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1930s Style Wedding Cake

by Geraldine Dahlke


Re-create the elegance of the 1930s on this delicate two-tier wedding cake.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a wonderful library of wallpapers spanning many centuries. This delicately decorated wedding cake was inspired by a beautiful design from their 1930s collection.


  1. Preparation
    Prepare and cover the cakes and make the plaques.
  2. Piping the Stems
    Colour the royal icing and pipe the stems onto the cakes.
  3. Brush Embroidery
    Add the leaves, buds and petals using the brush embroidery technique.
  4. Deccorating the Plaques
    Pipe the inscriptions onto the plaques.
  5. Piped Flowers and Leaves
    Pipe the blossoms and clover leaves onto the cakes.
  6. Completing the Cakes
    Place the cakes onto the boards and secure the plaques and piped flowers to the cakes.

Occasion: Wedding
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Featured in Summer 2009 issue

Project by Geraldine Dahlke

Geraldine Dahlke

author of 1930s Style Wedding Cake

Geraldine Dahlke began her career as an artist, having studied at Coventry College of Education and Warwick University. It was here that she found a passion for weaving, from small, richly coloured freestanding tapestries to huge, hanging structures. Geraldine went on to receive her master’s degree in education from Sheffield University and became a Deputy Head in London’s East End. Geraldine started creating cakes for her two children, which quickly grew into a business carving novelty cakes, special occasion cakes and wedding cakes. As demand spiralled, Geraldine took a break from running her business to focus on home life, and signed up for sugarcraft classes at Brooklands College. With Chris Jeffcoate as her tutor, Geraldine found the freedom and encouragement to experiment with her own style: cakes with sculptural and fabric qualities. On leaving college Geraldine started the Taste of Art group and together they exhibited sugarcraft creations in art galleries, long before sugar became accepted by the general art world and cake-making became commercialised. With members from as far as New Zealand and Canada, many of the artists are now well-recognised names around the world, including Lindy Smith, Gary Chapman and Paddi Clark. Specialising in creating woven-pattern effects in sugarpaste, Geraldine is the author of The Book of Patterned Pastes (B. Dutton Publishing) and has had her sugar art exhibited in the fountain near Hampton Court as well as at the Eat Art exhibition. She has received much industry recognition including winning gold at Salon Culinaire and being awarded the City and Guilds silver medal for excellence, among others. Geraldine also demonstrates, teaches and judges at international exhibitions in the UK.