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Archive for category Wedding Cakes
There are many aspects to a wedding cake and when you want to choose a sensational wedding cake that sits at your reception for all to see, there are many considerations. You need to think about the style of the cake, the basic design, what kind of flavors you want and even what kind of frosting is on the cake.
The first thing you have to figure out is what you want the cake to look like. Tiered wedding cakes are traditional. This is where you have a large cake on the bottom, a medium in the middle and then topped off by a smaller one. Round is the more common shape, but more and more people are using squares now to be a little different. If you are having an art deco or vintage wedding style then having the cake match would be appropriate.
If you don’t want the traditional tiered cake, you can also choose to go with a molded shape, such as one in the shape of a heart, a wedding bell or something else. If you’ve ever seen any of the cake competitions on TV, you know that a cake can be made into the shape of virtually anything else. Keep in mind that when labor is more intensive, your cake will be more expensive as well.
Once you figure out the design of your cake, you need to consider what it is frosted with. There’s buttercream, fondant and whipped topping. Fondant is more expensive because it has to be rolled, but when you peel the fondant off, you can find buttercream underneath. This may be ideal if you want a flavored buttercream or even a fudge icing without it affecting the overall look of your cake.
The decorations are another important aspect. Do you want real flowers lining the layers or would you like to have handcrafted sugar flowers or other decorative items? Ribbons, dots, lines and many other things can also be piped onto the cake – either in the same color as the rest of the cake or you can incorporate the colors of your wedding bouquet into the cake.
The flavor of the cake is completely up to you. Once upon a time, the choices you would have been given were vanilla, chocolate or marble, but that’s not the only options anymore. There are many cake designers who are offering complex flavors. You can find blood orange and mango, chocolate hazelnut, lemon, coconut, and many others. If you wish to have a filling, this is an option as well. You can go for the fruitier fillings like strawberry and blueberry or the decadent, like mocha praline.
The wedding cake you choose should complement your wedding theme and embody who you are as a couple. Be creative and find a decorator who can make what you want happen and is easy to work with.
Diane writes occasionally for Page Stationery about the many aspects of weddings.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that means stores are FULL of love-themed wedding inspiration! Even if you’re not planning a Valentine’s Day wedding, this is a great time to stock up on wedding supplies like heart shaped chocolates, decor pieces and love themed items that will be harder to find at other times of the year.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day wedding cake ideas for this year. These heart themed wedding cakes are perfect for any wedding – Valentine’s Day or otherwise!
This cake has a little bit of everything – hearts, red, pink, roses and calla lilies – but it’s beautifully done!
I LOVE this one! It’s simple, clean and fun. I love the fondant hearts – such a pretty touch.
Another sweet and simple design – this one offers a bit of a classic, vintage feel.
The simple, clean design on square tiers give this heart themed wedding cake a very modern look.
Wedding cakes can come in a huge price range, from hundreds of dollars into the many thousands. There are several factors that will determine whether you end up paying $2 a slice or $15 a slice. Learn about five easy ways to save money on your wedding cake.
One: Choose Classic Flavors. If you “have to have” an exotic cake flavor, expert to pay more for it than if you select a traditional white buttercream cake with a filling between each layers. The same is true of the cake frosting. Basic buttercream icing is very delicious, and it will cost you less than fondant. A couple of things go into the more expensive price tag for fondant frosting. For one thing, it is harder to work with. Also, fondant is not very tasty on its own, so most bakers do a rough frost of – you guessed it – traditional buttercream frosting under the fondant to improve the flavor. Remember that from wedding cakes to pearl bridal jewelry, things become classics for a good reason. You will definitely not be missing out on anything by opting for timeless cake flavors and a classic frosting.
Two: Avoid Handcrafted Flowers. Lavish sugar orchids that are painstakingly made by hand are spectacular, but they also cost a fortune. An incredible amount of time is required to make realistic looking sugar flowers, and that translates into an incredibly expensive cake. Rather than trying to mimic real flowers, just decorate your cake with real flowers. Fresh flowers are certainly very beautiful, and they are also far less costly than handmade sugar blossoms. If you absolutely must have sugar flowers on your cake, use them only for the cake topper, and decorate the lower tiers with a pretty satin or grosgrain ribbon band around the base of each tier.
Three: Fake It! The tiers, that is. For brides who really like the look of a big dramatic cake, a fantastic money saving tip is to have the baker use some fake layers in the cake. The bottom layer is usually real, and perhaps the top one is too. In between, Styrofoam tiers can be used to create the illusion of a towering cake. Once they are frosted, the fake layers will be absolutely indistinguishable from the real cake. Just be sure that the staff of the reception venue is informed ahead of time which layers to serve and which not to cut!
