Whether you’re a traditionalist or want to try something new, discover how to add a touch of bespoke elegance to your cake with tips from stylist Alice Hart and M&S flowers editor Emma Sleight
A beautiful arrangement of flowers cascading down a traditional wedding cake will always be a bridal classic, but why not update a traditional look with a modern tumble of ombre colour?
Choose flowers in graduating shades of one colour from your bridal bouquet so the finished cake fits in with your overall scheme. Use an array of blooms, from tight buds to open flowers, to add texture and snip their stems close to the head. To create a waterfall, tuck and pin individual blooms in a gentle curve across the front of your cake – don’t forget to remove the pins when you serve it! Begin with the largest flowers to set the shape before filling in with smaller buds. The palest flowers should sit at the top, gradually getting darker as you reach the bottom layers. Repeat until you have a tumble that reaches the base.
Alternatively, try the cascading effect with angel hair ferns and ivy (). Watch the how-to video for more advice on decorating with flowers.
One of the biggest trends of 2017 is opting for foliage over flowers. There’s something about the fresh hint of green against pristine white that really shows off an elegant cake at its best.
Start by wrapping white lace around the base of your cake and then gather a selection of foliage in varying shades and shapes, not forgetting to double-check that you’ve picked plants that aren’t poisonous – your florist will be able to help if you’re unsure. Clusters of silvery eucalyptus, plummy nasturtium and fronds of rosemary look beautiful nestled on the layers of a tiered cake, and they smell lovely too.
Succulents are great for decorating, as they have visual impact and don’t need any water, so they stay fresh all day. Discover how to make a statement with succulents in our how-to video.
It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to adorning a plain cake with flowers, but sometimes it’s helpful to remember that less can be more.
Start with the basics and select one or two of your favourite blooms from your bouquet. Take four or five stems, snip close to the head of the flowers and place on your top tier for maximum impact. You can scatter petals from the same blooms around the base of your cake, too, to really show off your floral colour scheme against all that white.
Watch our video packed with handy tips from food and flower stylist Alice Hart on how to get started with styling you own cake.