Autumn with Amerton Cakes
By Kate Palmer-Irani
Amerton Cakes launched back in 2007 and is a mother-and-daughter team making beautiful minimalistic wedding cakes with a focus on amazing sugar flowers and textured tiers. They have a real flair for choosing beautiful color palettes, pulling inspiration from interior design and architecture.
Their cake shop is based on Amerton Farm in Staffordshire, which is a small rural retail complex of shops serving the local community in the U.K. There’s more than 15 cake designs available to view in their barn-style shop, which feels really cozy and welcoming. Eileen (mom) focuses on the baking and Lucy (daughter) liaises with the clients, designs cakes, and finishes the cakes with their detailed sugar flowers and decorations. They personally hand-deliver over 100 wedding cakes across the three counties.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with them for three years, and I couldn’t wait to photograph their new cake called “Blake” for autumn. I used warm cream tones for the editing style of the images to give a soft earthy feel, perfect for this time of the year.
Lucy at Amerton Cakes says:
“This design is called ‘Blake.’ We name each of our designs to make it easy for our customers to reference. We created this design with a color palette of copper, nude, sage green, and a hint of gold leaf and introduced some different effects to make each tier have a completely different finish. There is a more structural bold element to one tier, but then a softer, more romantic element to another with a watercolor finish, which creates a lovely contrast of simplicity and texture. The colors on the cake are more muted, which is a classic style of our cakes. The sugar flowers are the statement on this design, and we added a subtle element of some dried flowers to achieve a more bohemian look.”
Top tip from Lucy for creating perfect sugar flowers:
“Use several shades of the same color to create each flower and fade the color out to create a more realistic look. Roll the paste extra thin so they are delicate rather than heavy, but make sure you leave each petal to dry a little so they keep their nice shape and are easier to work with.”
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