Unconventional Wedding Cakes

From the dress to the ceremony, weddings have undergone a total revamp of late. Tradition is well and truly out, and self-expression is in: opening up a whole new world of possibilities for the bride and groom to be. Here I look at the realm of the wedding cake, with some unconventional ideas for you to explore!

First, a look at the traditional wedding cake. A multi-tiered fruit cake, covered in white royal icing and decorated – often with ornate piping – it is one of the centerpieces of a wedding reception, with the ceremonious ‘cake cutting’ providing one of the key photo opportunities of the day. Today, wedding cakes are often more unconventional; experimenting with different flavours, decorations and themes. Here are some of my favourite unconventional wedding cakes.

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For the bride and groom looking for a true jaw-dropper of a cake, hand painted decoration can be truly stunning. Using white icing as the canvas, edible decoration is applied with a paintbrush. I love this version from Lorna’s Cakery (right) – it’s elegant, stylish and totally one-of-a-kind.



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If one biscuit was to epitomise an air of quirky-cool, it would be the French Macaron. Not only are they a visual delight, but they taste incredible too – with gorgeous flavour combinations including pistachio, rose, chocolate and even peanut butter. Like the cupcake tower that went before, macarons are now being used to create a tiered stack, with guests invited to take one or two at their leisure. I love the colours and style of Ganache Macaron’s contemporary tower, to the left.



A cheese cake

If you prefer savoury to sweet, the cheese cake has been gaining in popularity and is actually a stunning addition to a wedding display. Using large rounds of cheese, a tiered look is achieved by stacking one on top of the other. Instead of serviettes, serve with your favourite savoury biscuits! This how-to guide from the One Fab Day blog is a great place to begin.

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Un-iced, ‘naked’ wedding cake

Wedding cakes need not be covered in icing to look beautiful. In fact, un-iced ‘naked’ cakes can look incredibly striking – from victoria sponges to ombre cake and everything in between. I adore this version from blogger Binky Nixon (also the photographer of her masterpiece, right)


Themed cakes

Whether you’re going for an all-out themed wedding or simply want elements of your personality to shine through, themed cakes are fun, striking and a great talking point. From zombies to zoo animals and retro gaming to cycling, why not use your cake to incorporate your interests into your wedding reception.

Are you planning on having an unconventional wedding cake? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas – just get in touch via Twitter or Facebook!