There are many tasks in wedding planning that becomes a measurement for creativity. You can have the perfect theme, the perfect dress, or the perfect venue, but if that tower of moist, fluffy cake isn’t right, people are still going to remember it. What started as a tradition of breaking wheat or barley over the newly-weds, has now turned and evolved into a tradition of cutting the cake. Wedding cakes are one of the highlights on anyone’s wedding day. Consider it an exclamation point of a sentence that is the reception. There's a part of you that believes that grand, building-high wedding cakes are outdated, and then there's another part of you that wants to cut into the confection and stuff your partner’s face with it on the big day. Cake designs, flavors, and textures are now evolving and couples are becoming more and more conceptual and imaginative with their grand day.
While we’re a fan of the traditional tiered dessert, the time has now come for evolved styles that are truly eye-catching. So, here’s a list of what you can devour on your big day.
The Naked Cake
Barely there frosting was once only seen by bakers as a crumb coat before the final layer of frosting was added, but now naked cakes have moved from being an internet trend to a verified bakery staple. It’s a truly remarkable looking cake that’s light on the frosting but heavy on the beauty. Sure, there aren't any fondant decors or buttercream flowers, but you'll be surprised just how many styles there are to choose from when it comes to this interesting bare cake trend. Since the cake layers are completely exposed, any fillings in the cake batter will show through on display. With this mind, the ornaments come to play. Fruits, fondant ornaments, candies, and every little decor in the cake decorating book can be used in this style. This technique makes the cake look rustic, eye-catching, and delectably beautiful.
The Classic All-White Cake
The OG wedding cake that started it all. It was in the 19th century that the modern wedding cake took its familiar form. The Victorian era firmly established this longstanding custom of having cakes in every wedding. Wedding cakes during that time were generally plum cakes or fruitcakes, often created in the stacked tier style which is typical at this present time. The concept of the color white representing purity in a wedding came about only in 1840 when Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert. White icing had become and still is the preferred decoration for wedding cakes—as we can all observe today. With the classic sponge cake decorated with white frosting and white ornaments, one can never go wrong. So, if you're a quintessential bride looking for timeless elements, this is the wedding cake for you.
Dark, Bold, and Beautiful
Dark desserts can make a major statement. If you don't love the look of a traditional white cake, this new trend might be perfect for you. They're dark, a little dramatic, and a bit rebel-looking, but it’s lovely how they can add a bit of edge to the occasion while still maintaining a classic shape or design. Like the timeless white cake, they're just as much of a blank canvas as with white or with any other light color. Although, a black canvas can bring a whole new level of contrast if matched with the right colors.
Ombré or Gradient cake
Ombré, which is a french word with the literal meaning of “shaded”, is created when the colors used progress from light to dark and the results are a dainty “rainbowed” color . Originally, this effect was only used for textiles in the 19th century, but now we have it on everything: objects, clothes, accessories, food, and even skin tone. Adapting that trend, weddings with ombre themes are plentiful now and the wedding cake is no exception. There are many ways in creating an ombre effect: it could be with the classic buttercream frosting, different strips of fondant, or even different colored ornaments that cascade from light to dark. Really, there are no limits. Although most wedding cakes often display that subtle pastel ombre color, some cases show cakes that can go from a bright, contrasting color, to another bright and contrasting color. For those seeking the best of buzzworthy designs, try adding more to the gradient. Edible ornaments, glitter, or even ruffles can give it a little more oomph. So let’s face it, whatever the trend, whatever the century, the ombré/gradient craze is here to stay.
One-tier cake or Double Barrel cake
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Proving what Coco Chanel said, try having this cake at your wedding and see what your guests have to say. Not all wedding cakes have to be a grand, over-the-top, and ten-tiered to wow them. Not only would it be beautiful, it will attract the attention of every person at your reception because it would look effortless and uncomplicated, but still exceptional. It can be kept simple and it would still make a statement without you having to spend a fortune. This cake trend also welcomes the double barrel. A Double Barrel cake is two or three cakes of the same width stacked one on top of another. A long and standing log cake, basically. This gives the couple more possibilities with the decoration—or to extend a design. A single tier can produce a real style statement given that it’s decorated the right way. With such a simple structure of only one layer (or two for double-barrels), you have more opportunities in decorating and there is simply no chance to overdo with it.
Not all people are fond of the concept of simplicity. For them, the grander, the better. But if we take all the grandeur and combine it with something simple but elegant and sophisticated, it will still be the center of attention. Russian cake designer Kalabasa recently ignited the latest cake trend with her Instagram-famous brushstroke cakes. Using colored melted chocolates as decorations, her creations strike a truly modern take on cake decorations. Now, this design may seem too “out there” for some, so here’s an alternative: instead of creating the strokes as separate elements, have the colors painted on the cake itself, which then, makes it look like an edible painting. This is another type of brushstroke cake that is simply stunning. Plus, even if you add more decorations, it would still look put together--that is, as long as it’s done the right way. If you consider this towering dessert as more of a showpiece first and then a dessert after, perhaps this is the way to go.
For modern brides, sometimes a plain white cake or even a classic floral centerpiece won’t do it. They want something edgy—but still chic. That’s where geometry comes in—no, we’re not going back to school—this is better. If you're having your wedding in a contemporary setting like a loft or art gallery, complement the modern space by incorporating geometric patterns like squares, hexagons, and triangles into your design. For instance, instead of the classic circular cake tiers, try having square cakes as the bottom and top tiers and a hexagonal cake for the middle—or a round bottom tier and a square top tier—the options are endless. Playing around with shapes, lines, and edges will bring your big day to a more splendid level.
Tip: Add gold accents or sparkle for that extra glam. What’s bad with eating what looks like a little piece of the future?