Showcase Inspiration: Shannon Bond

In love with Shannon Bond’s spiral work of art from the March/April 2016 issue? Read on for more details about what inspired her, along with some of the images that spurred her design on.

“The original inspirations for my ‘Midnight Monet’ cake were inlaid designs found in jewelry created with gemstones and different types of metals. As I was gathering pictures, I also came across painted designs using swirls of color accented with silver. I started seeing swirls everywhere, from fashion inspiration to embellished fabric and artwork, I knew I had found the perfect inspiration for my piece!”

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“I still loved the inlaid technique and decided to try to combine both for the background base of my cake. I used spiral molds and cut each piece to fit into the next, creating an inlaid fondant design. I built upon the base design by adding colored spirals encrusted with hundreds of tiny silver seed pearls. Horizontal and vertical frilled ruffles are also accented with seed pearls to create additional layers of texture and movement. Various sizes of tiers add another Avant-Garde element to the unique shape of the cake.”

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More About Shannon:

My love for baking and decorating cakes began because of my children. The excitement in their eyes and the memories those moments held for our family inspired me to learn and create new techniques. Gradually, my designs took a more modern aesthetic, inspired heavily by my love of the arts and trying new recipes for all things sweet. The more I experimented, the more design became a part of my soul, Shannon Bond_Headshot_HPS_5438a way to create and express myself through sugar as my medium. In June of 2013, I opened my home based cake studio, Shannon Bond Cake Design, in Olathe, Kansas. I enjoy blending rustic, organic elements with delicate details from fashion and architecture, and am always looking for that unique inspiration which will become my next design.

I am honored to have had my designs featured worldwide in publications such as American Cake Decorating, Cake Masters, Cake Design France, DIY Weddings Magazine, Sweet magazine, Cake Central magazine and many online blogs and websites.


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