We haven’t talked about wedding cake in a while, so we’re bringing you that … and what you may want to think about doing with that cake.
From delicate sugar ruffles, candied edible flowers, decadent drizzles and even gold leaf, these gorgeous cake style ideas will make a big sweet statement.
Just about anything can inspire your wedding cake design—the ornate touches in your reception venue room or area, your joint love of modern décor or even the pattern from the china you just registered for. And a clever cake artist can help pull all of this together for your big day.
Wedding cake is important, y’all!
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Metallic Cakes – Metallics are big for everything from stationery to reception table flatware—and cakes are no exception.
We’re not talking about a gold and silver vintage style, but more a stylized and glamorous art-deco or old-Hollywood look.
The best part about metallics? They can adapt to pretty much any style: Delicate embroidery in gold feels opulent while geometric shapes create a fresh, modern feel. If an entire tier is too much glitz for you, consider adding a little allover sparkle.
Fine edible glitter (think: pixie dust) can give a decorative sheen to your cake without overpowering the whole design.
Ruffled Cakes – For an utterly elegant confection, choose the subtle flair of sugar ruffles.
The look is light, airy and needs very little added detail. Finish it off with fresh flowers in between each tier or a few sugar flowers on top.
Naked Cakes – Still one of the most popular cakes around.
With this deconstructed wedding cake, your mouthwatering fillings will be on full display. Fresh berries work well for a summertime wedding, while seasonal fruits, like apples, pears, persimmons or blood oranges, are ideal in winter and fall. Your baker will know what’s best and when.
The best thing about a naked cake is that it’s a feast for the eyes and the appetite—especially for a rustic or more low-key celebration (although that’s definitely not to say you can’t dress it up).
White-on-White Wedding Cakes – White wedding cakes will never go out of style.
Think a plain white cake is boring? Not so fast.
The fresh new way to do a white wedding cake is to add interesting all-white embellishments.
Dress up tiers with details like piped embroidery, quilted fondant, fresh or sugar flower cascades, or jeweled embellishments (we love petals or even pearls).
You can also jazz up this pure neutral with dynamic tiers in nontraditional shapes like hexagons, ovals or a geometric mix, or try combining tiers of varying heights for an unexpected side view.
Painted Wedding Cakes – Oh, my! THIS is a look we’ve loved since the watercolor wedding cake first became a “thing.”
Take a cue from what many invitation designers are doing and ask your cake baker to get a little artsy with your cake design. In fact, a clever baker can take your wedding invitation and bring that theme and design through to your wedding cake.
We’re talking marbleized, stained-glass or even Monet-inspired wedding cake designs.
Pair those hand-painted tiers with solid-colored layers or even simple flower accents. For a painted cake design that’s very intricate, keep the tiers simple and stick to all one shape (either all classic round tiers or all square).
Woodland Wedding Cakes are always a hot commodity.
With the Boho, rustic, and farm style wedding themes being so very popular – not to mention secure in their trendiness – earthy, whimsical wedding cakes have virtually unlimited possibilities.
Of course, you want your cake to taste as good as it looks. A natural, minimalist woodland aesthetic is a great way to let the cake and frosting do all the talking.
Sugar Flower Bouquet Cakes – Flowers, both fresh and sugar-made, go hand in hand with wedding cakes.
For an updated spin on wedding cake flower accents have your baker cluster sugar flowers into one or several mini bouquets on your cake. The flower bouquet works best on a muted cake base color, like ivory, peach or mint. Finish off the tiers with a metallic trim, or even a beveled lace treatment, for a look that’s simple, clean and classic.
If you’re going for a homespun, relaxed vibe, ask your baker to smother your wedding cake in delicious buttercream frosting.
Many bakers are receiving lots of requests for rustic iced buttercream layers with flecks of vanilla bean in the icing or textured piping that looks and tastes delicious but isn’t perfect. For the more polished version, opt for buttercream with alternating pleated, smooth, and quilted finishes.
Cutting the cake?
“What about it?” you ask.
When it comes to crunch time, you’d be surprised at how many couples get a little lost when it comes to cutting their wedding cake. If you are including this sweet tradition at your wedding, here’s all the wedding cake-cutting know-how you need.
The wedding cake has long been a symbolic detail—the tradition of breaking the cake over the bride’s head dates back to the Ancient Romans. Customs evolve with the times, of course, and today the ceremonial cutting of the wedding cake has remained a popular and meaningful wedding reception activity.
It presents couples with a beautiful, memorable photo opportunity, and symbolizes the couple’s first task as wedded humans.
Many couples decorate their dessert with a festive and personal cake topper.
Use a traditional miniature or look for something modern and unique to suit your style. Some couples throw it way back and include vintage Victorian cake charms or a Southern ribbon pulling ceremony for good luck.
One of our team members – one half of a couple who love to fish – used a wonderful and entirely whimsical water globe with fly fishing frogs inside. Their cake artist incorporated a woods and river theme, creating a cake that was truly a work of art.
Even if you think you’re a pro at cutting sweets—at birthday parties or entertaining—check with your cake baker or caterer for special instructions to make the first cut. You wouldn’t want to place the knife in the wrong spot and cause the delicate tower to topple over. Your baker will often recommend you cut from the bottom tier.
This might sound obvious, but remember to use the knife, not the server, for the quickest and cleanest cut. (The slice can be modest since you really only need two bites’ worth.)
Slide the slice onto the server, then place it on a plate. Use the knife to cut the slice into two small pieces. You can each take your pieces from the same plate for the ceremonial cake smooshing.
Smashing is optional! (But oh, so fun!)
Once the initial piece is cut, the newlyweds usually feed each other the first slice, symbolizing their commitment to provide for one another. In some cases, this moment is replaced by a different tradition: smashing cake into each other’s faces.
How you feed each other the cake is up to you but remember—you don’t need to smear frosting on your new spouse simply because you think your guests expect it. You just had your hair and makeup done and you’re probably both in pricey outfits—don’t risk any staining if you don’t want to.
Either way, ask your baker or caterer to have napkins (or even a warm, damp cloth) nearby to wipe up any rogue crumbs and frosting quickly.
And! Why waste perfectly good cake?
The cake cutting is often one of moments that wedding photographers love the most.
Before the celebration, be clear and specific with them about your shot list. Do you want the traditional posed shot of the two of you cutting the cake together, or do you prefer a more candid, documentary-style one? Is a close-up of your hands on the knife important, or are you only interested in the big picture?
Nailing down these must-have photos will steer your pro in the right direction so you can be totally in the moment instead of worrying about whether or not they’re capturing the right shots.
Once you’ve cut the cake, the catering staff will take over and often bring it back into the kitchen to slice for the rest of your guests.
Couples used to freeze the top tier of their wedding cake for their first anniversary or at their baby announcement.
Today, many still opt to save a tier or even a few slices to enjoy on their first anniversary, Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve together.
In the past, couples actually sent their guests home with cake, or sent pieces to those unable to attend.
While this tradition isn’t as common anymore—replaced by separate favors—it’s still a nice gesture (and a great way to avoid wasting cake) to offer boxed slices for guests at the end of the evening as a sweet takeaway.
Come on over here to check out some fab wedding invitations that can easily carry over into your cake design.
Have you not completely decided on your wedding stationery? If not, we’re here to help you with that! Fran is awesome and is entirely enchanting with her designs. Schedule a consultation to chat with her here.
We know it’s all going to come together in a magical and perfectly memorable way to create, truly, your very own happily ever after!