Cakes for contemporary weddings are not simple sweet desserts, but real works of art. Our designers are more talented than ever before in this field and their ideas express their passion for creating unique confections for the modern couple. Finding the perfect cake for your wedding is not a very difficult task, especially when the couple already knows what they want for the reception. It can be a personalized cake based on a unique theme, color, shape, flavor or motif, or it can be an artistic design recommended by the cake maker.
To make this job easy, start envisioning the ideal cake for you and your wedding. Many brides and grooms of today like to get ideas from pastry chefs or get inspired from amazing cake designs displayed on Internet. There are plenty of ideas to browse and follow in this sense. But it depends on your personal vision, taste and budget. Make sure that the theme or cake style you want is a feasible one. Find a talented designer in your local area and ask him to build you the cake of your dreams. Ask for his opinions in terms of color and flavor combinations, so that the cake can fit the season and formality of the wedding. The latest trends in wedding cakes show us that big layered confections are no longer the most modern selection for a contemporary couple.
The contrary, smaller designs are cuter and also more delicious. Miniature cakes, cupcake wedding cakes and single tier confections are all the rage right now. Multi-tier cakes have been replaced with smaller confections based on intense colors, asymmetrical shapes and bold flavors. The fresh floral decoration has also been replaced by an edible form of decorating a wedding cake. Our designers are very passionate about creating edible flowers and other figurines for modern cakes. Besides this, the color is also different. If traditional wedding cakes are based on one solid color, modern designs can feature a richer color mix. Your cake can feature a color or pattern on one tier and another one on the other tier.
Ombre, chevron and rainbow themed wedding cakes are beautiful examples in this sense. The shape of the contemporary cake is a bit more dynamic and imposing. Couples of today prefer square, hexagonal and asymmetrical tiers instead of classic cylindrical shapes. The traditional bride and groom figurine toppers are nowadays replaced by more humorous or artistic figurines and toppers. We can talk about fashion-inspired wedding cakes, where the cake mimics the fabric or texture of a bridal dress. Shimmering cakes based on edible glitter, gold dust and other metallic hue decorations are other voguish styles to consider for a 2012 wedding reception.
There are so many details to deal with when planning a wedding, so it’s kind of understandable why the couple is so stressed out and overwhelmed with the myriad of the decisions they must make. Planning a wedding reception may seem easy at first, but when you enter the depth of the process, you discover that there are a lot of aspects you never even thought of! Let’s take for instance the wedding cake table. Nowadays, the display for the wedding cake table can be even more important or imposing than the cake itself.
This is a good strategy for those who don’t have a very big or elaborated cake to show at their wedding! You can invest more in the décor of the table and create a cute and unique display so that the cake can look more impressive. The decorations used for the cake table must enhance the theme of the cake and reflect the specific of the wedding. Let’s not forget that the wedding cake is the showpiece of the entire wedding. The couple gets the chance to present themselves with an artistic and sophisticated confection that will always remain with the guests in their memories and pictures. It seems only natural for a beautiful cake to have a beautiful presentation and a special display.
You can use a separate table for the cake or use the dessert table to place the confection. Now, it also depends on how big your cake is and what design it features. If it’s a traditional cake based on column pillars, perhaps you could use a separate table without any additional desserts on it. On the other hand, if you’re displaying individual cakes or multiple single-tier confections, you can use the same table you arranged for the candy buffet. The other treats you serve at the wedding can make up for a unique décor for the cake. It would be nice to bring in a wide variety of colored sweets and cookies to complement the cake and the wedding color scheme.
Keep in mind that the decoration used for the cake table must be simple and understated, so that the cake can stand out more. The tablecloth is the first thing to plan in this sense. You can cover the cake table with a white or black cloth and use a colored runner or colored ribbons around the edges of the table. Go for a lace, crocheted or patterned tablecloth to obtain a chicer effect. Florals, polka dots, plaids, stripes and chevron patterns are unique ideas. Scatter flowers, confetti, fake snowflakes and glitter around the table for a more romantic look. Instead of small objects, use one big object to emphasize the cake, as a chocolate or champagne fountain!
