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Jazzing up the Traditional Wedding Cake

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Fountain wedding cakeTraditional wedding cakes are round, white, layer cakes with white or cream colored frosting in a tiered format. Many brides choose to accent traditional cakes with real or silk flowers that complement their wedding colors. Traditional cake toppers often feature a miniature bride and groom holding hands.

More and more modern brides, however, are finding new ways to break with tradition, opting for new and interesting arrangements, different flavors and designs, and even colored cakes. The wedding cake is a primary focal point at the reception, and like all the other ‘pieces’ of your wedding and reception, you want it to be spectacular.

Beyond Butter Cream: Fillings and Frostings

While butter cream frosting has been one of the most widely used wedding cake frostings, you cab opt for almost any variety of frostings and fillings. Although more expensive in most cases, a rolled fondant icing has a firmer texture that lends itself to carving and intricate details. If you and your groom have a favorite cake or dessert, consider using that for the cake flavor. Chocolate mousse-filled cakes and the Italian casada (strawberry and custard) cake are popular cake flavors.

Sweet Shapes

You don’t have to have to choose either a round or square cake. In addition, heart-shaped, rectangular, hexagonal, and column cakes are becoming more popular. Many bakeries are willing to mix shapes, such as round and square cakes layered to resemble a stack of presents.

Themed Wedding Cake Ideas

If you are having some sort of theme wedding, such as a Cinderella, Christmas, or beach wedding, you’ll naturally want wedding cake ideas that complement your theme. Many bakeries are willing to create customized cakes, such as Cinderella’s castle, a Christmas tree, a sandcastle, and much more.

Another option is to decorate the cake and cake table with accessories complementing your theme. In addition to or instead of real or silk flowers, choose items that reflect your theme. For example, clean seashells in and strewn around the cake offer a perfect touch for a beach wedding.

Colored Cakes

Colored cakes are very contemporary. You can choose to have your entire cake in frosted and decorated in your wedding colors, create a striking contrast by using black and white or ivory frostings, opt for a variety of more muted hues, or frosting accents for bright splashes of color.

Cake Considerations
Wedding cake with floral draping Unique Arrangement: An artful cake arrangement can make a huge difference in how your cake looks. Dozens of wedding cake stand styles are available, so you can have your cake grouped, stacked, off-set, straight-tiered, tiered with a fountain underneath, tiered with pillars, however you wish. Keep in mind that most wedding cakes have height as a factor for dramatic effect.

Air Brushing: Another trend in wedding cake decorating is air brushing. Air brushing can add a hint of color, or be used to create image son the cake itself. This is often used on novelty cakes.

Draping Effect: The use of certain frostings to create draping effect, appearing as swags of ribbons, or other designs adds an elegant touch.

Combining Elements: Another wedding cake idea is to combine different but complementary elements to create a unique cake. For example, the use of fruit and flowers arranged on and around the cake makes a beautiful cake display fro a spring or summer wedding.

Other Wedding Cake Ideas

The Music of True Love: An off-set cake arrangement in the shape of music notes.

Winning at the Game of Love: A Tiered of off-set arrangement with a game theme. This could be accomplished with an airbrushed checkerboard design and the addition of glass chess or other game pieces.

Ocean of love: Cascading fondant frosting with tinted or airbrushed blue brushing.

Light of my Life: Consider a wedding cake designed in the shape of a lighthouse or accessorized with lighthouses.

Alternately, candles could be used on or around the cake itself to represent the light of your love.

Character or Disney: Cinderella, Mickey and Minnie, and Beauty and the Beast are just a few of the characters representing true love that can be used in decorating or topping the cake. Figurines such as Precious Moments are also popular to use.
Keep in mind that in most cases, the more intricate and customized a cake design is, the higher the cost. If you budget accordingly and use your imagination, you’re sure to find the perfect wedding cake ideas for your special day.

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