Written By: Shelby Smith, owner of Baking On The Bayou
The design process of a cake is strenuous and has many concepts that go into it, much like a model on a fashion runway. Elements that a Pastry Chef must analyze to have a successful product are: theming, sizing, and coloring, designing, and sparkling. The cake is on track to hit the spotlight wherever that may take it.
-The first step is making sure the cake fits the party theme. Although the act of creating a masterpiece takes time, designing it beforehand is the most crucial step. Decorators have to keep in mind shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.
-The second step is the internal design. It is extremely common to have pipes, metal rods, or wood to provide structure to an "out-of-the-box" cake; this takes time and trial and error to perfect. Wedding cakes require proper boards to hold each cake together as well as doweling material. If these are not present, cakes get bulges, lopsided, and messy. The most important part of internal design is the taste! Moistness, lightness, and flavors that rock taste buds are important to have in any cake; it may look good but it is no use if it does not taste good.
-The Third step in creating a cake masterpiece is baking, making fillings, and completing design work. This involves making and coloring fondant or icing, prepping cake boards, and cutting fondant designs. The cake is ready to be completed with your work once baked, stacked, iced, or coveted in fondant.
-Once cakes are completed it is necessary to get a professional photo which is step four. Taking pictures of cakes that the decorator would like to make again is the way to go. Through this picture is where he or she is able to market themselves out to future projects and customers.
-Step five is no less important than the rest. Delivering the cake and impressing people as well as providing top notch service is what drives that customer back or gains new customers.
These steps relate to a fashion show in similar ways:
Designing Show Theme
Impressions and Returning Audience
Cake and Fashion shows are fun to enjoy but require a great deal of work. The work designers put into each piece are worth it when they see bright, smiling faces next to their shining star!