Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Shells and swags

I've been in a black and white sketching mood lately, interested in line effects more than color effects for some reason. Pen, approx. 5" x 7".

Before sleek "modern" fondant-covered cakes took over in popularity in this country about 20 years ago, wedding cakes often looked like this elaborately floral, ruffled, swagged and tulled confection. There is something to be said for this style, though it does not appeal to many brides today. It takes a skilled cake decorator to do elaborate piping work such as this (and I find piping work a lot of fun, myself). It is a very romantic look that screams "bridal." As with so much in fashion, perhaps this look will come back in a few years, too!

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