Sketch to Cake: Beatriz Muller’s Bust of Louis XIV Bernini Inspired Wedding Cake

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Beatriz Muller

from Innisfil, Ontario, CA created a sophisticated white wedding cake for the Bernini issue of Cake Central Magazine Volume 8 Issue 1. Beatriz’s elegant white wedding cake was inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Bust of Louis XIV.


Bernini's sculptural portrait of Louis XIV of France has been called the "grandest piece of portraiture of the baroque age". The bust is on display at the Versailles Palace, in the Salon de Diane in the King's Grand Apartment.

Beautiful Baroque

The first thing that caught my attention when I saw the inspiration pictures was the Baroque walls that surround the statue and then the statue’s curly hair, which I automatically envisioned as piped scrolls.

Looking at those walls, I started writing notes and drawing a rough sketch as ideas flowed into my mind. I also knew right away that royal icing was the perfect medium to create ornate and intricate plant motifs, garlands and shells. I learned through a quick internet search, that Luis XIV was called the sun king, so I decided that the topper would be round, with piped scrolls, representing the sun and his hair. A damask stencil was my last addition to the sketch, a final touch to imitate the bust’s collar.

Measuring the cake was the most important step, as Baroque architecture is known for its symmetry and precision. I made paper patterns and marked the cake using pins, so I would know where to start, where to turn and where to stop piping the scrolls and lines. Once the base was done, then it was just a matter of adding depth by over piping the lines and scrolls, and adding leaves and beading.

I follow my sketch designs pretty closely, however I’m open to changing or adjusting the design when it doesn’t work. In this case, for example, I had to redraw the sphere design three times, because even though it looked beautiful on paper, when I went to glue the halves, the scrolls were not flowing or the centre sun was not aligned with the other side. In total, I piped that sphere seven times! I was ready to give up on it when on my seventh attempt, I was able to glue the halves in perfect alignment without breaking any of them. I didn’t have to make any changes to my original design, even though the topper gave me a headache.

Royal Icing and Piping 

are my passion. There are endless creative possibilities when using techniques like stencilling and over piping, and simple tools like a couple of piping bags and a few tips. I love Gothic, Rococo and Baroque art because it can be perfectly applied to royal icing techniques. This cake was a pleasure to design and to make.

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Your piping on this cake is exquisite. At first glance of the  smaller image of the cake I assumed the fine details and lines were extruded gumpaste. When I realized almost every single detail was hand piped I was ecstatic! Beatriz, your cake was one of my favorites in V8I1 of Cake Central Magazine. I cannot wait to see more of your work!


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