Your Sussex Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 104)

CAKES 59 Oh, go on then! Discover what’s hot for 2023 in the wonderful world of wedding cakes MAKE A STATEMENT “Trends-wise, we’re seeing a huge surge in bookings for more extravagant statement cakes,” says Ashleigh Nicholson from Cakes by Ashleigh. “Whether that’s a super-tall beauty with floating tiers to add extra height using spacers, or something smaller with a display piece such as a hoop or an arch adorned with matching flowers. Much more focus is being placed on the styling to make the impact by tying the décor to the cake table.” Emily Fitter from Emily’s Mixing Bowl says, “I’m offering a lot more styling options for my cakes this year, including a larger range of cake stands to buy or hire as well as signage. I'm also encouraging couples to repurpose their flowers, such as those from the ceremony, to go around the cake table later and make an incredible display of the setup. Styling your cake table can make a great big-day bake look incredible and be a huge part of the décor or the reception room.” TEXTURED TIERS “A popular wedding cake style currently emerging is textured icing, such as hand-painted prints, patterns and more colour,” says Holly Fairall at Holly Ann Cake Design. “Clients are taking inspiration from the finer details of their wedding to better connect each element through décor.” Textured icing effects include hand-painted botanical brush embroidery, such as the gold-highlighted technique used by Holly on the fondant icing tiers pictured over the page. She explains, “This design matched the bride’s dress with the effect complementing the lace on the gown.” Holly Ann Cake Design © Holly Ann Cake Design © Cakes by Ashleigh © Marples Cakery Emily's Mixing Bowl © Emily's Mixing Bowl