Jenna + Ajit | October 2017
I'm about to tell you the story of the most nerve-wracking wedding cake I ever made. But first, let me introduce Jenna and Ajit!
This was actually Jenna and Ajit's second ceremony - the American celebration that took place in Minneapolis. Their first was about a month earlier in India! (And you thought you were busy planning ONE wedding...)
For their Minneapolis celebration, Jenna and Ajit incorporated a few select touches of Indian culture. The bold purple and gold color choice, motifs found on the paper goods, and the cake.
The wedding cake was covered in hand-piped henna designs. After completing the outline, I filled in some of the spaces with purple and gold details. Not even the top of the cake or the ledges were left bare - the ledges were lined with inverse scrolls, and from the top shone a golden sun.
Here's how I did it.
For the 10 months or so between the design meeting and actually making the cake, I was nervous about getting the design JUST RIGHT. This would be the more intricately piped design I had ever done.
In the design phase, I intentionally hand drew the henna design (in actual size) and uploaded it to my computer to use for the digital sketch. I figured if I could draw it, I could pipe it. I also made the pattern to seamlessly repeated itself.
I experimented with royal icing recipes to find the perfect consistency - not too loose that it would drip down the cake, but not too stiff that I couldn't make smooth lines. Then I began tracing and piping the design on cake dummies to practice technique.
Now think about piping on a cake. It's a lot trickier than piping on something horizontal because you're working at a 90 degree angle. A few weeks before the wedding, I found a turntable that tilts your cake so that you can work on the sides more easily. Being able to work at an angle helped immensely!
When it came time to do the real cake, I was ready. And after 13 hours of piping and painting (yes, you read that right!), I was so pleased with how the cake turned out! You can see how closely the design matched the concept draft. Obviously, that's always the goal and the purpose behind providing sketches for my clients - so you know what to expect on your wedding day!
Here are some fun shots of Jenna and Ajit's cake cutting. It got a little crazy at the end...
Jenna and Ajit, thank you so much for trusting me with your wedding cake vision! I wish you a long and loving marriage!