Wedding Cake of the Week: Chinoiserie


Photo: Kimberly Sentner

One of the best parts of my job is working with amazingly talented vendors, such as NYC-based cake designer Elizabeth Hodes. In the current issue of Brides Local magazines, we did a feature on weddings inspired by different interior design styles. For chinoiserie—a decorating style popular in 18th-century Europe that embraced Chinese motifs like birds and blossoms—I commissioned Elizabeth to create a cake inspired by a chinoiserie wallpaper by de Gournay. The resulting cake simply blew us away: the hand-stenciled flowers on the sage-colored tiers matched the wallpaper's blossom motif exactly and the ornate tier separator, inspired by Asian scroll work, was just the right touch. In fact, to get the cake separator just right, Elizabeth drove to a woodworking shop in upstate New York and hand-cut the design herself. Delicate birds fashioned from blown sugar (seriously!) and pink peonies handmade from gumpaste were the finishing touches on this incredible cake design, quite possibly my most favorite cake of all time. —Heather Lee

Read the full story on interior design-inspired wedding styles here. Also, see more photos of beautiful wedding cakes in our Cakes Gallery and find a wedding cake designer near you in our local resource guide.

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