Here at The Select Bride we almost couldn’t believe our eyes when we came across these absolutely stunning wedding cake designs by Nevie-Pie Cakes. It is so refreshing to see such great execution of a stylish and modern alternative to the traditional wedding cake. We speak to designer, author and founder of Nevie-Pie Cakes Natasha Collins about her cakes and what inspires her…
Hi Natasha, tell us a bit about yourself and why you started Nevie-Pie Cakes…
My degree is in Graphic Design, although I specialised in illustration. After a year working as an illustrator, I spent 5 years working as a textile designer for a studio in Manchester, before moving to work for the new London office of a New York fashion design company, where I rose to become the Assistant Art Director.
While on maternity leave I needed a design challenge that would fit around my new life as a mother, and turned to my childhood love of baking. I found that I was putting more and more time and effort into creating spectacular cakes for my children. Frustrated with my poor piping skills I quickly discovered a technique for using food colours on fondant to create a painted cake. I could never have imagine the response these cakes would have created, and this led in 2008 to me starting my own company, Nevie-Pie Cakes, and beginning to bake and decorate professionally.
Now as well as creating cakes I travel around the world to teach my techniques and I have authored two book, The Painted Cake (available now) and The Homemade Wedding Cake (released in July) both are published by Murdoch books.
What is your favourite cake in the collection, and why?
My favourite cake is probably the ‘Shower The People You Love, With Love’ cake (see main image). This was inspired by a James Taylor song. My parents are big James Taylor fans and they have given me a love of his music too. I also love this cake because it uses my skills as an illustrator.