But either way, you’re in need of the perfect cake.
And that means you’ll be scouring the internet looking for ideas.
You’ll spend hours and hours looking through catalogs, Pinterest posts, and cake shop windows. But where do you start to sort through all the colors, designs, styles, and flavors?
Choosing your wedding cakes is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning. And since we love cakes, we wanted to help you out with some things to think about in your cake selection, as well as ideas for the most beautiful wedding cakes and some of the current trends in designs that you might want to consider.The Most Popular Flavors for Wedding CakesBefore you move into choosing the design and look of your cake, you’ll need to decide on the flavors you want. The flavors most likely won’t affect the design, but it may be possible that certain flavors and fillings will be more suitable for a given cake style than another.
The most popular cake flavors include
- Red Velvet
- Vanilla bean
- Hazelnut Almond
- White Cake with Raspberry
- Chocolate Almond
- Double Chocolate
- Orange Thyme
- Graham Spice
- Vanilla Lime
- Cinnamon Vanilla
- Orange Galliano
- Chocolate Fudge
- Pink Champagne
- Vanilla Butter
- Pumpkin Spice
- Crème de Menthe
Popular cake filling flavors include:
- Key Lime
- Raspberry Mousse
- Lemon Curd
- Orange Curd
- Chocolate Mousse
- Chocolate Ganache
- Hazelnut Buttercream
- Vanilla Mousse
- Chocolate Banana
- Marshmallow Fluff
- Passionfruit Curd
- Chocolate Fudge Ganache
- Pumpkin Pie Filling
- Cherry Pie Filling
- Strawberries and Cream
- Coconut Caramel Fluff
- Grand Marnier Cream Cheese
- Chili-Infused Chocolate Buttercream
- Citrus Curd
- Caramel Buttercream
- Rum-Infused Custard
The most popular flavors of wedding cake icing include:
- White Buttercream Fluff
- Vanilla Buttercream
- Mocha Buttercream
- Chocolate Ganache
- Banana Buttercream
- Lemon Buttercream
- Lavender Buttercream
- Rose Buttercream
- White Chocolate Ganache
- Orange Buttercream
- Lime Buttercream
- Torched Meringue
- Vanilla Fondant
- Galliano-Infused Buttercream
- Whipped Cream Frosting
- Chocolate Buttercream
- Chocolate Coconut Buttercream
- Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Crème de Menthe-Infused Whipped Cream Frosting
Finding the Right Flavor CombinationsAs you plan your cake, you’ll want to think through the options and choose combinations that blend well together.
A few examples of awesome flavor combinations include:
- Vanilla cake with lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream icing
- Chocolate-almond cake with chocolate ganache filling and mocha buttercream icing
- Carrot cake with pumpkin spice filling and vanilla fondant icing
- Cinnamon vanilla cake with marshmallow fluff filling and white chocolate ganache icing
- Orange thyme cake with citrus curd filling and orange buttercream frosting
- Double chocolate cake with cherry pie filling and vanilla buttercream frosting
Choosing the Best StylesOnce you’ve chosen the flavors of cake you’d like to have for your wedding, you’ll want to choose the right style of cake.
There are literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of styled and designs available to choose from. Some are elaborate and extremely expensive, while others are moderate or even simple but still elegant. The style of cake you choose should reflect your personality, the personality of the overall wedding, and be something you love.
Some of the most popular trends in wedding cakes are as follows:
There are a variety of ways to create a metallic cake. Edible glitter, for example, adds a splash of sparkle to an otherwise straightforward cake, or it could be combined with other elements to create a spectacular, magical cake.
There are different ways of using gold-leaf and other metallics in your cake. You could have an entire layer in gold, or have patterns laid out and placed carefully in the right places. Think about a glamorous art-deco or vintage Hollywood feel. Or combine a metallic layer with dark layers or bright opulent flowers.
The straightforward white wedding cake will never go out of style. But, if you think that straight up white is kind of on the boring side, you can have some stunning all-white embellishments added. Piped embroidery, lace, flower cascades, geometric patterns, quilted fondant, or even jeweled embellishments, petals or pearls can take a simple white cake from okay to spectacular while still giving that fresh, clean look of an all-white cake.
If you’re looking for a delicate but vibrant style, consider commissioning a painted cake. You can have something marbled onto the fondant, have specific designs or shapes painted on, emulate your favorite artist, or go for a stained-glass feel in this amazing style.
Painted cakes give so many more options than most other embellishment types since you can literally have any design painted on that a cake artist is capable of. Names, dates, and poetry can be painted instead of floral designs. Or you could combine a painted layer with other layers that add texture and that extra special unique touch that makes your wedding cake totally unique from anyone else’s.
Sugar ruffles add a light, airy feeling of elegance and subtlety to a wedding cake. You can have an entire layer ruffled, multiple layers ruffled in different styles of ruffle, or have a layer partially ruffled with other embellishments added. These kinds of frills work with any style of wedding, whether you’re planning something country chic or more avant-garde.
