The Modern Wedding Cake: Cupcakes and Cake Pops Oh My!

Cake Pops | By- niner bakesIn Part 3 of our special blog series on wedding cakes, we’ll talk about the modern trends and latest fads in the wedding cake world. If you missed our Part 2 post on wedding cake flavors, check it out here.

Now that we’ve gone over designing a wedding cake and choosing flavors, it’s time to really think outside the box. While many couples choose to have a wedding cake with a few tiers, some couples are opting to forgo the traditional cake structure. The modern wedding cake now includes elaborate cupcake towers, bite-size cake pops, or combinations of cake and cupcakes. These new desserts are easy to serve, and guests won’t have to wait for a large cake to be sliced and handed out. Here’s how to incorporate these trendy and tasty designs into your wedding dessert.

Cupcake Wedding Cake

This modern take on the wedding cake looks and tastes as good as it sounds. Because cupcakes are quick and easy to bake, they’re a great way to ensure that your dessert is fresh and flavorful. Bakeries can whip up a batch of cupcakes shortly before your wedding and design them just like a regular cake. Talk with your wedding bakery about choosing flavors for the cake and frosting, and see what type of designs they can create for your wedding cupcakes. It may also be possible to choose a few different cupcake flavors and frosting combinations since your baker will probably be making quite a few batches of the tasty treats.

Once you’ve settled on flavor and design, think about how you can display the cupcakes. One option is to mimic the look of a traditional cake structure by setting up cupcakes on stands with a pole running down the middle for support. Decide on how many tiers you’ll need (easy to calculate-roughly 1 cupcake per guest, plus a few extras) and make sure your baker uses a sturdy material that can hold the weight of all the cupcakes. Another idea is to use the cupcakes to line the border of a regular cake. Here’s where different size cupcakes with various colors can create a beautiful effect that will really impress your guests.

Cake Pops

These little treats are another trend in the cake world that modern couples are incorporating into their weddings. Cake pops are like dessert lollipops, and who doesn’t like lollipops? They’re easy to serve and don’t require much effort to make. Like cupcakes, cake pops can replace the traditional structure of a cake or be used as decorations on a regular cake. If you want a simple but pleasing wedding dessert, cake pops will satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth without making them feel like they’ve overindulged on dessert.

Remember that using cupcakes or cake pops can also help you save money! Many establishments charge a price for cutting a wedding cake if it has been made out of house. Consider using the modern wedding cake trends discussed here if you’re looking to cut down on costs. For inspiration on how to do so, here are some ideas on making cupcakes or cake pops work for your wedding.

The Modern Wedding Cake: Taste and Flavor

Wedding Cake Flavor | By- roboppyIn Part 2 of our special blog series on wedding cakes, we’ll talk about your wedding cake flavor and other tasty details. If you missed Part 1 on modern wedding cake design and decoration, check it out here!

Hopefully, our last blog on wedding cake design got you thinking about what you want your wedding cake to look like. Now it time to think about the inside! As guests admire the beautiful design of your cake, they’ll also be thinking about taste; wondering what flavor of frosting is between the layers or whether those gorgeous flowers are edible. You can satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth by choosing a cake that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.

Don’t Flake on Flavor

Wedding cakes have gotten the reputation of being beautiful on the outside but lacking flavor on the inside. Make sure your cake lives up to guests’ expectations by choosing a delicious flavor for your cake. Most bakeries are able to create wedding cakes in a variety of flavors, such as German chocolate, red velvet, or lemon. If you can’t decide on just one flavor, see if your baker can make the different tiers of the cake in different flavors (this option may have additional costs). Taste testing is a must, and you may have to visit a few bakeries before you and your partner decide on a bakery that can provide a flavorful, moist cake. It can be helpful to ask your friends or look at online reviews to find a good wedding cake bakery.

Finger-Licking Frosting

 Since most wedding cakes are made of at least a few tiers, providing enough pieces for every guest, you’ll need to decide on all frostings or creams that will compliment the cake. Again, the bakery you decide upon will probably have a list of the flavors they can provide.

Some popular frosting and cream flavors include raspberry, Bavarian crème, and chocolate buttercream. Think about how the flavors of the cake and frosting will taste together. If you’re unsure of what you’re guests would enjoy, vanilla or chocolate is always a good base to start with. Once you decide on the flavors, consider personalizing your wedding cake frosting by making it a certain color or adding in your favorite candy like chocolate chips.

Wedding cakes should be as pleasing to eat as they are to look at, so take the time to choose the cake and frosting flavors that appeal to you. Make sure that cutting the cake is truly a sweet moment!

Up next, on Part 3 of our special wedding cake blog series, we’ll discuss some of the modern trends and updates to wedding cakes! Check back in with us soon to learn more.

 

 

 

 

The Modern Wedding Cake: Designs and Decorations

wedding cake | Photo by: Sugar DazeIn Part 1 of our special blog series on wedding cakes, we’ll show how you can create  unique and modern wedding cake designs that are sure to be eye-catching. Links to Pinterest images of wedding cakes included!

In addition to the new couple, the wedding cake is often the other star of a wedding reception. As the cake sits on its stand waiting to be cut, guests walk by admiring details of the edible flowers or the patterns stenciled on the tiers. Deciding on these details when designing a wedding cake can be a fun and creative process. As you plan your reception, try using some of these ideas to create a unique and modern wedding cake.

Choosing a Design

The traditional wedding cake typically has a few tiers covered in white fondant with some flowers. Although this design may fit the style of some couples, don’t let the traditional image of a wedding cake limit your creativity and personal style. Think of your wedding cake as a blank canvas- it can be kept simple and minimalist or decorated with different colors and designs. Consider whether you want your wedding cake to fit in with any color themes you have (such as with tablecloths, flowers, etc.) or whether your cake will have its own design. Coordinating with the bakery making your cake can help you with these decisions of the design process. Wedding cake bakeries usually have a portfolio of previously designed cakes that can provide inspiration for your own cake. Use your bakery as a resource, and find more inspiration from online sites like Pinterest or from your favorite artwork.

Deciding on the basic details like color and shape are the first step. The typical shape of a wedding cake involves circular tiers, but bakeries are also able to make cakes that are square and tilted. For a really unique cake, see if your baker can create a wedding cake in a shape representing a favorite hobby, such as a guitar. Once the shape has been decided, think about any patterns or stenciling you may want on your cake. Here is a beautiful example of a cake with the pattern of stained-glass windows.

 Deciding on Decorations

Flowers, polka dots, seashells, bows- wedding cakes can have it all. As you add accessories to your cake, keep a few things in mind. Many cake decorations are edible- bakers can make roses out of fondant and create pearls out of icing. Think about whether you want your entire wedding cake to be edible or have some accessories that your guests will need to remove before eating. Also think about the size and placement of the decorations- do you want flowers flowing down the sides of the cake or a few large flowers on the bottom tier? Communicating with your baker can help with these decisions as you create a modern and personalized wedding cake.

Next up on our special wedding cake blog series is all about the taste! Check back in to learn about deciding on cake and icing flavors.

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