Blue, Indigo, Violet

I made this cake to display at the First Annual NW Budget Brides Show in Seattle last weekend.  It incorporates pretty much every element that I love in a wedding cake -- ruffles, sugar flowers, and ombré. The colors were custom tints that I created purely experimentally; no plan.  I mixed denim blue fondant with pale lilac fondant to see what I came up with, and then desaturated the colors by mixing successive batches of the base color with increasingly larger batches of lilac fondant. The ruffling technique -- again, no plan -- was really an exercise in torturing the fondant. How thinly could I roll it, and then still thin it out some more?  I used a gumpaste rolling pin and a ball tool to soften the edges of each strip, and marked lines around the diameter of each tier with a scribing tool so that I could attach each strip roughly parallel to the one above. I think that part of the trick here is the fondant I use -- it has some white chocolate added, which gives it a super-stretchy quality that most commercial fondant doesn't have.

I'm preparing a tutorial post about the sugar flowers on this cake.  I call them fantasy open roses, as they're inspired by open roses but are not botanically correct.  I wanted flowers that were really ruffled and delicate so that they would seem at home amid those loose, fragile, almost textile strips of fondant. I also didn't want entire posies of sugar flowers on the cake: too much going on already!  Another strategy to keep things uncluttered was to put the cake directly onto a Lucite stand that adds dramatic height, but that almost disappears into the background. I got some great feedback on the cake at the expo, so who knows? Perhaps I'll be making a variation of it for an upcoming wedding!