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Your Ultimate Wedding Cake Guide: Sugar Flowers for Cakes

Bluebell Kitchen Kent Wedding Cakes Handmade David Austin Sugar Rose

Making sugar flowers for cakes is our absolute passion.  From the sweeping cascade of sugar flowers at The Ritz to an intimate twilight micro wedding at The Barnyard, Kent, of all the skills and techniques we use to make your wedding cake, its our realistic sugar flowers that always cause a stir.

This was perfectly summed up by Laura from Festival Brides,

An awe-inspiring wedding cake with the most incredible sugar petal design – Bluebell Kitchen, you’re a genius!

Handmade pastel peach and ivory sugar flowers wedding cake finished with blush pink marble fondant for bohemian wedding at Chiddinstone Castle

Details up close of the peach, pink and ivory sugar flowers at Chiddingstone CastleAs sugar flower specialists, we’ve spent hours perfecting our craft and learning to make a whole host of different types of sugar flowers.  As you begin your search for your highly skilled wedding cake maker, we wanted to answer as many of your questions as possible as to why having handmade sugar flowers will ensure that your wedding cake design is talked about for years to come.

Where do you get your sugar flower inspiration from?

We soak up inspiration for your wedding cake flower decorations from nature and art, and most importantly from you.  Bring your invitations with you when we chat, swatches of your bridesmaids’ dress fabric, images of flowers you’re considering.  Everything, but everything will help inspire your sugar flowers and help us sketch your design.

Sketch to Cake showing the planning process of creating a wedding cake design at The Landmark Hotel, London

Every visual element brought together will create your beautiful centrepiece such as the colours, shapes and textures in delicate hint of dusky pink roses like on Yewande and Harry’s gorgeous three tier design at The Landmark as shown above to bright, vibrant birds of paradise as a colourful contrast to a modern marble design.

Bold and bright Bird of Paradise sugar flowers on a deep grey marble wedding cake

This enables us to create the look and feel you’ve imagined for your wedding day.  How amazing to walk into your venue and take in your showpiece wedding cake full of stunning hyper-realistic sugar flowers.

Do I have to have ‘in season’ sugar flowers?

Who says your sugar flowers must be botanically correct and in season?  If you want gold roses, you can have gold roses!  No matter what time of year, you can have any flower you choose.  From bold, fluffy peonies in December to gorgeous, subtle hellebores for a vibrant summer wedding.  The only design limit with sugar flowers for cakes is your imagination.

Four Tier Cornflower blue buttercream filled with hand painted gold flowers - the ultimate gold wedding cake

Hand painted gold sugar flowers close up on a cornflower blue buttercream wedding cake

How much do sugar flowers cost?

Depending on your design sugar flowers on cakes aren’t necessarily budget bursting.  A multi-tier swirling cascade of sugar hydrangeas would of course be a higher investment, but this isn’t always inevitable.  A single, handmade centrepiece David Austin Rose surrounded by foliage will provide a statement luxury finish to almost every style of wedding cake.

Pastel Pink Sugar Roses on a five tier mint green wedding cake with gold texture painting

…the rose were incredible – large, beautiful and exactly the colours we wanted

Sonia and Aaron, Copthorne Hotel, Crawley

Every sugar flower is a labour of love, bringing your wedding cake to life in a burst of colour and we believe worth the investment for a once in a lifetime occasion.

Aren’t these flowers real?  Did you really make them from sugar?

Yes, all the sugar flowers featured on our bespoke cake gallery are made from sugar.  Every single sugar flower is made sugar petal by petal to preserve their natural delicacy.

We adore the fact that we always start with a simple piece of flower (gum) paste and with delicate, intricate manipulation, a few hours later we’ve got the beginnings of a sugar rose or a peony or even an ivy garland.

Rolling flower (gum) paste to make sugar flowers at our studio in Kent

Cutting our sugar rose petals to make sugar flowers at our studio in Kent

Making dusky pink sugar flowers in our studio in Kent

Flowers and foliage come to life right before our eyes.  One by one, each petal or leaf is cut, dusted, shaped and sealed before adding these beauties individually to your wedding cake.  Skills that come with years of practice!

Can we keep our sugar flowers after we cut the cake?

As well as being the centre of attention on your wedding cake, sugar flowers can last a lifetime.  There’s no need to worry about sugar flowers wilting – some real flowers won’t last the day – or worrying about contradictory advice as to whether certain flowers e.g. gypsophila are poisonous.  If in doubt, we always suggest that you choose sugar flowers.

Wild Sugar flowers for cakes including handmade daisies, dog roses and ivy garlandWhilst incredibly delicate, due to their wafer thin finish, they will last for years when you store them correctly – we provide you with a cake box to carefully store them in after your wedding.  You might even choose to display them in a vase or use them as decoration on your first wedding anniversary cake.

Can I make my own sugar flowers?

Yes, we’re delighted to offer one to one and small, intimate sugar flower classes at our studio in Maidstone, Kent.  By keeping our cake decorating classes small, you’ll receive personal attention with almost one to one teaching all the time.  We’ll support you in adding your own artistic style to every design you make.

We cannot wait to start teaching again and are making plans for epic new sugar flower classes in Autumn 2021.  Whether you’re a novice or an expert you’ll take your skills to the next level.

In the meantime, for inspiration have a look at our planned Romantic Pastels, Peonies & Roses Sugar flower class.

Peonies, roses, anemones and ivy three tier cake for Kent cake class

You’ll not only learn how to make sugar flowers but how to display them on a fully iced tiered cake too.  Join The Cake List to be the first to know more.

Nature inspired cake artistry

Sugar flowers on cakes are the handmade eye-catching show offs inspired by nature and art for your bold, centrepiece wedding cake.  They are perfect for both contemporary or classic styles of cake and give you full creative reign over your wedding cake design.

Not sure where to start, take a look at our bespoke wedding cake gallery for inspiration or book a consultation at our studio and see the sugar flowers on cakes up close.

Bright, bold sugar flowers including sunshine yellow peonies, deep red roses, hint of pink roses and lots of ruscus leaves

Above all we want you to walk into your wedding reception, see your wedding cake and believe that the sugar flowers are real…then we know we’ve done our job!

Thank you so much, the cake looked really beautiful.  We had so many compliments on the wonderful sugar flowers.

Victoria and Glen, The Orangery at Turkey Mill, Kent

 

Photo Credits: Rebecca Douglas Photography, Bluebell Kitchen, Kate Boston Photography

Blog: Festival Brides

Bluebell Kitchen are mother and daughter team, Erica and Charlie Bell.  We’re Kent based cake makers and sugar flower specialists, creating bespoke wedding cakes and macarons in Kent, London and the South East. Get in touch to see if we can help you bring your cake design dreams to life!  Join The Cake List to be the first to know more.

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