I am very happy to be finally be able to share with you the cake I made a few months ago for the ‘A Sweet Farewell to Downton’ Collaboration.
For the design of this cake I was inspired by a detail on the dress worn by Lady Mary’s American maternal grandmother, Martha Levinson (played by Shirley MacLaine), in Downton Abbey Season 3. I chose this 1920’s style black dress as my inspiration because when I saw the lovely design on the bodice of the dress I immediately thought of brush embroidery, which is one of my favourite cake decorating techniques. A detail of this design has been brush embroidered on this two tier black cake and embellished with the addition of edible silver pearls. I added the flower to the top tier of the cake as an added feminine touch. I chose an all black background not only because the dress which inspired me is black but also to give the cake a more dramatic and striking effect.
You can see my work and the work of all the other amazing cake artists who participated in this collaboration at https://www.facebook.com/DowntonAbbeySweetTribute/
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Photography – Joseph Debattista
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