Yesterday, The 12 Cakes of Christmas officially began! I’m thrilled to say that this is the second year for this cake series. And it is bigger and better than ever! Twelve days of beautifully festive cakes, created especially to inspire you to holiday greatness! Twelve talented bakers were asked to create innovative and elegant designs appropriate for both Christmas parties and winter weddings. And along the way, we get an up close look at what inspires this talented group. It’s 12 bakers baking…. it’s The 12 Cakes of Christmas!
The second cake in our series comes to us from Allison Kelleher, owner of AK Cake Design in Portland. You may remember Allison from previous features on our site (like this one and this one). She stole your hearts last year in The 12 Cakes of Christmas with her snowy white cake. And this year she’ll have you swooning again! Allison combines her refined sense of style with her love of patterns to create something truly spectacular! It’s time to put your coffee down and have a seat because today’s cake may simply take your breath away! It’s time for The 2nd Cake of Christmas!
In this lovely paper, Allison saw ornaments. Rows upon rows of interlocking, entwined ornaments. Gold, silvery, and bronze ornaments! And she was inspired to create her own brilliant ornaments! Each hand-painted with a soft metallic shimmer and precisely placed on a tall slender cake. The result is simply striking!
Allison of AK Cake Design shares the inspiration behind her design:
“My inspiration for this project was a beautiful holiday card I found in Paper Source. I fell in love with the pattern (of course!). Its subtle allusion to Christmas ornaments, and the rich gold and silver color palette.”
Allison of AK Cake Design talks about her technique:
“The entire cake is covered in the pattern, giving it a very formal look, but I’ve created a soft, organic feel within that formality. Each piece is hand-painted in a kind of watercolor technique using lush gold, silver, and bronze shimmer dusts. The pink roses are very slightly edged with gold and were added at the end, just to break up the pattern a bit.”
Somehow Allison hits on several hot trends for 2012, metallics and watercolor, while creating an eye-catching design that remains sophisticated and timeless. It’s a perfect combination of today, tomorrow and forever. Because while trends may come and go… gorgeousness is always in style. And this cake could not be more gorgeous!
Up tomorrow… The 3rd Cake of Christmas! Stay tuned!