Add drama to a plain iced cake with tissue-paper flowers in a cascade of colours to match your theme.
1 Cut a 15cm x 70cm piece of tissue paper. lie it flat and fold the 15cm edge in at 2cm intervals, until you have a thick rolled strip.
2 Cut a rounded edge at one end and unfold.
3 Holding the tissue 2.5cm in along one 70cm edge, gather the paper in a circular motion until you have a flower shape (tease out the 'petals' as you go). pinch the tissue where it's gathered to create the centre of the flower.
4 Tie a piece of wire around the centre and trim the excess tissue paper with scissors.
5 To create a flower with a contrasting centre, repeat stage 1. at stage 2, instead of cutting a curve into one end, make multiple cuts for a fringe effect and then follow step 3. Using paper in another colour, follow steps 1 & 2. For a two-tone bloom, wrap it around the fringed flower, secure with wire and trim the end.
6 Make a selection of flowers and use pins to arrange them on the cake in a cascade effect.
Cake, £550 (serves 140; available in vanilla, lemon, orange, chocolate, fruit and carrot), the Cake Parlour. Tissue paper, £1.50 for five sheets, paperchase. Fine silver-plated wire, £1.51 for 10m, Fred aldous. pins, £3 for 100, John Lewis
As seen in the January/February 2012 issue of Brides