Wonderful Downton Abbey Cake Inspired By Freda Dudley Ward’s Dress

Downton Abbey Cake inspired by Freda Dudley Wards dress

This Wonderful Downton Abbey Cake inspired by Freda Dudley Ward’s Dress was made for the Downton Abbey Themed Cake Collaboration – A Sweet Farewell To Downton.


Heba Elalfy

This Wonderful cake was made by Heba Elalfy from Sweet Dreams by Heba.

Here is Heba’s bio:

I was born in Egypt and am currently living in Florida.  I am the 40-year-old mother with two children.  I started on this cake journey because of my children.  I am so thankful for all my family and friends who’ve joined me and encouraged me this entire time. I continue seeking knowledge and growth through tutorials, videos and asking questions. Being part of this beautiful collaboration is a pleasure and an honor to be alongside such wonderful artists. My caking journey continues to bring me happiness and success, and the future looks bright! 🙂


Downton Abbey Cake inspired by Freda Dudley Wards dress 

Here is Heba’s description of her Wonderful cake:

My pick was the dress worn by Lady Freda Dudley Ward in the episode where Lady Rose is presented at Court in Season 4. Winifred “Freda”Dudley Ward was a real English socialite, best known for being the mistress of the Prince of Wales. 
The color of her dress caught my attention, and I fell in love.  I saw the various textures that I could translate into cake, and that’s how it began. The pleats on the bottom tier of my cake create the soft flowing feel of the dress, and provide a rich color as well. This color was achieved mainly through hand painting. The mid-section of the dress is full of sequins and beads in a deep gold color.  This was the most fun section to design. I used a texture mat forthe main part, and a hole punch to make those gold sequins that were then individually hand placed around the circumference of the middle tier. I used two different shades of gold.  The top tier was more a neutral color onto which I accentuated with piped royal icing string work, that was then hand painted a deeper color. Some non-pareils were placed for added femininity. I used two different molds to recreate her necklace. For the top of the cake, the first thing that came to mind looking at her head-wear was dogwood flowers, because of their delicacy. Finally, I decided to off-set the bottom and middle tier.