In celebration of the release of my new cake stand, the Little Miss Perfect, I asked some of my favorite Miss Perfect cake bakers to show off their sugar art and here we are debuting the new navy color called Moonlite Blue, too! Check out this dreamy cake from Nine Cakes:
I've been having a thing lately with watercolor and I love the subtle infusion of blue cascading down the tiers of this cake. It's so subtle and creates this wonderful, dreamy effect. And, how can we not just ogle at all those gorgeous, too-perfect-to-eat sugar flowers? My, oh my, this cake is pure joy on its own and it does double duty of highlighting the blue of the cake stand as well.
Betsy Thorleifson is the founder and sugar artist behind Nine Cakes, a boutique cake studio in Brooklyn, New York. Her cakes have graced the pages of Brides, Martha Stewart, The Knot, and many more. Betsy only uses simple ingredients of butter, sugar, flour, eggs, and cream in her glorious cake layers and fillings. She describes her flavors as "well-balanced layers of flavors, a cloud-like Italian meringue buttercream, nothing is overly sweet, and pure goodness sings through." Don't you love that? With her unique style and artistry, I was thrilled when she agreed to help me show off the Little Miss Perfect Cake stand and my newest color Moonlite Blue.
What was the inspiration for the cake design?
We've been getting lots of requests for weddings taking place out at the beach, and many requests for a subtle watercolor surface design. I thought the watercolor was a nice nod to the beach, without overt nautical references. And, the soft blues went perfectly with the navy cake stand.
Since we make cakes all the time, I thankfully don't find them challenging anymore. It's very fun and inspiring!
Which took longer to create, the perfectly smooth fondant cake tiers or the amazingly realistic sugar flowers?
The sugar flowers are always the most time-consuming part.
I love the complementary shades of blue between the cake and cake stand, and the gentle pinks, peaches and whites in the flowers soften the look into something dreamy.
If you could direct the next big trend in wedding cakes, what would it be?
I'm loving the more adventurous textures and arrangements in wedding cakes--the mix of a traditional seeming cake with updated elements like watercolor, unique texture, or new color palettes.
Which baking tool could you not live without?
The Little Miss Perfect is made of carbon steel and can easily support the weight of large, heavy cakes. It's available now in sizes 12 inch & 14 inch, and in colors white, gold and (new!) navy blue.