If you know you want a very specific, very custom cake, it really can’t get better than a hand-painted design. Often done over fondant, a hand-painted cake allows the cake artist to create a truly one-of-a-kind look for your wedding cake! Popular hand-drawn designs include floral pieces, marble aesthetic, or even a tie-dye look!
This new cake trend is adding a pop of sophistication and flair to any wedding cake - adding metallic elements to your cake! Where it be bright gold frosting, silver flecks, or a beautiful rose gold topper, adding metals to your wedding cake is sure to make it a showstopper! You can go so far as to make the entire cake metallic, or so simple as adding one singular accent like a gold flower or other motif to tie everything together.
Drip Cakes are Naked Cakes’ new, hip cousin. They are essentially naked cakes with a twist - a drip of icing, jam, or some other delicious topping artistically placed along the top and “dripping” along the sides of the cake. This creates a yummy, organic, beautifully natural look. A drip cake is a great option if you love the general aesthetic of a naked cake but want a little additional flavor or aesthetic to jazz it up a bit. This type of topping is also great because it gives you so many options for how to top your wedding cake - different colors and flavors will create different looks to complement your colors or theme for the day!
Multiple, Smaller Cakes
A major wedding cake trend that we’re going to see a lot of in 2018 is going to be the use of multiple, smaller cakes. One reason is just that the aesthetic and design options you’re able to put together with more than one cake can’t be beat. Another major reason, though, is the couple really wanting to make accommodations for their guests' needs - including food allergies and other dietary restrictions, as well as just taste preferences. Don’t be surprised if you attend several 2018 weddings that boast 3 - 5 small wedding cakes!
Cakes with Words
Similar to the hand-painted cakes, a more specific trend is on the rise for 2018: using words as art on your wedding cake. This can be anything from the couple’s names, to a favorite quote or song lyric about love. Using words as your cake decoration is a simple, beautiful way to make a big impact on your guests - and to make the cake as meaningful as the program or music!
Here is another example for the use of multiple, smaller cakes. You can have multiple flavors, icing types and ingredients with multiple smaller cakes. It's an easy way to please all the cake lovers with different taste preferences in your wedding party!
3D Ultra-Real Frosting
With the advancements in 3D printing and generally making everything more ultra-real, look for cakes with frosting with details never possible before. We are going to see more cakes that look life fine art, and you won't want to cut the cake until the last minute!
Fun and Humorous Cakes
More couples are choosing to show their sense of humor with their wedding cake design. A humorous cake will leave people talking about your wedding for a long time to come!
When it comes to planning your wedding, there’s a lot to consider. You need to reserve the venue, set the guest list, choose your invitations, hire a DJ…the list goes on and on! It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the planning process. Don’t get so swept away, however, that you forget about the sweeter side of wedding planning. That’s right—I’m talking about wedding cakes!
Many couples struggle to find ways to make their wedding and reception unique. One way to accomplish this is to plan something a little different when it comes to the cake. There are actually a number of less-traditional options that may suit you better. While traditional cakes are often beautiful, they are also expensive, difficult to transport, and hard to distribute to guests. If you haven’t already ordered the cake for your reception, here are several ideas you may want to consider first.
Doughnut cakes are becoming more and more popular among brides and grooms. Not only are doughnuts delicious, but they are considerably less expensive than a traditional cake. There should be no issues with transportation and they can be stacked in various configurations without difficulty. Further, doughnut cakes are ideal for easy self-service setups—and are perfect if you’re hosting a brunch reception!
Box of Chocolates Cake
Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be made with cake! Instead, you can opt for chocolates or truffles. Again, these can come in a variety of flavors, which is something your guests will surely find exciting. A box of chocolates or truffles is also perfect for a self-service dessert station, eliminating the need for a big cake-cutting ceremony during the reception. Additionally, this option is ideal if either of you dislike cake.
A cupcake cake is an incredible alternative to a traditional wedding cake. There are several reasons this may be the perfect option for your reception. First of all, cupcakes are significantly easier to transport. Whereas large, layered cakes can often be cumbersome and will often require assembly on site, cupcake cakes can be easily packed and moved in boxes. They can then either be set out neatly or added to a dessert display without difficulty. Another perk is that you can order a number of different flavors, adding more variety for you and those in attendance. This is especially good if you and your bride or groom have different cake preferences. Additionally, cupcakes are simple to serve or even put out for self-service. The final cupcake cake perk is that your guests are sure to receive a perfectly decorated treat. While cake pieces can sometimes be indistinguishable after cutting, cupcakes will remain pristine until they’re eaten!
Cupcake Combo Cake
Like the idea of cupcakes, but still partial to traditional cakes as well? There’s a solution for that! You can actually have both. Many cake companies can make a tiered cupcake and cake combination. This option is still easier to transport due to the smaller sections and can be served to guests without difficulty, but also provides you and your spouse with a cake to cut, share, and save for your one-year anniversary.
Chocolate Fountain Cake
Wedding cakes can be extremely expensive and in today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to stay within budget. If you’re looking for a unique dessert idea that will also save you money, consider opting for a chocolate fountain cake. It’s easy and inexpensive to rent a chocolate fountain and many companies include a variety of bite-sized desserts (cake, Rice Krispies treats, strawberries, marshmallows, etc.) at no additional charge. Again, not everyone likes cake, so this ensures you and all of your guests have a sweet treat to enjoy.
Not quite sure what a projection cake is? This is a relatively new addition to the wedding cake family. While the cake itself is traditional in shape and size, the decorative details are left off intentionally. Then, companies like Illuminating Magic use projection mapping technology to turn your wedding cake into an animated wonder with amazing optical illusions designed to suit your special occasion. This is a memorable way to create a unique experience for you and your guests, as the projection can be programmed to cycle through changes throughout the duration of your wedding reception. While you’ll still need a cake-cutting ceremony, adding 3D technology to your evening is a surefire way to impress everyone in attendance.
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Let Them Eat Cakes (Eight, That Is): Wedding Cake Buffet
Guys, I finally did it. I picked a wedding cake. Or rather, I picked wedding cakes. Eight of them, to be exact.
As you may remember, I was having a harrrrd time picking the cake. Blame it on my pastry-chef past—it’s not easy putting down a few hundred bucks on something I could do myself (and could do better, in some instances).
But believe it or not, we nailed down flavors—without EVER tasting the cake.
How? Well, I trusted my dad, mom, and sister to do it. And one day, my dad and sis went on a cake tasting, brought back leftovers for my mom, and sent Mr. W and me a VERY detailed email regarding each flavor, along with this shot of the tasting cupcakes.
Cupcakes at the tasting | Photo courtesy of my dad
When it came to the cake cutting, our wedding planner suggested that we do this earlier rather than later. In her experience (and in mine), many older guests like to wait for a slice of cake and then head home before the reception gets too rowdy. We cut the cake about 45 minutes after dinner was served, and boy oh boy, we were too excited to try a slice of this deliciousness. We opted for the traditional almond wedding cake flavor, with raspberry jam filling.
Here we are trying to figure out how to cut this thing. It is much harder than it looks, y’all. We weren’t sure which tier to cut into at all, and I was super terrified of messing up our entire cake!
We finally got a piece out of there and jacked up the rest of the bottom tier up only-a-little-bit.