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Stained Glass Wedding

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A dear friend of mine was about to marry the love of his life, and needed the perfect cake to commemorate the occasion.  He sent me a link to his fiancé’s Pinterest page, and I saw a lot of different inspirations and a couple of running themes.  I submitted several pages of sketches, and they picked out one they liked almost immediately.

stainedglass

Their wedding theme was Art Deco, and they really liked a cake from Sweet Cakes by Karen, which I had seen on the Pinterest page.  In my sketch and in reality I took the colors and flowers from their wedding invitations and put them in the style of the cake I saw.  The swan topper was a beautiful find by the bride on eBay, for an amazing price, and was the perfect touch to make this cake uniquely theirs.

Here’s a little behind the scenes look at the original sketch I made.

swansketch

Originally I thought it would look cool to mask the board in fondant like true professionals do, but then I came to my senses and realized the fondant on the board wasn’t going survive transportation and delivery to the restaurant they were having their celebration at.  This was a totally new technique for me, and I did some test runs before actually applying it to cake.  I’ve painted fondant before, but nothing of this scale, and I wanted to be sure the colors were going to stay put, stay bright, but not sticky to the touch.  Next time I’ll use royal icing instead of buttercream for the lines, but luckily the cake made it all the way down to the Seattle waterfront in one piece, and Aqua by El Gaucho has an amazing staff of super helpful and professional employees.  I was in and out in no time, and I didn’t have to fumble with a single door handle.

This was a perfect end to a perfect wedding season, and I couldn’t have ended it on a better note.

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