Making Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year, Ultra Violet work for you!

According to Pantone the 2018 colour of the year is Ultra Violet. I’ve read that various cake makers and others in the wedding industry were gutted when this was released, as being asked for “Cadbury’s” purple is not normally associated with up to date design ideas.

So can a purple wedding be hip, cool and on trend? I’m completely convinced that it can, so long as it’s used well.

I’ve done a good old bit of Pinterest research to show that Ultra Violet can be Ultra Cool. And although shades of violet aren’t my personal go to colour of choice, since doing this research, I’m becoming hooked! There are so many hues in this area of colour which can inspire incredible wedding schemes and it doesn’t need to be lilac or Cadbury’s purple.

I saw these beautiful donuts decorated with fresh edible flowers on Instagram last year and a bit of stalking revealed that their maker; Nectar and Stone has the most incredible edibles, including many featuring ultraviolet hues.

The drinks and ice cream cone are both by Nectar and Stone. Blossom confetti by Shropshirepetals.com.


I love the use of delicate edible flowers on the donuts and drinks. I’m lucky to have a rather brilliant grower of beautiful micro herbs and flowers right here in Norfolk. I’m determined to get some of these edible flowers from Nurtured in Norfolk onto my cakes this year.


Mood Boards

I used to make mood boards when I was art art college, it was always a starting point for gathering visual inspiration, colours, textures and materials. Only recently I’ve started making mood boards to gather resources that inspire me with ideas for new cake designs. It helps to see things together rather than my usual sporadic photos and note books full of ideas. Here are few digital mood boards I put together with Ultra Violet in mind.

I’m totally loving the use of agate slices as place cards here, linking beautifully with the amethyst geode cake.

Combining Colours

With my art and design background combining colours comes naturally to me but throughout my years of teaching and while talking and working with clients, I realise that this is not the case for everyone. If you struggle with putting colours together my advice would always be to look to nature first. Even the most unusual colour pairings which might sound a bit out there, have almost certainly been done before by mother nature! I was once asked to make a cake in a ladies favourite colours; orange and purple. At first I couldn’t think how I could make them work together but just typing ‘orange and purple colour scheme’ into Google Images brings up a whole host of interesting visual resources for i