No one can imagine their wedding day without a delicious cake to enjoy. The wedding celebration just wouldn’t be complete without the cake. But why this tradition and where it all began? This practice is as old as we can imagine. They say that the first wedding cake dates back to medieval Europe, but others sustain that this tradition as founded even beyond! Many people believe that ancient societies like Greeks and Romans used to serve a specific type of cake at their weddings.
The history of wedding cakes show us that ancient Greeks used to make special honey and sesame cakes to symbolize the bride’s fertility. Back then, the cake was thrown at the bride or torn over the newlyweds’ heads to promote prosperity in marriage. According to experts in field, Roman people used to bake a special type of bread as well for their weddings. This ritual was also to bring good fortune to the pair. The modern custom of serving each guest a small piece of cake dates back in ancient times when the invitees had to catch the crumbs of cake that fell to the ground after the breakage. The stacked cake based on multiple tiers we prepare today is the modern version of the ancient wedding cake.
What we call traditional today is actually inspired by old-time honored wedding practices. The types of cakes we serve today were not the norm in ancient weddings. And even if we follow the thread of history in medieval wedding cakes we can not find something similar. During the Medieval era, the couple celebrated their wedding with several smaller cakes. We can see that this practice is back trend in what we call “cupcakes” and individually crafted mini cakes. Those who don’t want to commit to a single color, flavor or shape has this unique option. You can choose to create three separate tiers and display them in a creative manner on the dessert table.
Each layer can be ornate like a cake. One can be based on vanilla or angel food, while the others on chocolate ganache, red velvet or butter cream. Smaller wedding cakes are ideal for sophisticated wedding. The guests can mingle between the miniature cakes and pick their favorite flavor. Besides this, the biggest advantage of using tiny cakes instead of a single tiered confection is that you can display them as centerpieces on the table guests or offer them as wedding favors at the end of the party. Some also say that Medieval couples did not contribute at all to their wedding cake, but each guest was to bring a small cake or bun to add their share to the festivity. Each cake was then stacked up high in layers.
No one can deny the fact that the most anticipated thing of the wedding reception is the cake. Every single guest, from little kids to adults is waiting to see and taste a slice of cake! Everybody loves sweet treats, but when it comes to weddings, the cake seems to be the most awaited dessert. The wedding cake is considered a time-honored tradition in weddings that dates back to the ancient Romans.
During this era the wedding cake was based on flour and salt and it looked and tasted like simple bread. The flavors have changed over the course of history, not to mention of the designs. Many styles appeared with time and the customs regarding the wedding cake are also slightly different now, or at least more “polished”. The groom doesn’t have to break a piece of cake over the bride’s head to fulfill the tradition anymore. The two of them are now supposed to cut the cake nicely, with each other’s hand. This is a romantic moment included in a special ceremony that everybody wants to be part of and take photos. The overall appearance of the cake is also different now.
Nevertheless, the size, the flavor and tradition of the wedding cake is not the same in all regions. There are still different cultural customs regarding the wedding cake that you can get inspired from or even choose for your own wedding. It would be fun to see a groom breaking a piece of cake over the bride’s head during the ceremony today. But this practice is too “messy” for modern couples. This custom was replaced as the years passed, by a kissing ceremony. This practice was very common in medieval England. This ceremony is a bit more elegant, however. The wedding participants would stack small pieces of cake into a pile then the newlyweds would kiss each other over the pile. Then we have the bride’s pie, which was customary during the 17th century. The idea of a tiered cake appeared in the 19th century.
This was the era when the modern cake was introduced in weddings. There are different meanings assigned to this sweet confection. The ancient Romans thought that the cake and more precisely the custom of breaking the cake over the bride’s head was actually a symbol of the headship of her husband. Those who had to kiss over the cake had to do it properly so that they would have many children. There was also customary for the bride’s pie to contain a secret glass ring. And the individual who got lucky to find the ring would be the next to marry. Nowadays we also have the tradition of the groom’s cake, which is usually based on chocolate.
