I don’t think I’d ever be able to choose just one wedding cake if I was getting married again. Not because I’m greedy and like my cake too much (ahem…ok, yes there’s an element of truth there) but there are just SO many beautiful trends out there at the moment. So here’s some thoughts on the different kinds of wedding cakes we do, along with a few photos for inspiration if you’re planning your own wedding cake and struggling to decide on which style to go for.
The Naked Cake Hugely popular. Perfect for informal weddings with a rustic or vintage theme and great if you don’t like icing (and quite a lot of you don’t it seems). We often sit ours on a log slice cake stand, and decorate them with summer fruits or fresh flowers. Or even better, an abundance of both. Choose a traditional victoria sponge, or go for darker sponge flavours such as chocolate, expresso and carrot. This is a good cake option too if you’re watching your budget as they often work out cheaper than other options.
The Semi-Naked Cake We are booking in an ever increasing number of these cakes and I think we’ll see a lot more of these to come. Again, good for a less formal style of wedding, especially if you find the naked cakes too ‘bare’ but don’t want to go down the path of a traditionally iced cake. And absolutely gorgeous decorated with fresh flowers and a stylish topper for the top tier.
The Buttercream Cake Often finished with a rough texture or with horizontal lines, then decorated with fresh flowers or foliage. A gorgeous cake that is perfect if you’re going for a rustic feel to your day. And don’t forget they can look just as good in the winter months too, with berries, pine cones and holly.
Cupcakes A very versatile option that is so easy to style with your chosen colours, style and choice of venue. No need for the cake to be taken away and cut up either, guests can just help themselves when it’s cake time. I always think it’s all in the detail and this is so true for a cupcake tower. Either on their own or with a cutting cake at the top, add some fresh flowers, cupcake wrappers and cake picks and you have a fabulous display of cakes that will turn heads on your big day.
The Iced Cake Essentially a blank canvas that can be styled in so many ways, from vintage to contemporary. More formal in style than some of the other options, each tier can be a different flavour and then the finished cake can be as plain or as decorated as you wish. Edible lace, marble effects and metallics are just some of our favourite design elements to incorporate at the moment. And all options look equally good with fresh flowers or with sugar flowers.
And finally, don’t forget the cake stand! They really add to overall appearance of your cake as well as giving it some extra height and presence. Maybe we’ll blog about cake stands soon too…