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.
Hand painted cakes
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.
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.
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)
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.