Magnificent Magnolia

When I was young, my family would visit cousins in Arkansas who had a farmhouse with a large wrap around porch.  The adults would sit on the porch and catch up while the children would climb the biggest magnolia tree I’ve ever seen.  It was the most magnificent tree and I made such fun memories among its branches.  When we create a wedding cake with sugar Magnolias, I am always brought back to that tree and the memories created there.  And this cake was no exception.

This cake is a 4-tier cake with a jumbo bottom tier and a single layer tier above it, which will serve about 125 people.  The different size layers make this traditional cake a little more modern.  Each tier of this cake is iced smooth and stacked.  We painted a gold stripe on the second tier to pull in the metallic accents of the room. We added hand-piped petite lace piping to the top and bottom tiers to add some romance and softness to the clean lines.

We then added the Magnolia, which is a sugar flower that is made petal by petal.  We kept the petals white, but painted the center gold to coordinate with the rest of the metallic accents.  Faux wisps of greenery were added to give the flower a more natural look.  We placed the cake on a gold pedestal to complete the look at Dream Point Ranch.

The Magnolia is definitely the focal point of this cake.  We hope it conjures happy memories of the occasion just as the magnificent Magnolia tree from my childhood does for me.