“Absolute Works of Art Exquisitely Hand Sculpted in Sugar”
These are the words used to describe luxury wedding cake designer, Cakes by Krishanthi and they couldn’t be more appropriate.
Cakes by Krishanthi, which was founded in 2010, is recognised as one of the leading bespoke cake design studios in the world, working with some of the most prestigious wedding venues spanning the globe.
Even with a quick glance, you can tell that excellence is key across every single aspect of this business.
I first met Krish on a glorious styled shoot at St Audries, planned by the talented Tigerlilly Weddings. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Krish’s style, imagination and talent.
Attention to detail is what sets Krish apart. She personally oversees the entire production process, from the choice of organic ingredients through to the design and creation of the extraordinarily beautiful and delicately detailed sugar sculptures which have crystallised her reputation.
Arguably one of the most exciting elements of wedding planning, Krish has given us access into the world of luxury wedding cakes.
Q. Thanks so much for joining us, Krish. Let’s start by learning more about your business and how you approach the design process for each wedding cake?
Thanks, Sara. I am an artisan cake designer and I work exclusively with all my clients on a bespoke basis. Every cake I make is individually designed, baked and decorated by me.
The process starts with a consultation first (face to face or nowadays via Zoom). This is an opportunity for my clients and I to sit together to discuss their ideas and wishes, i.e. all the finer details such as colour palette, design concepts, flowers, other decorative details, any special dietary needs, wedding venue, etc.
Couples will also sample five of my delicious cake flavours which they would have pre-selected prior to our consultation. Following the consultation, I will then work on some sketches based on the brief what we discussed at the consultation and provide my clients with a quote.
This is the point where the ideas materialise into designs. The design process starts with a few sketches; inspiration may come from my previous cake designs, nature/flowers, wedding stationery, wedding venue, etc.
Q. Which venues do you tend to work mostly with?
I deliver UK wide, but primarily to the Cotswolds, e.g. Aynhoe Park, and London venues such as The Lanesborough, The Dorchester, The Ritz, The Ned and FS Trinity Square and also to Cliveden House in Berkshire.
Q. What do you tend to find are the most popular flavours?
Lemon and elderflower (Meghan and Harry made it very fashionable), vanilla bean sponge layered with raspberry coulis and white chocolate buttercream, pistachio layered with rose petal jelly/buttercream and dark chocolate sponge layered with salted caramel and buttercream.
Q. How do you make the icing sugar flowers?
This is a very lengthy process, requiring a lot of patience, which is something many people do not realise. My style is elegant cakes with delicately handcrafted sugar flowers.
Over the years I have built a reputation for cakes with beautiful sugar flowers and my couples come to me because of this. The process of making a single sugar rose can take up to 2-3 hours. Each petal is prepared individually, which involves rolling out the flower paste very thinly, cutting, veining, sculpting, assembling and colouring.
I like to make my sugar flowers that look as realistic as possible, which means you spend more time on working on individual flowers. For those who are interested in learning to make realistic looking flowers I offer 1-1 and group classes at my studio.
Q. What’s the cake you are most proud of?
I have an array of cakes that I have designed that I’m most proud of, ranging from a Midsummer Night’s Dream to the grand cakes adorned with 1000s of delicately handcrafted sugar flowers.
The proud moment comes when I have delivered and set up the cake, seeing the final work on display. I always take a last glance of my work before I leave the room as they are all very special to me.
Q. Describe your dream client request?
I love working with clients who are open to ideas, easy to interact with, have a luxury budget, and place their trust in me to deliver a delicious piece of art on their special day.
I am delighted to work with such clients who bring out the best creative side in me. These are the kind of clients who come with dream requests for cakes that ooze style and grandeur. These could be classic or modern cake designs with lots of beautiful sugar flowers, beautiful flavour combinations, and gorgeous colour palettes.
Q. Trends for 2021?
We will see an increase in intimate weddings as couples are choosing for a more intimate celebration surrounded by their nearest and dearest (partly as a result of the pandemic).
The celebrations may be small but the couples will still want to have a lavish celebration in a smaller gathering. Whilst some may opt for a more natural and relaxed decor with lots of greens, paler shades of blues, blush/lilacs and whites, others will go for a much more vivid hues, e.g. fuchsia, orange, yellow, teal and coral.
You’ll see these colours on wedding invitations, table settings to fresh florals and will carry through onto the cake.
“Krishanthi would always be my go to for an extravagant but elegant show-stopping cake, so beautiful it seems a shame to have to slice it up! We have collaborated on numerous cake/shoot projects. Her attention to detail is second to none – that combined with her phenomenal intricate sugar sculpting makes for a cake that looks like the most incredible work of art, they literally take your breath away“
ELIZABETH EDWARDS, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT CONDÉ NASTE BRIDES
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Venue – St Audries, Somerset
Planner – Tigerlilly Weddings
Photography – Sara Cooper Photography
Film – White Villa Weddings
HMUA – Chloe GH Bridal
Cakes – Cakes by Krishanthi
Florals – Blooming Haus
Stationary – Hannah Watts