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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