These stunning, simple, and earthy cakes are growing in popularity. Instead of loading up your cake with icing as the “cover” for the cake, items like fruit, flowers, and greenery are being used to deck out these designs. This style of cake is best for rustic and low-key ceremonies where something beautiful but simple is required to suit the theme or design of the wedding
Lace wedding dresses are back in and with them lace wedding cakes. You can scour Pinterest for ideas or find that old remnant of your mother or grandmother’s lace wedding dress and have a layer of your wedding cake custom “laced” for the ceremony as a special way to remember or honor someone you love.
You can also choose the special detail on your own wedding gown and have your cake designer create the fondant appliqués for the occasion. Choose your colors carefully, aiming more for lighter colors for the lace, and using small touches of contrast to make the cake truly unique and eye-catching.
The Top 10 Best Wedding Cake Ideas
Once you’ve sorted through all of the different aspects of flavors, coloring, styles, and all of that, the tough part comes: choosing the right idea for your wedding.
We love wedding cake designs, so it’s hard to make that difficult call. But these are some of the most gorgeous, interesting, and unique ideas we’ve found for making your wedding cake stunning and distinct to your own preferences and personality.
1. The Brushstroke Cake
This unusual cake is a brilliant wedding cake idea for any artistic couple. The cake itself is covered in fondant or similar firm textured icing, but then the décor of the cake is pieces of melted chocolate that are brushed out onto wax paper. Once they’ve hardened, they are removed from the paper and adhered to the cake. These pieces give the appearance of an artist’s strokes.
2. The Carrara Cake
For a unique, beautiful, elegant, and simple cake, the Carrara is an incredible option. The cake is baked the desired shape, and then the icing is crafted to look like Carrara marble. The coloring for Carrara marble is white or blue-gray, though you can choose to have other colors marbled together to give the impression of elegance and luxury you can eat.
3. The Beaded Cake
For a fun, trendy and reasonably simple cake, the beaded wedding cake is a fantastic option. You can choose from a wide variety of edible beads and dots and other pieces to create a uniquely distinct cake that fits your bubbly personality. A few fun twists for the beaded cake would include doing each layer in a different thematically appropriate color of beads, doing the entire cake is a gradient of shades, or turning your beaded cake into a rainbow blast.
4. The Geode Cake
This trend has been around for a few years, but the Geode cake is one of the most stunning designs you’ll see anywhere. And you can match the color of the geode to your wedding colors pretty easily, as geodes naturally come in agate – naturally browns, reds, pinks, whites, and even yellow – or quartz – an off-white to clear color perfect for a white on white cake – and amethyst – a gorgeous shade of purple. If you don’t care about going with the natural only colors, you can do anything you like, and it will all be absolutely stunning.
5. The Botanical Cake
Some of the most stunning designs are found in the gardens. With a botanical cake, you can choose your favorite flowers as the decorations, whether made of icing or actual cut flowers freshly obtained from the florist.
Some of the more interesting designs we’ve seen in botanical designs include:
- Orchids of varied colors covering the entire cake
- A cascade of edible violets with extra violets scattered around the rest of the cake
- A single sprig of greenery or fern on the front of the layers on a white cake with roses or magnolia blooms strategically placed on the sides and tops
- Hibiscus flowers creating a stream of tropical color from the top to the bottom layers of the cake
- Cakes covered entirely with edible flowers of a wide variety
6. The Hexagon Ombré
One of the most gorgeous and intriguing designs we’ve seen combines two current trends in wedding cake design: the geometric shape and the ombré effect. Choose colors from your wedding theme or go full on rainbow if you want a unique piece that stands out from everything else.
7. Figs and Other Fruit Garnish
Instead of decorating with flowers or greenery, why not choose fruit as your decoration pieces? Figs are gorgeous fruits that make a stunning garnish for a wedding with earthy colors. Blueberries are perfect for blue and purple weddings. Strawberries or raspberries are perfect for red and pink weddings. Avoid using apples, however, unless you’re using the whole fruit, since apples tend to brown quickly when cut.
8. A Succulent Cake
Succulents are an interesting and beautiful family of plants that make for gorgeous decorations anywhere. You can use real succulents on your wedding cake, or you can have your cake topped with piped icing succulents for a completely edible cake. This cake is perfect for anyone having a woodlands, outdoorsy, or rustic feeling wedding.
9. The Croquembouche
For a truly unique, and utterly delicious wedding cake, try the French dessert instead. This conical tower of goodness is eye-catching and delectable. The choux pastry balls are piled into a caramel-filled cone, giving you a tall tower of indulgence.
10. The Bundt Drip
For a simple and unique cake that falls into the trend of the naked cake, try stacking a couple of Bundt cakes and drizzling them with chocolate ganache. If you have a larger wedding, you can do a series of these cakes, drizzled with different toppings and decorated with a variety of fruits or candies that speak to your theme.
Finding the Right Cake for Your Wedding
The key to finding the right wedding cake for your reception is choosing a style that suits your personality combined with flavors that you adore. Your wedding is a special day that you’ll remember forever. The cake is one of the most important parts of the aesthetics at the reception and will be featured in a number of photos.
Look through the ideas and designs and let the cake speak to you. Just like you knew your dress when you tried it on, you’ll know the perfect cake design when you see it.
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