We don’t know about you, but we are fascinated by the new-old wedding trends promoted nowadays! Designers from the bridal fashion field and wedding cakes field are deeply in love with the vintage style and this is why they have so many old-fashion creations in their collections to propose to the contemporary couple! The vintage style is original and trendy. There is nothing more cheerful and dynamic than a vintage themed wedding party. The style we’re proposing you today is the striking Art Deco style.
This current was very popular during the 1920s period. The flair of this era was very bold and chic in the same bride. Vintage brides can get inspired from the magnificent flapper gowns, feather and pearl accessories worn by the ‘20s brides. The wedding cake itself can feature a flapper wedding dress design. Fashion inspired wedding cakes are the new hit of the moment in 2012 weddings! The 1920s era can be characterized by the opulence and richness of the designs.
When it comes to wedding cakes, we can also refer to daring shapes and unconventional forms and designs. Art Deco wedding cakes are ideal for brides and grooms who want something architecturally spectacular for their reception party! The Deco style used nowadays for wedding cakes is inspired by geometry and architecture. This is why these confections are so artistic. Simple and sophisticated in the same time, the beautiful creations we’re showing below are ideal sources of inspiration for those who are thinking of throwing a ‘20s inspired wedding party.
If you still haven’t got this style, think of the amazing architecture of the Golden Gate Bridge or of the Chryser building. Your cake can capture the sensational shapes and forms of this architecture but on a smaller scale. Your cake can be intricate or simple and clean but bold in shape. The surface can be finished with buttercream or rolled fondant. It’s up to you how you want your cake to be: smooth or tasty! As for the ornamentation, you can choose lavish details or simple and powerful motifs.
There are many gorgeous glorious patterns to choose or get inspired from when it comes to 1920s wedding cakes. You can be sure that your guests will be eager to see what confection you picked for your vintage theme. The cake will therefore be an important focal point of the party, so make sure that you bring something dramatic enough to steal your guests’ attention and hearts. Your cake can be original or more personalized. Either way, it must reflect the whimsy vibe of that era. The jazzy beat of the ‘20s can be beautifully expressed through a tall black and white wedding cake.
Flowers are the symbols of natural beauty and everlasting love. This is why they are such popular decorative items for weddings. Brides of today have the opportunity to use flower blooms for their own adornment and different wedding spots and items. There is nothing fresher and more elegant than a flower themed wedding. When choosing the best wedding flowers you must think of your favorite blooms first then see whether your wishes are feasible within the formality and style of your wedding.
You should feel free to choose any type of flower you personally like, starting from the classic roses and ending up with the exotic succulents. The palette of options is very large and generous, so you should not feel obligated to go traditionally if you don’t want to. Among the most popular flower choices for a wedding we mention the lovely roses, baby’s breath, calla lilies and tulips. If you are not willing to take a chance on something very modern or funky, like Billy Balls, branches, artichokes or ferns, keep things simple and popular.
For the conventional bride it’s safer to go with calla lilies than with succulents. Calla lilies are ideal flower selections for bridal bouquets and wedding cakes. These blooms have the power to transform a simple and plain cake into a more elegant and sophisticated confection for a wedding. Calla lilies are tall and large flowers and this is why they make such great choices for decorating a big cake. Classic, soft, feminine and gallant, these flowers are ideal for spring and summer wedding celebrations. Their sleek silhouette and shape make them fabulous choices for any size cake and design. These blooms are versatile and easy to work with, in both real and artificial forms. You can choose live calla lily blooms to adorn your cake, edible calla lilies or fabric made blooms. It depends on the budget you have to spend and on the effect you’re trying to create.
If you love calla lily wedding cakes but you don’t want anything too traditional or conservative for your reception, you can choose edible blooms for the tiers. It’s hip to bring a cake that’s edible from the first layer to the last artistic detail! The edible blooms can be made of fondant, gum or sugar-paste. The choices are beautiful and very delicious. Fondant calla lilies are smooth and dainty and they can be made in any color. Fondant is tasteless than other flavors, but very sleek in appearance. Gum paste lilies are more versatile as they can be rolled in thinner shapes. Your gum paste lilies can be made in a more intricate way. Besides this, they look more realistic than other edible blooms.
