Blossoming Inspiration

By Claire Lassam

My neighbourhood is a pillow of pink. The cherry trees are in full bloom right now, littering petals onto sidewalks, the roofs of cars, and our hair as we walk down the street. They are picked up on the bottoms of shoes and tracked into houses and apartments, and they find their way into my purse every time I walk beneath them.

Photo courtesy of Claire Lassam

Photo courtesy of Claire Lassam

There are few things better, after months of rain, than to see the streets lined in bright pink. It seems like an absolute celebration to me, this explosion of blossoms, and it was the inspiration behind this wedding dessert buffet.

For this project, I wanted to emphasize the soft pink of the cherry blossom, but with varying shades of pink, from a near white to a bright splash of the colour, all while retaining the softness of those petals.

Photo courtesy of Claire Lassam

Photo courtesy of Claire Lassam

I started with the idea for the cake with the hand painted flower branches, but I really didn’t want it to look busy, so I made a tall two-layer cake, filled it with rose buttercream frosting and covered the teetering layers with fondant. Then I painted just two branches on it and carefully brushed on the flowers, from small buds to lush blossoms in full bloom.

It was important to me to make the spread feel sophisticated and polished, to add some finesse to those wild blossoms, so I decided on two towers of Parisiene macarons to mimic the tall cake. I also chose to fade the colors and stack them in an ombre pattern, with the delicate French cookies ranging from deep pink to the softest near white. I then tried to echo the round shape of the flowers, and the soft overlapping chaos of the petals with the cascading pinwheels on the walls behind them.

The result is a fury of pink, from hand painted flowers, to brightly iced cupcakes, to the fitful paper displays behind them, and it captures the bright colours of these wildly blossoming trees with the sparseness of those first brave blooms, pushing their way into our spring skies.

Photo courtesy of Claire Lassam

Photo courtesy of Claire Lassam

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