Five Beautifully Natural Floral Wedding Cake Ideas
17 Feb 2016
When it comes to wedding cakes, there are so many decadent options to choose from that brides often feel they want to go for a more natural appearance, particularly with an increasing number of weddings being held outdoors. Whether that’s fruit-filled sponge or real florals carefully dotted throughout the design, it’s now an achievable catering choice.
With that in mind, we just had to share these beautiful handcrafted designs that combine floristry with cake from The Blushing Cook. Sammi-Jo Gascoyne, founder of the company, which specialises in unique natural cakes, tells us more about how she came to set up her own cake business and the secrets behind these stunning designs inspired by the natural world.
“I started working as a chef when I left school and soon realised I loved the sweeter side of cooking,” says Sammi-Jo. “I worked in restaurants, from gastro pubs to Le Gavroche, and wanted some formal training so I enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school to train formally as a pastry chef.”
Determined, Sammi-Jo had her sights on success and hasn’t looked back since. “I then worked my way from the intern baker to become the head chef for Peggy Porschen’s wedding cake company and have now recently started to create my own cake business,” she says.
1. Golden paradise
This is three layers of chocolate and caramel sponge sandwiched together with oozing salted caramel filling, covered in a caramel buttercream. Salted caramel is a huge favourite with my clients. I wanted this cake to be decadent and delicious which is why I chose the golden theme with hints of fuchsia florals to add a touch elegance and femininity.
2. Cherry blossom spring
I often look to art or fashion for inspiration and recently saw a stunning beaded design of a cherry blossom, which immediately inspired this cake design. The sponge was a light vanilla filled with cherry blossom jam which has a very subtle and delicate flavour.
3. The golden pear
Floristry is a huge part of the inspiration for many of my cakes. I love seeing unusual bouquets or centrepieces and this was inspired by a few I had seen using all sorts of rich coloured fruits and a beautiful golden pear. The cake is a fluffy vanilla sponge filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream, draped in every fruit I could possibly find.
4. Cottage garden
One thing I have always tried to convey with my cakes is there is no need to mimic or recreate beauty when there is already so much around us. All of the flowers on this cake are edible and it was a joy to make with such beautiful colours. The sponge within was in keeping with the natural theme and was a combination of carrot cake and an orange and almond cake filled with orange curd.
5. Cherry kisses
I always like to try and include some fruits in my decoration, but with a soft floral colour theme it’s not always easy to find a suitable colour, as fruits can be quite rich in colour. I love making these dipped cherries and strawberries and to be honest I would put them on every cake I made if I could. Don't be fooled by its delicacy, concealed within the vanilla buttercream was a rich and indulgent chocolate fudge cake.
Sammi-Jo will be exhibiting her new cake designs at Bride: The Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse on March 12 and 13, so be sure to stop by and try out her delicious cake samples. See theweddingshow.co.uk for discounted tickets.
For more cake inspiration check out Sammi-Jo’s blog on her website, http://www.blushingcook.com/, where she photographs her creations and posts recipes online.