Wedding Cake, is there anything better? I mean seriously, when in your life will you ever have a more extravagant and delicious cake like your wedding cake? Chances are you won’t so there are a lot of options to consider. Traditional or Modern, Square or Round, Buttercream or Fondant, White or Chocolate? Planning and designing your wedding cake is one of the best parts about getting married because your fiancé will finally actually have an opinion rather than, “looks good”, “sure”, or “whatever you want sweetheart.” So here is a list of all of the items you need to consider when discussing your wedding cake, what items you should bring with you to your cake testing and ideas for alternative wedding cakes. ❤
Round is a more traditional approach while a square shape is the modern alternative. Petal or Scalloped shaped cakes add a little more character and are a bold style choice. If you’re looking for a creative spin to a modern square style then Hexagonal is the style for you. Perhaps the most unique cake style out there is the Topsy-turvy cake style, which gives a fun and funky look to your wedding.
Wedding cake flavors are pretty standard, so it’s all up to what you prefer. The most common flavors are White, Chocolate, Marble, Red Velvet, Strawberry, Lemon or Carrot Cake.
3. Icing & Frosting
Buttercream is perhaps one of the best and most popular frostings to use because of its versatility. It can be used to make a variety of decorations on the cake. This style is better for indoor receptions.
Fondant is a sugar paste that can be molded into any shape and tinted any color. However, it can have a slightly chewy taste so a layer of buttercream underneath it will help make the cake more enjoyable. Fondant holds up well in heat and is aesthetically pleasing.
Royal Icing, Marzipan, Spun Sugar & Pastillage are great for finishing touches and add fine details to cakes with balls, flowers, monograms and more.
Whipped Cream is better used as a filling than as an icing or frosting because of its reaction to heat and humidity. This filling can be used with most types of cakes, but I prefer it with Red Velvet.
Mousse can be used for any cake depending on the type of mousse, for instance raspberry mouse is great with white cake and Oreo mousse is great with chocolate cake.
Buttercream can be made to be light and airy or heavy cream and compliment different styles of cake.
Now I am not a professional baker, so I am not going to give you a list of pan sizes, serving sizes and tiers. So discuss this with your baker and make sure you have a big enough size with enough tiers to feed everyone at your wedding.
Fresh, Silk or frosting made, the opportunities are endless. Some people like the look of flowers on their wedding cake, but maybe not fresh flowers, so silk are a good alternative. There are a lot of designs available on the internet, so go find some pictures and take them to your baker and florist.
Writing on your wedding cake is another huge trend and definitely steps your cake up a level. The most common words are, “And They Lived Happily Ever After”, “Live, Laugh, Love” and “Love”, plus various monograms.
8. Cake Toppers
There are so many options out there for cake topers now it can be overwhelming! Traditional bride and grooms, monograms, single letters, characters to match your theme, hearts, sports related, funny ones etc.
9. Macaron/Macaroon Cakes
This new trend is taking over the traditional wedding cake and why not? Macaroons come in all different colors and instantly brighten up and liven up any cake!
10. Cupcake Tower
Cupcake Tower wedding cakes are a huge fad right now and for good reason! They can be made to match your wedding colors, require no cake cutting and can be designed in a variety of ways.
11. Ice Cream or Gelato Bars.
These ideas are ones I never considered or even heard of until I went to my first bridal show and saw a line of 20 people waiting and knew it must be something good. Oh my gosh was it good! The idea is brilliant because you can have an assortment of flavors and toppings, so guests can actually choose what they want.
12. Dessert Bar
Do you LOVE desserts, have too many favorites and can’t just stick with cake? Well then why not have mini samples of all your favorite treats? Bite-size cheesecakes, macarons/macaroons, dessert shots, cookies, cream puffs, chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes, cake pops and the list goes on and on.
13. What to Bring
You’ll need pictures of what you want the cake to look like, bring sample color swatches if you want color on your cake, and pictures of flowers you may use.