Monday, May 6, 2013

Style coding your cake: What your choice of flavour, colour and finish says about your big day

Your chosen theme and style should tie into every element of your wedding - and the cake is no exception. Read on to discover which piped details, sugared flowers, fondants and fillings are perfect for your special day.

Modern simplicity
Studio Sixty Photography
Classic Cakes
Porfyri Photography

The modern wedding cake comes in many forms, but is usually streamlined in shape and one or two tiers. A bold, limited colour palette characterises these cakes, whilst customised patterns are also becoming a big trend.Try simple floral additions or use succulents to decorate, or for some edible artwork incorporate spun sugar or chocolate shards.

Rustic country
Karen Buckle Photography 
Studio Impressions Photography
Rustic, barnyard affairs created by nannas and mums have well and truly entered the wedding cake world. Homemade-style sponge and fruit cakes with thick, luscious cream and visible layers have become a fantastic personalised option. However, if you just want a taste of homemade style, ask your cake designer about incorporating a textured buttercream frosting or a sprinkling of coconut.

Bedazzled glamour
Studio Sixty Photography
Frosted Indulgence
Bling-loving brides and grooms can easily incorporate dazzling elements into their wedding cake. Crystals, pearlised finishes and large diamante accessories can be extremely striking. For just a touch of sparkle, try a shining jewelled cake topper which can be personalised with the initials of the bride and groom.

Seaside elegance
Life, Love & Light Images 
UK designer Antoinette Patisserie
Beach weddings are the perfect opportunity to use novelty cake decorations – think scatterings of seashells, starfish and pearls. For just a touch of kitschy beach style, simply feature a single starfish atop stiff fondant or ‘waves’ of soft buttercream. Want to keep it simple and elegant? Stick to a fresh colour palette of white against navy, fresh aqua or zingy green.

TWK Studio
Rosalind Miller Cakes UK
Decadence is key when creating a fairytale- worthy cake, so multi-tiered creations with rich chocolate filling, overflowing cupcake stands or extensive dessert buffets are all fitting choices. Buttercream icing adds a mouth-watering softness and can be piped into detailed ripples and features, whilst beaded and piped royal icing is also perfect for ‘princess’-style cakes. Add florals or metallics to complete the dreamy picture.

Colourful and fun
Cakes by Judy C 
Flour Girl | Sarzy O Photography 
Andrea Thompson Photography
Couples looking to inject their wedding day with some fun, humour and colour have set their sights on the wedding cake – a perfect outlet to let their personalities shine through. Brightly-hued mouldings, air-brushed finishes and fondant shapes are all customisable elements and allow total creative freedom. For a touch of the unexpected, try personalising your cake flavour – we’ve seen Mojito, Cinnamon and Neopolitan filled cakes!

Vintage romance
TWK Studio 
Rosalind Miller Cakes UK
Cakes by Judy C
Vintage is an ideal theme for those who love delicate femininity. Lace and crochet elements are becoming a popular choice for vintage-style wedding cakes, as are autumnal shades and pops of antique pink roses. Serve the cake on chintzy, second-hand china plates or create an entire lolly buffet featuring decorative cake stands, glass decanters and delicate pink food labels.

Formal tradition
Flour Girl | Sarzy O Photography 
Sterling Studios
The traditional wedding cake, despite its many reincarnations, is still a popular choice for brides and grooms around the globe.These multi-tiered, white visions can feature extremely detailed beading, latticework and filigree patterns on top of a white fondant canvas.Traditional bride and groom cake toppers are still available, or for a more modern take try delicate sugared flowers or ribbons.

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