There was a time when Wedding Cakes
were fruit cakes covered with marzipan. And apart from its traditional celebratory purpose, wedding cakes also symbolized good fortune. Back in the day in England, the wedding cake was served the next morning at a wedding breakfast.
But that standard has long since been replaced with elaborate creations that are in many cases the main focal point of the wedding reception.
Nowadays cakes are made with many types of centre, from chocolate to vanilla and red velvet. Also, the marzipan has made way for fancy coverings like icing, fondant and melted chocolate!
We’ve done a bit of research to highlight all the different types of wedding cake out there, to help you make that difficult choice of which type of wedding cake to choose for your big day.
Wedding Cakes – An Ombre Occasion
Ombre wedding cakes have made a big splash over the last couple of years and it is certainly a trend that’s here to stay. It’s easy to see why – the ombre trend allows you to add colour to your wedding cake, without it being too bright, you can use any colour and it will still look classy. If you want to add a bit of a surprise twist, you can ask the baker to make the actual cake ombre and the frosting white – it looks great on pictures and will certainly WOW your guests!
This trend is fairly new but it’s gaining popularity quickly for its rustic yet elegant feel. The naked wedding cake is a lovely way to showcase your cake and make it stand-out – it will truly be a centrepiece and have your guests eagerly anticipating getting a slice. The advantage of the naked wedding cake is that you can focus just on flavours and make sure that it tastes as good as it looks – the simplicity allows the baker to focus on quality cake and filling.
All that Glitters
You must have seen how metallics are taking over the wedding industry in the past year or so? Well, this trend is not only for decor – you can apply this to your cake as well! Beautiful Bronzes, Glittering Golds, Charming Coppers – these are all colours that could look amazing when incorporated on your wedding cake. Imagine old world glam – this is what you’ll get with a metallic wedding cake.
This one is for couples with a whimsical side who want a blast from the past… Be transported back to your childhood with a wedding cake decorated with sprinkles! This is a cute way to bring colour to your wedding cake without going too far – even a cake covered in sprinkles can look elegant and sophisticated – with just a touch of nostalgia.
Wedding Cakes – A French Flair
Macarons are one of the most popular sweet treats in bakeries – their sweet and airy texture with just the slightest bit of crunch transports us to the streets of Paris with a coffee in hand. You can now add that sophistication to your wedding cake by incorporating French macarons – either as decoration, or you can have the whole cake made of macarons. The advantage is they can be made in almost any colour you can think of – so they will match your theme perfectly.
For brides who are as in love with colour as they are with their husbands, a colourful wedding cake is the perfect way to bring in a fun element. Wedding cakes don’t have to be traditional and white anymore, if you want a colourful cake you can still keep it stylish and keep it from looking like a birthday cake. Try not to use too many contrasting colours – rather use different colours from the same colour pallet.
Many couples use their wedding cake to showcase their personalities or a mutual interest. If you share a passion for crosswords or scrabble, or math or even video games you can display it on your wedding cake for all your guests to see. It’s a quirky and fun way to add some personality to your cake, and it’s sure to be a conversation starter among your guests!
If you’re having a morning/brunch wedding, you can be a little more creative with your wedding “cake” – a stack of pancakes or waffles looks divine, delicious and will be a delicious treat for your guests too! This is a great alternative for couples who don’t necessarily like cake but who still want the tradition of a wedding cake.
Fake Out Take Out
Another great idea is to use portable desserts as a wedding cake – and you can use this as the dessert too! Think about stacking cupcakes or doughnuts in tiers on a cake stand. This will look great on your photos. Just provide take away boxes for your guests so they can enjoy a sweet treat later. This is also less wasteful – it’s unlikely that there will be any left!
Snap, Crackle and Pop
For the kid in all of us, who loved Rice Krispie Treats, this love can be transformed into a wedding cake like no other! Sticky and sweet and very nostalgic, this type of wedding cake is sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces! The advantage is that this “cake” can be made inexpensively and decorated very simply with ribbons and fruit, and you are certain to see your guests licking their sticky fingers when they dig in!
You are sure to find the perfect wedding cake with all these ideas! Remember to include your groom in this process – they generally enjoy putting their own stamp on the choice of cake! You can even organise a cake tasting when you’ve booked your Wedding Cake Baker to try as many flavours as possible – who doesn’t love a morning of Coffee and Cake?
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