Love them or hate them, succulents are a big trend in wedding florals this year for rustic style wedding receptions. We have two pretty examples above, with a watercolour effect cake above left (via Inspired by This, Braedon Flynn Photography) and to the right, a rustic style beauty softened with blush pink blooms from The Butter End Cakery (image by Leila Brewster Photography).
You’ll find tutorials for a selection of sugarcrafted succulents here:
- From Man Bakes Cake: gumpaste succulents tutorial
- From Wilton: gumpaste succulent tutorial
- From Fancy Cakes by Linda: gumpaste succulent tutorial
- From Kara Buntin: gumpaste succulent tutorial
- From Tarttokig: gumpaste succulents tutorial
One of the most beautiful succulent wedding cakes we’ve come across is the fabulous “silvered jade” succulent cake below left by Cakes by Krishanthi. To the right is another example of beautiful silvery foliage in a mixed floral arrangment in this pretty cake by Nine Cakes (not succulents, but we couldn’t resist!)
Cake Ink, Australia have combined contemporary sugar succulents with beautiful white blooms and smart stripes in this beautiful mint and white wedding cake below.
Succulents alone, while popular, can be quite stark against a white iced cake but blended with soft pinks and pristine whites softens the contemporary edge for a more bridal style, with a pretty example below left via The Knot. To the right, the effect of the succulents is softened with sprigs of herbs and foliage for a dainty, woodland effect (image below right via Pinterest).
Textured buttercream paired with corkscrew hazel, succulents and snowberries makes a wonderful winter woodland themed wedding cake below from Yummy Cupcakes and Cakes.
Succulents of course come in a huge variety of shapes and shades from bright spring green to mint tinged shades and purple hued plants. The acclaimed Royal Bakery in California make great use of the varied colours of the different variety succulent plants in their design below contrasting smooth and textured buttercream tiers as well as pristine white blooms with rustic succulents (with inspiration also from the Sweet and Saucy Shop).
While it’s one of the less obvious pairings, Sugar Couture Cupcakes & Cakes have very imaginatively blended lace appliques with pale green, almost white, succulents in their design below for a very contemporary style wedding cake.
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 here: Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers with Nicholas Lodge.
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