Our contributor, Rachael Teufel of Intricate Icings Cake Design, is here for the first post in our Design Tips series. Join Rachael as she shares a new cake while teaching us the basics of great design. This month’s topic is Inspiration.
Finding the right inspiration and designing an original cake can be tricky. This is partly why so many designs are simply duplicated rather than reinvented. Often our clients request design duplications, so cake decorators are not all to blame here, but it is important to encourage clients to put a personal touch on their own design whenever possible. Over the course of the next few months, I’m going to share some insight on inspiration, design, and creating your own style. Along the way, you’ll learn all about the principles of art and what it takes to create a stunning showpiece for any event.
Most designs are based on some type of inspiration. Whether it’s a person, place, an object, or a feeling — inspiration can truly be found anywhere. It can be simple or complicated. Typically our clients provide the inspiration. Attire, invitations, party decor, and flowers are probably the most common sources. But what if the client gives you free reign or better yet, you are designing for yourself. Where else can you look for inspiration? I’m always drawn to fashion, but home decor, architecture, fabric, jewelry, and other styles of art like sculptures, paintings, glass work and paper art provide a wonderful starting point for cake designs. Take a walk and look around, it’s likely you can find cake potential everywhere you look. Find something that catches your eye with an interesting pattern or color combination.
The inspiration you choose doesn’t have to be used in its entirety. A single element of the inspiration can be incorporated into the design, like the color scheme, pattern, or simply the shape. That’s what’s great about being inspired by something, it helps you think outside the box and bring new ideas to the table!
VENDORS & CREDITS
Cake : Intricate Icings Cake Design
Learn From This Baker : Inspired Design with Rachael Teufel at The Wilton School