Today is day two in our new cake series, The 4 Cakes of July! Four talented bakers were asked to create new designs inspired by the 4th of July holiday. To bring the beauty and colors of the American flag to life in a sophisticated cake design like none we had seen before. And today’s cake is vintage elegance defined!
This second American beauty comes to us from Erin Gardner of Erin Bakes. You may remember Erin from previous features on our site (like her rainbow cake and her honeycomb cake). Erin’s vintage-inspired creation takes you back to small town America on Independence Day. White picket fences lined with the stars and stripes. Flag waving children eagerly awaiting the upcoming parade. The fire truck making its way down main street, siren blaring, to start the festivities. It’s pure patriotic fun! And it’s The 2nd Cake of July!!
Erin shares the inspiration for her design:
“For this cake I was inspired by a “vintage” 4th of July. Instead of bright colors, I chose more muted tones of burgundy, navy and ivory. I love to draw inspiration from fabric, so I decided to wrap the bottom tier in striped red, white and blue bunting. Something similar to what you’d see swagged from railings and porches along a parade route.
To top the cake I created a layered textured bow in alternating stars and stripes. The center of the bow is finished with a brushed gold bunting. To keep the focus on the ribbon and bow details, I kept the base of the cake clean with a smooth ivory finish. The edges are finished with ivory cords along the top and middle tiers and a red, white and blue twisted cord around the bottom tier.”
I love everything about this cake! The rich burgundy and deep blue perfectly contrast the soft ivory base. From the draped bunting to the intricate stars-and-stripes bow, this cake is magnificent! Its refined elegance puts a whole new spin on flag bunting and is vintage Americana at its best. Simply put, it is fabulous!