The pleated cake design is this year’s biggest new trend in couture cake design. It’s clean lines and diagonal geometric patterns are heavily influenced by the revival of interest in Art Deco design, yet it has a modern contemporary edge. It’s a design that works surprising well for both vintage and contemporary style cakes.
We have two beautiful examples above – on the left a vintage styled pleated cake by Aimee Jane Cake Design and on the right a pretty pink design that pairs pleats with ruffles roses by Created and Captured by Miriam. (You’ll find a ruffle rose cake tutorial in our earlier feature here: Ruffle Rose Cakes.)
To create your own pleated cake design, we have three tutorials here:
- pleated cake tutorial by Keep on Caking
- simple fondant pleats tutorial by Anna Anna Ellison of Charm City Cakes for Caljava (vertical pleating)
- pleated cake tutorial from Cake Creations by Trish
Up and coming Irish cake designer, Suzanne Brady of Cove Cake Design, Dublin has created the elegant, lady-like design below contrasting a textured, pleated tier against a smooth-iced tier for a beautiful finish.
Complementary pastel shades of mint and soft pink create a striking colour palette for the pretty cake design below left by Cake Lady Jill (via Ruffled). The diagonal pleats in opposing directions is a beautiful design element, which creates extra interest and movement in the design.
One of our top cake design heroes here at Cake Geek, Canada’s The Cake Whisperer have created the stylish, vintage pleated cake design below left contrasting posh pearls and smart pleats in elegant white and ivory tones.
Another pastel beauty by The Cake Whisperer below, incorporating pleated patterns on the diagonal, vertical and horizontal planes for a beautiful multi-textured effect.
The UK’s Nightingale Cakes have incorporated a very soft, subtle pleated design on the top tier of their beautiful ice blue cake design below, cascading into an elegant, gathered “V” shape at the front.
Blissfully Sweet Cakes Australia have created the stylish pale pink and grey pleated wedding cake design below incorporating overlapping pleats for an elegant, structural design, paired with an exquisitely ruffled bottom tier in super on-trend wedding cake design.
Pale grey is fast gaining popularity for weddings this year and Sweet On You Cakes, Canada have created this superbly elegant cake design below using contrast to great effect, pairing the straight lines of the pleated top tier with the softly rounded curves of a petal-shaped bottom tier. (Image by Barnett Photography.)
The Cake Whisperer also feature the two pleated cake designs below in their wedding cake collection which combine vintage lace accents with smart pleating detail for two very on-trend creative wedding cake designs.
The stunning silver and white masterpiece below is by Jenna Rae Cakes, and was originally designed as a winter wedding cake but with its exquisite sugar flowers it would work just as well for a glamorous summer wedding reception with a silver and white theme. (Image by Victoria Anne Photography ,via Half Baked.) For more on this cake design plus tutorials, see our feature on Edible Sequins Wedding Cakes.
Below, we have a beautiful vintage wedding cake design featuring silver beading and pleated detailing by Cakes by Beth, UK.
A luxury gold and ivory colour palette couple with art deco inspired fans feature in the eye-catching pleated cake design below left (via Weddings Unveiled Magazine.) A string of lady-like pearls and a pretty floral spray add a touch of chic to the horizontally and diagonally-pleated cake design below right (via Save The Date Events).
Sugar Pot, Australia was one of pioneers of the pleated cake trend and we have one of their finest examples in the outstanding multi-demensional cake design below that also incorporates exquisite handpainted cake art and stunning sugar flower accents.
Clean lines and smart pleats add a touch of sophistication to the beautiful cake designs below with coral accents adding a pretty pop of colour by Sweet and Swanky Cakes (below left, Byron Roe Photography) and via Pinterest (below right).
The second of our three exquisite pleated cake designs by Sugar Pot is featured below left, with a stunning arrangement of rustic florals in a “folded edge” pleated design.
Australian cake superstars, Planet Cake created the showstopping pleated wave design cake below right (cake by Rasha Zalghout, with design by Anthony Bullimore).
Below left, we have multi-tier pleated wedding cake design by GC Couture and on the right, a stunning cake design texturised with waves and waves of pleats for a truly couture finish by Sweet Charms Cakes.
The bespoke navy cake creation below right is magnificent design created again by Sugar Pot (right) and to the left, an intricately pleated cake design in a pink and mulberry palette by The City View Bakehouse.
Learn the secrets of translating haute couture into cake design with The Caketress, Lori Hutchinson in her latest class on Craftsy: Chic Techniques for Couture Designs.
For more on pleated cakes, cake design expert Marsha Winbeckler teaches the class below on Craftsy here: Fondant Ruffles, Pleats, and Drapes Tutorial.
(For more on art deco cake designs, see our earlier feature: Art Deco Wedding Cakes.)
Also, check out Jessica Harris’ textured effects tutorial here to learn how to create the four fabric effect designs below plus lots more textured effects in fondant. Find out more here: Elegant Techniques with Jessica Harris.
Readers might also be interested in our features on:
- Wedding Dress Inspired Cakes
- Lace Veil & Mantilla Wedding Cakes
- Fabric Effect Wedding Cakes
- Ruffle Wedding Cakes, Part 1 – Petal Ruffles
- Ruffle Wedding Cakes, Part 2 – Fondant Frills
- Ruffle Wedding Cakes, Part 3 – Vertical & Asymmetrical Ruffles & Frills
- Ruffle Rosette Cakes & Tutorials
- Banded Frill Cakes
- Wafer Paper Frills, Ruffles & Accents
- Birdcage Veil & Tulle Wedding Cakes
- Gatsby Inspired Wedding Cakes
- Floral Lace Wedding Cakes
- Crochet Lace Cake Tutorial
- Knit Effect Cakes
- Lace Wedding Cakes – Pearl Beaded Lace
- Beaded Wedding Cakes – Silver Beading
- Beaded Cake Designs – Pearl Beading
- Edible Sequins Wedding Cakes, plus tutorials
- Jewelled Sugar Flowers – Crystal Centres
- Cakes with Bows – Vintage Style & Modern
- The Erica Bow
- Fashion Inspired Cakes
- Mannequin Cakes for Fashionistas
- Vintage Jewellery & Locket Cakes
- Vintage Accessories Cakes – Gumpaste Gloves, Parasols & Fans
- Vintage Hatbox Cakes
- Vintage Cakes with Feathers
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