Creative confections don’t come much fresher than this. REBECCA O’KEEFFE meets the makers behind this season’s most delectable alternative cakes.
KNEAD TO MAKE
Cathy Haebe, genius cake-maker behind the San Francisco-based Knead To Make bakery, has been perfecting her craft for four years now. “I love that darker cakes are trending now,” declares the West Coast baking queen. “I really enjoy creating cakes that are a bit different. This trend definitely resonates with the bride looking for something less traditional. I’m seeing this cake appeal to the bride dreaming of midnight gardens, baroque paintings, and dark, moody florals. In this industry, beautiful creations are rarely created by just one person. Collaborations are where it’s at. I think some of my best work happens when I work with others – especially the incredibly talented Lizzy McGinn of Saturday Flowers. Her floral work is beyond gorgeous and without her this cake just wouldn’t have been the same.”
Jasmine Griffin is a self-taught baker, cake designer and sugar crafter based in Kilkenny. Her driving philosophy is her commitment to using only the finest natural ingredients to create cakes that taste every bit as good as they look. She worked with stylist Amber Clery to create this natural beauty. Amber explains: “We wanted to create a cake that combined a bohemian yet luxurious mood. Here, the two- tiered structure of the cake lends it a touch of formality, but the ‘messy’ peach buttercream frosting imbues the cake with a rustic, natural finish, with plenty of texture. Adding gold- leaf flecks injects the final flourish – so delicate and pretty – and spot on-trend for 2016.”
Based in East Dulwich, London, Olofson Design was founded by Ceri Olofson six years ago. Having studied fine art and photography, Ceri set out to create a wedding cake service for design-savvy couples. “This cake was initially inspired by a Bottega Veneta gown, which has strips of ivory chiffon painted with an inky watercolour effect and embellished with square gold sequins,” she explains. “I added geometric accents to give the design a luxe, Art Deco twist. I think the softness of handpainted details works so well with sharp, geometric patterns because they contrast with each other and create a very modern look that is so relevant at the moment. My clients are all completely different; the thing that connects them is that they want a cake that really reflects their personal taste and style. I imagine this design would work for an urban-city-inspired wedding, which has touches of luxury throughout.”