted cake just kills me. Forget that it’s perfectly styled against the loveliest paper- that doesn’t hurt.
This architectural cake is over-the-top gorgeous with its hand-painted flowers and textural sugar flowers. I wish they didn’t have the hideous glassine board (pet peeve!!) but beggars can’t be choosers. I love that the bottom two bases have a deeper background tone than the rest, lending it an extra garden-inspired effect. via WedLuxe
I think I fell outta my chair over this one from Ruze Cake House . . . malachite-meets-marble with copper leaf edging? Yes please- any day.
What do you think- too “out there”? Too au courant but meant to fade? I think if it’s inspired by your grandmother’s heirloom Limoges teacup, you’ll till be proud you went this route in 30 years.