In celebration of the release of my newest cake stand collection, the Little Miss Perfect, I asked some of my favorite Miss Perfect cake bakers to show off their sugar art and, oh, you are in for a sweet surprise. Check out this beauty from the one and only, Maggie Austin:
This cake design features exquisite wafer paper appliques topped with a gumpaste peony arrangement in subdued tones for an overall magical effect.
Maggie's cakes have been seen all over the globe, from President Obama’s White House Christmas celebrations to elite Hollywood parties to royal weddings. Her designs display symmetry, elegance, and sophistication with the subtle yet unmistakable mark of haute couture. I couldn't be more excited when she agreed to help me show off the Little Miss Perfect cake stand. To make the moment even sweeter, I asked Maggie a few questions about her cake design and process:
What was your inspiration for this cake design?
This spring's runway is incredibly lush, with gorgeous layered appliqués and shimmering botanicals. I've been playing with wafer paper to achieve a translucent softness.
Oh, sugar flowers are always the most time-consuming. They are the reason I don't keep a clock in my studio!
What was your biggest challenge in making this cake?
I'm still learning how to work wafer paper. It's such a unique medium and I've only scratched the surface. I'm completely process-oriented so I love the exploration.
For me, a successful design is all about movement and proportion. This new stand is perfect for a delicate cake- the subtle elevation and simple lines make this another classic!
I religiously avoid looking at other designer's cakes because I find I work best within my own bubble. I love volume. More texture, more flowers, more color, more beauty!
I have a few (hope that's ok!). My trusty Kitchen Aid pasta roller for paper-thin gumpaste, my Agbay cake leveler for perfect cuts, and the miraculous Cake Safe for every single delivery.
Maggie Austin Cake
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.