We had SO many lovely cakes to choose from, but Rose Atwater’s ethereal red creation was the hands-down favorite for the cover of our March/April issue. Take a closer look at the details and read about what inspired Rose to create this whimsical wafer paper design.
“I’ve always had a thing for a pretty red dress. When researching for a design, I didn’t focus on any particular dress for inspiration but rather looked at dozens (if not hundreds) of beautiful & unique dresses. There were two elements that seemed to draw my attention over and over again… ruffles and flowers.”
“I knew I wanted to use those elements but not in a traditional fashion. I started by choosing wafer paper as my primary medium and airbrushing half of my wafer paper bright red. I didn’t want any straight lines so I began tearing my paper into random pieces and layering them onto the cake. I made two ‘flowers’ by using small styrofoam balls, then layering piece after piece of torn red wafer paper over itself until it was covered, then I allowed some to only be partially attached and folding out to give the the look of petals.”
“I used a similar technique for the ruffles on the sides and the topper… tearing off pieces of wafer paper, then pinching it on one side to get a rough, ruffled effect.”
“Keeping with the look and to add a ‘hat’ to my dress – I used small gauge wire randomly on top of the cake. I added little ruffles to each one and for the last, I completely covered the wire with ruffles and attached one of my flowers to the end. I really wanted my cake to represent modern fashion by being very organic and edgy!”
More About Rose
Rose Atwater is the owner and artist at RoseBakes.com, where she shares beautiful cakes, cake decorating tutorials, tips, recipes, sweet deals and inspiration! She has been married to her college sweetheart for almost 20 years and is a homeschooling mommy to six kiddos ages 4 to 18. When she isn’t chasing, transporting or feeding her family, she loves to take pictures (of things besides cakes), read a good book, and laugh till it hurts. She also blogs at RoseAtwater.com.