Today it is possible to have very fancy decorations for cakes. If fact, it is often the cake that is the decoration. Instead of adding something to a generic cake design we design and construct a cake that is thee dimensional and colourful. It is almost a shame to eat it.
But there are some basic concepts that apply to all cake designs, from the simple to the elaborate. The right colours make all the difference.
Orange – fun, positive, security, stimulating.
Pink – tranquil, feminine, sensual.
White – Purity, neatness. Good for a background to other colours.
Brown – warm, organic. Popular with cakes because it is associated with chocolate.
Red – bold, energetic, masculine
Blue (dark) – smart and sophisticated. Calm
Yellow – optimism, bright sunniness.
Green – natural, stable.
Purple – luxurious, royal. Perhaps mystery.
Grey – Neutral, sometimes bland
Black – strength, but perhaps heavy and cold.
If we are creating a cake that is based on a cartoon image we probably won’t worry too much about colours; we just use the same colour scheme as the source image. Though we might still be putting this image on a background, so the background colour will have to be suitable. White is a safe bet. Pastel colours often work.
Almost any colour can work as trim on a white or pastel background. The effect of the colour is more subdued this case, but still effective.
Colour is part of any design. Think of the emotion that is appropriate for you event, and think of what colours go with this. This is a good starting point for any cake design.