Royal Damask and a Blue Sugar Peony

I delivered Sarah and Anthony's wedding cake to the Golf Club at Newcastle earlier this evening. Their three-tiered cake served 80, even though their guest count was 50 (that means: lots of cake for breakfast tomorrow, and a top tier to freeze for the first wedding anniversary!).

Their color scheme was black and royal blue, and they requested a damask design on their cake to echo the patterned paper used to wrap their guests' favors. I obliged, and chose the "Royal Damask" stencil (from Designer Stencils) to create the pattern on the top and bottom tier of the cake. (My "paint" for that purpose was black Royal Icing.)   

Both the sugar peony and handcut monogram topper were handmade from gumpaste. I always use a new X-Acto blade when cutting letters or intricate shapes; it produces a much cleaner line! I wired the gumpaste letters for easy insertion into the top tier. The peony's petals were also wired, so that the outer layer could be opened up and styled more precisely in situ. (The purpose here is to disguise the wire-and-floral-tape mechanics of the sugar bloom once it's been inserted into the cake.)

The entire cake was Red Velvet, with cream cheese (of course!). Each tier was frosted with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream and then covered with a thin layer of white-chocolate fondant. 

Here's a closer look at the sugar peony, taken before I left the studio:

I caught a glimpse of the couple as they were having their photos taken out on the lawn. It was so gloriously sunny this afternoon, and they looked simply radiant. Congratulations, Sarah and Anthony!