Cake Designs That Will Make You Swoon…
What Makes These Cake Designs Extraordinary?
You might wonder what makes some cake designs unique what makes people cry out loud when they see them and what differentiates great cakes from amazing cakes. Here are some of the factors that you can consider when designing your next cake if you want to surprise and amaze your customers.
Stunning cake designs start with a truly unique idea. Getting creative is actually easier than you'd think. To achieve the desired outcome try to think out of the cake box - get it? 😉 - maybe take a step back, lift your head out of the bowl and look for inspiration outside the cake world. Instead of just replicating what you see on other caker's sites try to look for the wonders of nature, or the beauty in people, your childhood memories or everyday objects. You could probably take a stroll in the park and look for colours and shapes that catch your attention. The inspiration for the most spectacular cake designs can be as simple as honey, your husband's aquarium, or a pile of autumn leaves, your favourite movie character, a famous building or a specific work of art....or... a zodiac constellation...
Shapes And Colors
Design is basically the art of shapes and colors. Consider experimenting with different colours, contrasting or matching shades, monochrome, ombre, neon or pastel; the variations are unlimited. Also try your best to break away from classic shapes like round and square. Who said you cant decorate a spherical, triangular or cone shaped cake?
Although the classic techniques like buttercream and fondant are far from dying out and mirror glazing has it's comeback, there are always new techniques emerging. You can look at the most artistic cake designs only to realise that they are adaptations of various techniques having been used by artists of different fields for a long time. Just think of the stain class cakes, water color effect cakes or paper art cakes. Experiment with all the cake decorating mediums from buttercream to royal icing, wafer paper to isomalt to find the technique that expresses your artistic style the most.
The most popular cake designs are those that evoke strong feelings. Just think about the cuteness overload when you look at a dog cake or a cat cake. Romantic cakes portraying something very personal to the couple not only add to the customised feel of the cake but also remind the couple of their common memories and creates the bittersweet feeling of nostalgia. There is a wide range of feelings that your cake designs can provoke, from happiness and gratitude to even fear and disgust. Just think about those crazy insect cakes or truly horrible zombie cakes for halloween.
Size matters, no matter what people say. The same cake designs will look absolutely different in "regular" cake size or in a huge or even miniature variety. Just think about the life size wedding dress, or the miniature kitchen that made headlines in the news. Different sizes have their different issues.
Huge cakes can be breathtaking and they are more forgiving when it comes to flaws in the details like the smoothness of fondant covering, or the elaboration of details, like flowers. No one is going to check the petals of all the tiny flowers on a 7 tier cake.
Big size come with issues though. They are problematic to transport and set up and need rock solid support system just to mention the most important ones. You also need to consider the amount of ingredients that goes into the cakezilla, the storage space, especially the size of your oven and your fridge and baking, cooling and drying times too!
Miniatures on the contrary are thriving on the tiny details. If you are a person who loves to get immersed into messing with itsy-bitsy parts and considers modelling painstaking details as a form of meditation, miniature cake designs are your way to excel! Make sure you don't underestimate the time it takes to finish a miniature cake and try not to get fooled by the small size when giving quotes! At miniature cakes it's especially true that it's not the ingredients but the enormous amount of work which goes into the cake that your customers are paying for!
The Wow Factor
There is this thing, the wow factor, the element of shock or surprise that can shoot your cake to the hall of fames of sugar arts. Anything awesome goes, from gravity defying, surprise inside, glow in the dark or even a real fire blowing dragon cake! Get crazy, get creative!