'Cake stencils are a great, cost-effective way of adding texture and detail to a design, as well as a touch of elegance,' says Emma Drew, www.cakemaison.co.uk.


Intricate lattice details give this all-white cake added charm whilst sugar flowers look particularly grand with a matching real flower arrangement as a backdrop.

(From left) Four-tier vanilla bean cake, £1,125 (serves 200), www.sugaredsaffron.co.uk. Cake stand, £55.95, www.borrowedblueboutique.com. Red velvet and salted caramel cake, £465 (serves 60), www.cakemaison.co.uk. Cake stand, £34, www.houseology.com. Carrot and hazelnut garden rose lattice cake, from £725 (serves 120), www.littleboutiquebakery.co.uk. Cake stand, similar £10, www.wilko.com. Floral backdrop (includes Princess Charlene, Caramel Antike, Cream Piaget, Sweet Perfumella, Irish Hope, Chandos Beauty and Margaret Merril David Austin roses), from £500, supplied by www.realflowers.co.uk and designed by www.paularooney.co.uk. Pink runner, similar £9.99, www.rakuten.co.uk. Table, £6.20; tablecloth, £7.90, and cake slice, 62p, to hire, www.co-ordination.net.