In the words of Julia Child, “A party without cake is just a meeting.” We couldn’t agree more! Celebrations of every variety deserve a beautiful and tasty confection for guests to indulge in. And it’s no secret that fresh flowers can transform the look of any cake from totally typical to super spectacular.
We’ve partnered with Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.—not only a favorite here in San Diego, but also a Food Network Cupcake Wars champ—to help us design some crazy cool birthday cakes, inspired by some of our brightest birthday bouquets.
Here are the three gorgeous (and tasty) cakes created by the talented team at Sweet Cheeks, and what Co-owner, Elaine Ardizzone (A.K.A. “The Right Cheek”), had to say about them:
Birthday Suit Cake
“Naked” cakes–cake with no frosting on the sides–are all the rage on Pinterest these days. For this one, pink buttercream frosting was spread just in between each of the three layers. This gluten-free cake was then topped with fresh blooms from our Birthday Pop bouquet.
Ardizzone says, “It’s amazing how much more beautiful fresh flowers make not only a cake, but also a dessert buffet or cupcake display. They add romance, touches of elegance, pops of color, playful wisps and natural elements.”
Textured Euro Cake
Another Pinterest favorite, the “rough and textured” look was incorporated into this cake, along with embellishments from our gorgeous European Bouquet. Ardizzone says, “These designs are a fun mix of currently trending styles.”
She explains that some other fun trends happening in the cake world include: hand-painted cakes, multi-tiered and very large cakes, cake and dessert buffets combined, ikat designs and metallics.
Sunny Painted Cake
Ardizzone describes this cake, designed by a young decorator at the bakery, as having, “a more unique and artistic look, with hand-painted gold on gorgeous midnight blue.” The deep blue color “pairs so beautifully with the stark contrast of sunflowers.”
While sunflowers and gerbera daisies are popular choices in the peak summer months, some other big floral trends in cake décor include: peonies, roses, hydrangea, orchids and ranunculus.
Interestingly, she says, “Lately we are seeing a lot of the lush greens of succulents, mosses, bells of Ireland, hanging amaranthus and coffee berries.”
Ardizzone and her team use fresh flowers daily to enhance the look of cakes and dessert tables. But luckily, you don’t have to be a professional pastry chef to create the same stunning cakes yourself. Here are her expert tips:
- Ensure that the flowers you want to use are non-toxic and organic (pesticide-free) whenever possible.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with the way you place them on the cake; little buds, berries and leaves are often the cutest little pop-outs from a cluster of mixed flowers.
- Pick out flowers that will last when sitting out for hours—hydrangea, while very popular, are not good for this; however, orchids, roses and succulents are terrific!
- Select different-size blooms. Using all large blooms on a cake can overwhelm it visually.
- A great cake looks even better when displayed on a cake stand surrounded with fun vessels holding fresh flowers—open tea pots, tiny bowls, funny mugs, anything to add a personal touch to the cake setup for the lucky person being celebrated.
Happy baking and decorating! Be sure to share all your insta-worthy floral goodies with #ProFlowers so we can see too. And a special thanks to Sweet Cheeks Baking Company!