Sugar Peonies & English Roses

Today’s incredible cake was inspired by a love of peonies and English roses.  But not just any English rose.  The lovely English roses from David Austin Roses, a prestigious breeder whose roses are best known for their layers of petals, complex centers and garden rose appearance (making them a popular choice for today’s brides).  Trinh of Cake Avenue, captured the natural charm of a cottage garden and brought it to life in the form of sugar!  Beautiful, delicate blooms in dusty, pale pink and white.  Petite latte colored berries.  Romantic accents of vintage lace.  Dainty wisps of vine.  This design is simply gorgeous!  Prepare to swoon over this Sugar Peonies and English Roses Wedding Cake…

David Austin Sugar Roses & Peonies
Trinh of Cake Avenue shares the inspiration behind her design:

“My love for David Austin roses began nearly 12 years ago because they weren’t available for my wedding and so I started growing them in my garden.  You could say I’m a little bit obsessed.  I love their globular shape, their beautiful colours but mostly their thousands of ruffled petals and interesting centres!  They are very much like Peonies but their flowering season is much longer!!  So when the bride (my friend) asked me to make her cake and said I could use whatever flowers I wanted…David Austin sugar roses and Peonies where first on that list!”

David Austin Sugar Roses & Peonies

David Austin Sugar Roses & Peonies
More from Trinh about the creation of this cake:

“For the bride and groom, I wanted to create them a very romantic cake filled with beautiful blooms and lace to create an enchanted vintage garden feel.  The bride really loved the idea of elevated tiers blocked with flowers to add height to her cake.  She also wanted to incorporate dusty pink, white and latte colours into her wedding cake and although white and dusty pink were easy colours to work with, the latte was a little harder to incorporate…not a lot of latte coloured blooms available so I made a latte version of Snowberries that I have made many times before.  I like adding berries to an arrangement, they are quick to make and their round shiny shapes adds interest.  I also made lots of buds and small filler flowers to fill in gaps and added tendrils of twine to complete that enchanted garden look.  I kept the cake icing plain and simple so that the flowers could be the feature and finished each tier with a simple lace trim to add a vintage touch.

I also made the happy couple, a set of penguin figurines from fondant…the one and only request from the groom who likes penguins and only wanted one for himself to keep since she (the bride) had all the flowers to keep.  I decided to make him a pair of dancing penguins to match their jovial nature!  The penguins were a huge hit on the night with all the little kids!”

A huge thank you to Trinh of Cake Avenue for sharing her amazing Sugar Peonies and English Roses Wedding Cake with us today.  It is simply spectacular!

Cake:  Cake Avenue
Photography:  3.2.1 Photography
Reception Venue:  The Colebee Center

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    What a breathtaking cake! I am so envious of your detail work. I can’t make a gumpaste flower to save my life. Where did you learn it ?

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    Aimee says

    wow wow , amazing attention to details, I hope the bride did not felt jealous about the cake.. breathtaking…

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    Tracy says

    WOW! even if they were real flowers it would be amazing! But to be sugar!!! I wan this cake even if I’m not marrying…just ot sit and admire, and nibble from the other side! :)

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    My brother suggested I may like this blog. He was totally right.
    This post actually made my day. You can not imagine just
    how much time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

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