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SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015
It s that time of year again when wed-
ding bells chime loud and blushing
brides and grooms exchange heartfelt
I do s.
This year, tradition has gone out the
window as Trini brides turn to less tra-
ditional colours, cakes, themes.
Black, purple or dark blue hues---once
frowned upon when incorporated in wed-
dings and referred to as "funeral
colours"---are now widely embraced and
form part of trending themes at many
nuptials this year.
As Michelle Sohan, managing
director/cake artist at Bakery Treatz, Rod-
ney Road, Endeavour, Chaguanas,
explains, nothing is off the table when it
comes to cakes, themes or wedding decor.
She said there has been a lot more
experimentation with wedding colours
and thus far, she has done silver/chrome
coloured cakes, whole purple coloured
cakes, and cakes with black designs.
"I am very happy because brides have
become more creative and that falls right
into my lap because I love being creative.
I love being different, I love doing things
that people have not seen before. I want
when a bride sees a picture of her cake,
she says oh that was mine and that is
really important because the brides do
bring in designs of what they like and
we do work with suggestions, but we try
to incorporate different aspects," Sohan
She said Bakery Treats can bring a
bridal theme to life with its cake designs.
"What we have seen is a lot more
metallic colours, before gold and silver
were just added on as a piping, or just
touches on flowers, now they are going
with full metallic cakes. Last week, I did
one three-tier silver cake and it looked
She said there was still a lot of pastels,
dusty-looking rose pinks and greens that
are being used as well with a white base.
"We have also gone to the very extreme
side like the navy blues and bright fuchsia
pinks. These we can incorporate into a
white cake which would be the base. Then
we have the other types of cakes we have
seen which is the ruffles, that is along
the fashion line, and that are the main
trends," she said.
Cakes are a bride's
Brides, she said, begin the wedding
planning process long in advance of the
date which makes it easier for her and
her team when they have to do their cake
"Brides are now a lot more organised,
they do not follow the basic Trinidad
trends of waiting last minute for that
cake, because that is probably one of the
most important cakes that they will ever
have in their lives. Celebrating their new
beginning, the cutting and sharing of the
cake and the symbolism of it," she said.
The wedding cake, which is the cen-
trepiece at a wedding or reception, is no
longer dessert, but has become a creative
element of the decor at nuptials.
Often the cake table is illuminated and
accompanied by fountains and other
Sohan said the cake was a creative out-
let for the brides.
She noted that another trend that has
been picking up steam is fashion design
"Fashion incorporated from the bride s
dress, the lace, the jewelry, maybe a spe-
cific pattern or the way the bustier (top)
falls and then we have had saris. Last
year, we started doing the Indian minions,
and it is quite popular. I am happy that
it is not just the Trinidadians who are
appreciating it," she added.
Sohan said with the advent of social
media, Food Network and wedding tel-
evision programmes like---Say Yes to
The Dress and Four Weddings, Trinida-
dian brides have been able to move from
the traditional way of thinking to actually
looking at trends and updating their
"They are actually coming with foreign
material," she said.
Even the types of cakes used for wed-
dings have evolved.
The fruitcake is not popular any more,
"Long time ago, you could not do a
cake without a fruitcake. Now when you
have a multi-tier cake you would have
one cake done in fruitcake, usually the
small one for the bride and groom to
keep for their first anniversary.
"However, you find the flavours like
cookies and cream, amaretto, chocolate
fudge and piña colada are used. The
flavours are different, there are a lot of
choices now. Quite a few of the cakes are
being served, if not at the reception, they
are serving it on the second Sunday as
dessert," Sohan added.
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...Cakes become creative outlet for weddings
Director and Cake
Artist of Bakery
Sohan puts the
finishing touches on
a wedding cake
during an interview
at her Bakery Treatz
Sohan is the winner
of the Expert Cake
Division of the
South Florida Cake
and Candy Expo
(Soflo) which was
held earlier this year,
in Florida, USA.
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