Frosted Flowers & Winter blooms
Adding a touch of sparkle to your sugar flowers gives an unmistakable winter beauty to your wedding cake design. The Wild Orchid Baking Company’s pastel winter wedding cake showcases this beautifully (image by Mark Davidson Photography).
You can use a choice of products to add the frosted effect to your sugar flowers. Firstly, paint the tips of the petals with a light layer of edible glue. For a heavy frosted look, shake white coarse sugar/sanding sugar gently over the bloom. For a lighter, sparkly effect, use magic sparkles. You also can add a sprinkle of edible glitter mixed with your medium of choice to catch even more of the winter light for extra sparkle.
For a beautifully elegant side design, The Wild Orchid Baking Company have frosted the entire flower below – a stunning jewelled ponsettia – instead of just the tips for a fully iced effect.
An undercoating of silver metallic edible paint makes a fabulous base on which to apply edible glitter for added winter beauty. Silver-centred white orchids crown the majestic winter wedding cake design below by The White Cakery (a division of Connie Cupcake Luxury Cakes), framed with elegant frosted fronds for a touch of vintage splendour.
Scroll cutters can be used to create this edge design, or alternatively, scroll shapes can be piped with a large star nozzle and attached to the cake once dried.
A statement metallic silver floral corsage is given a striking winter touch with a silver glittered centre for a beautiful winter lace wedding cake design by The Cake Whisperer (below).
Another winter lace beauty, from Sweet Temptations Custom Cakes & Desserts by Albena, features below (image by Anda Panciuk Photography) with elevated wired sugar flowers, frozen berries and seed heads adding a spectacular frozen effect to the overall design.
Textured, pointed petals add a dramatic winter effect to Rachelle’s Cakes‘ “The Ice Queen” winter wedding cake below, fanning out from a jewel-centred corsage on the base tier.
Delicate applique flowers add an extra dimension to the detailing on this silver and white winter wedding cake below by Bellissimo Cakes, UK. Pointed petals add an unmistakable winter effect, surrounded by gossamer light lace piping and dressed with delicate sprigs of tiny white blossoms for an ethereal iced design.
Wafer paper is the perfect medium for creating dramatic, spiked winter blooms with icy frilled centres as demonstrated by Fat Cakes Design, UK in their striking winter wedding cake design below. (For more, check out our earlier Wafer Paper Flowers feature).
Frozen winter jasmine foliage and tiny blooms enhance the beautiful lace winter wedding cake below by Cakes by Krishanthi (image by Brett Harkness Photography), while on the right, sprays of tiny wired blossoms woven through winter white blooms add extra iciness to Alice Cakes design, below.
(You can use a stephanotis cutter to create the pretty winter jasmine, below left).
The Winter Forest
The winter forest offers lots of inspiration for nature-inspired winter wedding cakes. The dramatically beautiful design below by Megan Joy Cakes mixes snow-covered pine cones, winter sloe berries and mistletoe amongst an array of white and ivory blooms, dressing the beautiful “peeling layers” textured tiers, with Megan’s siganture fondant feathers covering the bottom tier.
To create your own winter forest wedding cake design, here are a selection of tutorials to inspire you:
- gumpaste berry tutorial by Judy’s Cakes
- snowy pine cone tutorial by Cupcakepedia
- mistletoe tutorial by Petal Sweet
- anemone flower tutorial by Cakes by Mery
Snowy pine cones are mixed through Alessandra Frisoni’s silver and white winter floral and foliage display below adding an extra rustic touch to this striking winter forest style wedding cake.
With a base tier decorated in the on-trend birch tree effect, this beautiful botanical style winter wedding cake features a rustic twig-styled monogram with watercolour grey effects evoking a winter forest effect for a superb design by The Cake Whisperer.
Suzanne Brady of Cove Cake Design, Dublin creates a marvellous winter composition below with an artful gold leaf centre providing a warming glow against a contemporary pale grey canvas. Beautifully crafted rustic berries and foliage nestle between the soft pink blooms which add a pretty bridal touch.
Sugar dusted everygreen foliage lends a simple winter charm to the buttercream wedding cake design (below left) from the Cakewalk Bake Shop.
On the right, The Little Cupcakery, Northern Ireland adds subtle touches of gold leaf to their textured buttercream wedding cake below with a rustic arrangement of rich red spray roses and forest foliage adding a superb seasonal flourish (image by You Them Us Photography, flowers by Scarlet & Crimson Flowers).
A second rustic style design from The Little Cupcakery features below and although dressed with summer fruits, we think forest foliage and red berries paired with fondant frills would make a beautiful winter wedding cake design too (image by Jonathan Ryder Photography).
Frosted branches add a wonderfully authentic touch to a winter wedding cake design with a mesmerizingly beautiful example below by Lori Hutchinson of The Caketress. Snow-laden branches curve under the weight of the snowfall and Jack Frost has left his mark on the beautiful cream Christmas roses with silver frost-spiked centres, all wrapped together with an elegant couture bow.
Snow-covered branches create the perfect winter forest backdrop for the surreal Narnia-inspired wedding cake by Michelle Sugar Art (below).
Minimalist style berried branches create a magical focal point for the winter lovebirds wedding cake (below left) by German sugar artist, Floralilie, while on the right, Rachel Teufel of Intricate Icings creates a beautiful composition of frosted grasses to complement her wonderful seasonal wedding cake.
Superb artistry and design by Kara Andretta of Kara’s Couture Cakes makes for an inspired wild and rustic winter wedding cake (below left).
Delicate silver branches are enhanced with sparkling sugar jewels for a stylish winter wedding cake display below (image by Ann-Kathrin Koch).
If branches and twigs are a little too heavy for your winter wedding cake design, twisted hazel is a great alternative. The Pastry Studio enhance their beautiful design (below right) with delicate white sugar blossoms added to twisted hazel stems.
On left, twisted hazel paired with ivory florals makes a beautiful winter composition to set off the snowy textured tiers, created with gently waved lines of horizontal piping (image via Pinterest).
Adding sprays of silvered foliage and leaves is one of the most elegant ways to add a winter touch to a wedding cake design – for example Maggie Austin’s exquisite posty of ivory florals and silver berries below, beautifully accented with a silvered-jade colour foliage.
A sprig of dusty miller foliage tucked underneath a posy of peony buds, blossoms and baby’s breath adds a natural frosted touch to the wedding cake (below left) by Sweet Harmony Cakes.
On the right, Uta Hornemann of Pasteles Alma has paired a silver leaf finish with a statement sugar peony framed with silver lamb’s ear foliage for a chic and elegant design.
Silvered leaves and white snowberries add a classic seasonal touch to Cake Maison’s “Winter Rose” wedding cake below (image by Danni Beach Photography), with Cakes in Art enhancing their frosted branch design below right with subtle silver accents and floral tips.
Metallic silver tips add an extra dimension to the beautifully silvered-jade foliage below in a design by The Cake Whisperer, with glittered silver berries adding even more seasonal elegance.
A rustic garland of cream roses, silver foliage and pine cones encircles this vintage lace doile wedding cake design by Swedish designer, Mina Magiska Bakverk.
Pearlised and silvered berries combined with mixed, textured florals make a unique winter arrangement in this stylish winter wedding cake design below by Lauren Kitchens of Fancy Cakes by Lauren.
Frosted moss surrounds this stunning beautiful winter lace wedding cake in a rustic chic design by Megan Joy Cakes with burgundy and blush roses paired with silver foliage for a fabulous wintered look (image by Cara Leonard Photography).
Click here for Winter Wedding Cake Design, Part 2.