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Cakes Art

West Hartford artist Sandy Welch has been leaving her brushstrokes, all over our community for the past 15 years. Whimsical and beautiful, her mixed media works capture subjects that range from cool chicks to outrageous stilettos to wedding cakes. Her wedding cake paintings are a much better keepsake for the bride and groom than a year-old top layer wedding cake with freezer burn.

“I have to be passionate about what I paint,” said Welch. Recently, while flipping through a bridal issue of Town & Country magazine, she fell in love with a photograph of a wedding cake designed by cake maker extraordinaire Sylvia Weinstock. She was so inspired that she began creating her own version of the cake, in acrylics.

Welch shows her work at Per Se Aveda Salon Spa in Blue Back Square. She was commissioned by a groom to paint a portrait of his new bride. Welch’s paintings have been auctioned off at countless charity events and her “Ruthie Davis” shoe painting, named for the shoe designer, will hang at the New Britain Museum of American Art during its Spring Gala.

Trends take the Cake We may live in the heart of conservative Connecticut, but looking at some of the newest wedding cake designs you might think we were in L.A. For a recent wedding at The Aqua Turf, Bolo Bakery of Plainville created a Lady Gaga cake complete with branches, feathers and “shards of broken glass” made from hardened caramelized sugar. The request for the large cake was, “The funkier the better!”

Cupcake towers are hot both at bridal showers and on the “Big Day.” Often with frosting that mimics the colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers, cupcakes are finding their way to both sophisticated venues and the more informal beach wedding. Brides and grooms who want something a bit more substantial to cut into top the tier with a six-inch cake. Couples are also making a statement with cakes with colored icing. Pastels such as lilac, mint green and soft blue are popular. Carla Sardelli of Modern Pastry in Hartford’s South End has seen many trends come and go. Still popular are ribbon accents at the base of each tier, scroll working and glamorous crystal cake banding.

Many couples personalize their cake with their monogram on top. Their three initials together or one bold initial of their last name in crystals announces them as the new married couple.

Both fresh and silk flowers are never out of fashion so add a colorful broach on the ribbon. Treasure a family heirloom that an older family member wore? Why not incorporate that piece of tradition into your theme? Whatever you choose to do, make it a memory you will cherish forever.