Our contributor, Allison Kelleher of AK Cake Design, is back with a gorgeous new design and some insight on her creative process.
Today I’m going to talk a little about one of my favorite topics – the process of creating.
Over the past few months, I’ve been obsessed with stripes. It started with my purple cake and a straightforward method for making horizontal stripes. With my black and white cake, the stripes morphed into something more organic and my embedding technique was born. I continued with my pink Valentine’s cake – experimenting with color and a more complex pattern. And I’ve most recently created this gradient-colors version, combining black and white with subtle color play.
I never planned on making these particular cakes or doing so in this particular order – they just evolved through working. For each cake, I used a base method or technique and then gradually built on it. You can find the basics of my method in this tutorial. I tried something a little different with every new design: tweaking the technique, experimenting with color and pattern, trying different possibilities. For me, this is a very natural way of working – finding something you’re drawn to and working through it until you’re ready to move on. And I feel like I still have a few striped cakes left to make. . . .
What about you? What process of creating works best for you? Let me know – I’d love to hear your thoughts!