No stranger to elaborate cakes, Sally Holt was a founding member of the Canterbury Cake Decorators Guild and the NZ Cake Decorators Guild.
Her most memorable was a 17kg, half metre-tall wedding cake, made for a world champion ballroom dancing couple. “Back in the day wedding cakes were three-tier fruit cakes with lacework and handmade flowers,” Sally says.
“These days we decorators have a great freedom of expression as every cake has a unique vision from the clients, giving freedom to create something spectacular.”
Sally also has a gourmet range of products that are creative interpretations of the traditional. Flavours such as Apricot, Riesling & Lemon Thyme Jam and Whiskey and Orange Marmalade demonstrate her fabulous flair.
“My product range is a completely different creative task than the wedding cakes I produce. I love the diversity I have in my work.”
Once upon a time, wedding cakes were a one size fits all affair – that is to say, dried fruit and white fondant were the order of the day. That was – of course – pre-Instagram.
As our cake creations have become increasingly elaborate, they are taking a bigger bite out of the bridal budget. But as we’re sure your inner sweet tooth will assert, it’s a worthy cause, with their painstaking design details an opportunity to stamp one’s personality on the big day, as much as the wedding dress itself.
If you’re looking to make a statement at your dessert table, it seems 2018 is living up to the culinary hype. We have hunted out the wedding cake trends 2018/2019 couples will totally adore.
We’ve long been seduced by the culinary cool cred of the edible flower trend to add flavour to salads and soups. Now our clever cake makers are having a dalliance with decorating of the floral kind and it’s got our mouths watering.
Brushstroke cakes are currently trending in a big way. These art-inspired creations consist of melting chocolate onto wax paper and using a paintbrush to create ‘feathers’ which are placed on a cake once they harden.
The beauty is in the simplicity of this tasty trend. All dressed in black, she may appear dark and moody at face value, but like the LBD, is actually chic and understated, especially when brought to life with several textured tiers.
This romantic trend is right at home with a spring wedding. A new take on the watercolour trend of recent years, hand-painted floral details are one of the prettiest wedding cake trends of the year.
Gold leaf is being added to fondant or buttercream frosting to create a gilded finish. Strategic scattering gives a rustic shimmer or cover one or two tiers to truly dazzle your guests.
Fig-ment of your imagination
Many brides to be are going back to basics, with simple buttercream cakes featuring one fruity flavour – figs. Though fruit wedding cakes are not new by any stretch, figs are the fruit of the moment. Expect to see these dark purple fruits dotting wedding cakes throughout 2018.
Naked & famous
The so-called ‘naked cake’ – which boasts little to no frosting – is the shabby chic of the cake world; a little rustic but oh so glam and its popularity shows no sign of abating in 2018.
The most clever of our culinary creators have been taking clear isomalt – a sugar substitute – and colouring and shaping it to create a stained-glass effect.
If you’re at a bit of a loss as to what to turn your talented hand to as summer comes to an end, there’s no shortage of clever crafts to keep you occupied.
This month is National Craft Month and, according to Spotlight, traditional crafts such as knitting, macrame and crochet are anything but dead.
The top 10 in Spotlight’s latest Kiwi craft trends report:
Knitting & crochet – New Zealand’s most popular crafts
Slime – slime videos are sweeping the internet and the sticky supplies are flying off the shelves
Cutting machines – the new kid on the scrapbooking block
Cake decorating – there’s nothing sweeter than a craft you can eat
Weaving – weaving looms and woven wall hangings have seen a recent resurgence
Macramé – the biggest comeback of any craft form in recent memory
Cake yarns – multi-colour, variegated yarns spun into balls that resemble a sweet confection
Mermaids – from full crochet mermaid tails to embellished tiaras, mermaid crafts are making a huge splash in 2018
Unicorns – capturing the heart of crafters nationwide, parties, costumes and bedroom makeovers are all drawing inspiration from the mythical beast
Moss & faux greenery – the easiest way to bring greenery into the home, without the hassle of watering.