The old-fashioned dahlia flower, a staple of every English cottage garden, is the surprise sugar flower of the year, featuring in both vintage and contemporary wedding cake designs, with beautiful examples of both styles above from Maggie Austin Cake (left) and Better Off Wed via Etsy (right).
There are many different varieties of dahlia including the honeycomb and waterlily varieties above (left and right respectively), as well as the pretty feathered style of the cactus dahlia below by Leslea Matsis Cakes, New Zealand.
We have a selection of wonderful dahlia tutorials here to help you create your own dahlia cake:
- dahlia tutorial (honeycomb dahlia and feathered dahlia) by Luciana Borges of Lulu’s Sweet Secrets
- honeycomb dahlia tutorial from Petal Crafts
- feathered, cactus dahlia tutorial from Cakes by Krishanthi
- feathered dahlia tutorial from Lisa Templeton Cake Design
Below, Erica O’Brien Cake Design incorporates an elegant waterlily style dahlia in her chic mint wedding cake design. (Don’t miss Erica’s brand new Craftsy class just released: A Cake for Every Season (w/ Erica O’Brien)).
Sweet and Saucy showcase magnificent feathered “cactus” dahlias in their exquisite rustic chic wedding cake table display below for a beautiful outdoor wedding.
Signe Sugar Flowers have created a pretty floral crown of dahlias for a stylish, yet relaxed wedding design (below left). On the right, an over-sized dahlia flower head makes a simple and pretty floral cake topper (image right by Rachelle Derouin Photography via Wedding Chicks).
A single statement dahlia in soft pink crowns this wonderful, piped wedding cake design by Leslea Matsis Cakes, New Zealand.
A showy feathered dahlia is complemented with a pretty peony bud and mini dahlia corsage in a rustic style buttercream wedding cake design below by The Cake Diva. On the right, we have a fabulous sugar flower decorated cake by the Sugar & Stripes Company on Etsy featuring gumpaste dahlias, hydrangeas and purple flower buds.
Fantasy Frostings have blended vintage styling with a contemporary floral motif in this beautiful lilac dahlia cake design below left (image by Cakes & Kisses Wedding Photography). On a right, a spectacular show of colour in rich purple shades with vintage dahlias and roses by Lulu’s Sweet Secrets.
More of Luciana Borges’ fabulous gumpaste dahlias and sugar flowers below from Lulu’s Sweet Secrets.
Below, Nana & Nana Cakes, Italy’s wonderful honeycomb dahlia cake.
A fabulous “petal cascade” cake design with a stylish waterlily dahlia as the centrepiece by Ana Parzych Cakes (below left) and on the right, a honeycomb dahlia in dusky pink works wonderfully with a smart quatrefoil pattern in the cake design below left by Zoe Smith of Bluebird Cakes, UK.
Below left, an elegant taupe cake design with a gold dusted vintage dahlia corsage by Global Sugar Art, finished with a pearl band border. You’ll find the full tutorial for this cake design right here: dahlia cake tutorial.
On the right, a beautiful white-on-white dahlia weddding cake in an elegant, understated wedding cake design by Fleur Cakes.
Several different variety of succulents, plus three different styles of ranuncula and three dahlias (the classic dahlia, the pompom dahlia and the spider dahlia) are covered in Nicholas Lodge’s, Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers class from Craftsy. In-depth advice is also given on pricing your sugar flowers. You’ll find more information on this class plus a 40% OFF discount here: Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers with Nicholas Lodge.
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