Autumn Leaves

I love Autumn, it's my favourite season. There's a tree outside my kitchen window (where I spend a lot of my time!) whose leaves change from green in the Summer, to orange and bright yellow in Autumn, and then deep purple once Winter comes. At the moment it's a mix of brilliant orange and yellow, its best time.

I get a lot of my inspiration from nature and at this time of year it's hard not to notice all of the beautiful orange, yellow and brown leaves adorning the pavements. Like most things, seeing this makes me think of how they would look on a cake.

Autumn Leaves Cake

My autumn-inspired cake features crisp delicate sugar leaves cascading down, with hues of orange, yellow and brown popping out from the pure white background.

Autumn Leaves Cake - close up

More and more people are choosing to get married out of the typical wedding seasons nowadays. If you're getting married in Autumn 2017, why not consider stepping away from the traditional floral designs, and feature leaves instead? Or as well? On a crisp sunny November day, I can think of nothing better. Especially when looking out of my window at those beautiful leaves.

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Dahlia

Bright, bold and vibrant - Dahlias are a great choice to brighten up your wedding day or event. And they make excellent additions to cakes either as part of a bright floral display or as the main event, creating a striking and modern look. Here's my sugar dahlia in striking red. Dahlia's come in all sorts of colours though, so any colour schemes can be applied.

Dahli sugar flower

There are many varieties, but the typical dahlia is ball-shaped with a tightly packed sphere of petals. The uniform nature of the petals make them a truly stunning flower to feature in any floral display, whether real or made from sugar.

The dahlia symbolises dignity, and it gained huge popularity in Britain during the Victorian years, becoming one of the most fashionable flowers to be spotted in aristocrats' gardens. There is even a variety named after Charles Dickens's supremely dignified heroine Little Dorrit. 

Dahlia sugar flower, Language of Flowers

Europeans discovered the dahlia in Mexico during the sixteenth century but it wasn't brought to Europe until the early nineteenth century. It is at this time that it started appearing in English gardens. The flower thrived, with a poet (anonymous) praising it's ability to grow 'though severed from its native clime."

Interested in flowers and their meaning? I recommend Mandy Kirkby's The Language of Flowers which explores the Victorian tradition of applying meaning to the gift of flowers.

If you're planning bright florals for your wedding, or any other special events, contact Caked to ask about designs for your cake, cupcakes, cookies and more!