Dreaming of an outstanding cake for a wedding is an understandable wish. Everybody wants what’s best for their big day and the cake is one of the most important items to plan. However, making the ultimate choice is always a problem. We know we want something eye-catchy and impressive but we have no idea how the cake should look like. There are couples who already have a favorite design but more newlyweds who are completely clueless about how to handle this subject. If you are not sure what style you should choose for your cake you can follow us through the following suggestions. We have a few ideas for different types of weddings, budgets and preferences.
The good news is that wedding cakes today are as varied as wedding dresses! There are no more rules and regulations regarding the design you should go for. Nowadays anything goes! So, if you want to play original, try to keep the pace with the latest trends in wedding cakes. The tendencies are many and various. But try to narrow down the list of choices by considering the formality, the style, the venue, the location and the theme of your wedding. If you have already picked a theme for the reception, try to follow it for the cake too. Everything must be well-coordinated when it comes to themed weddings. Otherwise you won’t be able to obtain a unified coherent look. In the end, your cake can picture or reflect anything you want it to reflect. But make sure you won’t make unrealizable dreams.
Considering your wedding budget is the wisest way to go. Don’t make the wedding cake style selection without consulting your budget. Think of how much you are willing to pay on the cake and then look for a design that fits your money. It’s important to establish a price range before going shopping. Otherwise your may risk falling in love with an expensive confection. If you are a conservative couple you may want to stick to the traditional style. The standard cake design is the column pillared cake. You can use fresh or edible flowers to adorn the tiers. This cake design usually features three or four tiers. Stacked wedding cakes are more popular and modern.
The largest tier is placed on the bottom and the other tiers are symmetrically getting smaller as they reach the top. The most common shape is round, but any other shape can work. Cascade stand cakes care ideal for classy elegant receptions. Each cake or tier is meant to be placed on its own pedestal. You can display this cake in a myriad of ways. Opt for a personalized cake and go crazy with an artistic design!
Giving the fact that weddings are such ample and sophisticated events, it can be hard to establish which element of the day is the most attractive. But despite all the competitors, we think that the bride’s dress remains the sensation of the ceremony, while the cake is still the highlight of the reception. There are no other most anticipated centerpieces than these ones, although the guests can be impressed by any other small detail they’ve never seen or enjoy for the first time. But when it comes to big attractions of the wedding, these two are fundamental.
The wedding cake is now eagerly expected by the wedding participants because they are curious to see how it looks and how it tastes. The cake is no longer a sweet confection meant to satisfy a certain ritual or ceremony of the wedding. The modern couple doesn’t choose a cake only because it tastes fabulous but also because it’s meant to look fabulous! Therefore the aspect and the flavor are the two elements that should work together when it comes to modern wedding cakes.
You should be cautious when choosing both the exterior and the interior of the cake in order to obtain successful results. But when it comes down to the things one remembers about a wedding, we think the taste of the cake is among them. Pay more attention to the flavor you’re choosing for the cake. The options are endless, so try to focus on the tastes you personally like. You can risk and bring an exotic cake that no one really knows how it will taste, or pick something classic and safe that everybody will like. There are many unique blends to try, so don’t worry about the fact that you won’t be able to find something suitable. There are many ways to choose your cake’s flavor or filling. You can do it by the theme of your wedding, by the season, by the venue or by your personal taste.
One of the most popular and adored fillings for wedding cakes is chocolate. This flavor is irresistible and simply delicious, especially when mixed with hazelnut, mocha or raspberry. To give your chocolate cake a modern twist, coat it with rich ganache. It can also be trendy to mix it with fruit flavors, from orange to strawberries. Try a Mexican chocolate cake with cinnamon for a spicier taste. Vanilla is another filling choice for an elegant wedding. If you’re having a spring or summer wedding, combine vanilla layers with tropical fruit buttercream. For a winter or fall wedding, pair vanilla with nut buttercream. Among other unique flavors we mention; marble swirl, tiramisu, pumpkin, mint chocolate, lemon poppy seed, peanut butter or Irish cream.