Pearlescent Shades of Gray Cake

Oh for the love of simple sophistication.  There’s nothing like a cake with clean lines and a touch of romance to get your heart racing.  And that’s exactly what we have for you today.  Soft creamy white meets several shades of grey in this polished design created by Kristin Kirkpatrick , owner of Fat Girl Cakes in Virginia.  A textured grey sash, gathered with a delicate fantasy flower, creates a gorgeous focal point and reason alone to swoon.  And then there’s the pearls.  The oh-so-cultured pearls, dropping in for an extra touch of elegance.  Each one precisely placed and gracefully looping around the second tier.  Not to mention their reflection on the cake board.  Put it all together and you have this stunning Pearlescent Shades of Gray Cake.

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Kristin of Fat Girl Cakes gives us the scoop on her design:

“A few months ago I was invited to create a cake for Cake Central Magazine’s Pearlescent Shades of Gray feature. They sent a picture of a few inspiration items… a grey dress with some ruching and fabric flowers, a vase on a book, and bobbypins with pearls on the ends.  They requested a grey and cream colored cake that was on the simple side rather than the over-decorated/ornate side. I was in love with the idea and the inspiration items, so of course I agreed to create one.”

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More from Kristin of Fat Girl Cakes :

“I love tiers that aren’t white or tiers of color mixed in with white/light ones, so I knew I wanted to alternate the cream with the grey.  Of the inspiration items, the first item that struck me was the dress.  Even though I love rules and order (my degree is in mathematics), I don’t have the patience or desire to make botanically correct flowers and prefer to make fantasy flowers, so I wanted to incorporate the fabric flower.  I also wanted to simulate the ruching and chose to use the smocking roller along with some natural gathering.

The vase on the book didn’t speak to me, but the bobbypin with the pearl ends did.  I loved the way this tier turned out.  So many times I have an idea in my head and they just don’t quite come out the same, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.  I thought mimicking a similar pattern around the base of the cake was a neat way to finish the cake.  So many times we ignore the cake board, and decorating it, or at least covering it in fondant instead of foil, makes the cake that much more glamorous.”

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Grey Sash & Pearls by Fat Girl Cakes  |

Seriously, sometimes less is more.  And this design is a perfect example of refined simplicity.  A big thank you to Kristin Kirkpatrick  of Fat Girl Cakes for sharing her Pearlescent Shades of Gray Cake with us today.  It is beyond lovely!

Cake:  Fat Girl Cakes
Photography:  Kitt Creative

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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