Four: Scale Down The Cake. If you just cannot imagine having Styrofoam tiers in your cake, another good way to bring down the cost is to have a smaller cake. Brides often do this when they would like to have a lavish cake design, but cannot afford to pay for a full sized version. The baker can make simple sheet cakes in the same flavor as the display cake so you have enough dessert to serve. The caterer cuts the back up sheet cake in the kitchen, so no one will be the wiser. A cute modern way to display a small cake is to have three or five single tier cakes arranged on pretty cake stands on a table. It is a great choice for the bride who likes whimsical handmade looking details, such as letterpress invitations and handcrafted jewelry for the bride.
Five: Order Your Cake From The Grocery Store. Some grocery stores actually have pretty good bakeries. What tends to make their cakes scream “grocery store cake!” is the decorations. The trick here is to order a tiered wedding cake that is simply frosted in white or ivory butttercream. Once the cake is delivered to the reception venue, add your own decorations to make it gorgeous. You could use fresh flowers (your florist can put them on for you if you don’t want to attempt this), a crystal monogram cake topper to match your crystal bridal jewelry, or even a set of pre-made marzipan decorations. When all of the decorations are in place, you will have a beautiful wedding cake, and no one will ever suspect how much money you saved.
Bridget Mora writes for www.silverlandjewelry.com, giving brides helpful wedding planning tips on all sorts of topics. Silverland Jewelry is your source for the most exquisite affordable bridal jewelry to match your wedding dress.
Tiger lilies are one of my favorite flowers – but unfortunately they are one of those flowers that have such a bright colour and unique shape that it’s easy to make them look horrible! So – I went looking for some ideas for tiger lily weddings done right – and here is what I found.
Tiger Lily Wedding Cakes:
Tiger Lily Bouquets (I was surprised how hard it was to find these! There are A LOT of really ugly tiger lily bouquets out there!)
Tiger Lily Wedding Invitations
Summer is coming and summer wedding planning is in full swing. If you are planning a beach or destination wedding and would like to DIY your wedding cake, here is a few great tips to get you started!
Learn how to work with fondant! If you haven’t used fondant before, you’re going to want to practice a few times before your wedding. You can buy fondant premade or as a powder mix at most cake decor suppliers and large craft stores. If you would like to make it from scratch, you can find recipes on Baking 911. To learn a little more about using fondant, read Martha’s Article on Fondant. Once you have decided on the fondant you will be using – either store bought or homemade – it is time to practice using it.
Preparing The Cake
You will need round cakes in three different sizes. You will want to purchase or rent wedding cake pans for full size layers. Each layer should be placed on a cardboard base (cut your own our buy pre-cut cake bases from a craft store or cake decorating st0re) and then covered with fondant. Dowels placed into the cake cut to the height of each layer will help support the layers so that they don’t fall into each other.
Decorating The Cake
Use additional fondant to create long “snakes” and twist into ropes to trim the bottom of each layer. This helps to hide any of the cardboard base that may be showing and also hides any uneven edges. Then decorate the cake to suit using various shells and sea decor items from the craft store. They can be glued together using a hot glue gun to create a cake topper. Matching clusters, each attached to a pick, can also be placed into the cake between layers.
Instead of a fondant rope, use a string of faux pearls to trim each layer. If you are ambitious – roll your own “pearls” out of fondant and paint with a shimmering edible paint from a cake decorating store. Star fish, shells and other sea decor items set around the base of each layer in clusters – these can be held in place using a bit of royal icing which will harden and hold once dry. Create a floral cake topper by arranging silk flowers on a small piece of floral foam.
Planning a Christmas wedding? Here are a few of our favorite Wedding Cake ideas for a red Christmas wedding.
Our first pick is a whimsical present themed cake in white and silver with just a touch of red – this cake could be customized to suit other color schemes easily as well – from Tasty Wedding Cakes. For nature loving couples, our second pick brings in clean lines accented with acorns, holly and berries for a simple yet stunning wedding cake by Jacques Pastries.
Our third pick, and my personal favorite, features wide ribbon edges with delicate detailing for a festive look that would work any time of year – by Maison Fantaisie. Next is a beautiful piece from The Twisted Sifter that features a modern look with a touch of traditional brought in by the poinsetta accents. Planning an all white wedding or want less red? Use different colors for the fondant accents and/or opt for white poinsettas!
Our fifth cake brings in traditional accents on a modern square cake for a beautiful finish – by Buddy of Carlo’s Bakery! Looking for something truely traditional that brings Christmas without looking to “Christmas”? Our last pick is the perfect fit – Red roses and gold accents work perfectly for a Christmas wedding.
If you’re thinking about trying to DIY your wedding cake, here is an idea I love!.
How to Make Heart Shaped Cupcakes
I LOVE this idea – these are very simple to make and they look adorable. They would definitely be a hit for your wedding, and you can ice them how ever you wish to suit your theme or colors.
Celebrate your spring wedding with a beautiful cake! The season lends itself to many beautiful cake designs for weddings, each lovelier than the last. These are some of the prettiest spring wedding cake ideas.
Cherry Blossoms. Few things are more emblematic of the arrival of spring than spectacular flowering branches. A pink cherry blossom wedding cake is gorgeous for any spring wedding, whether your style is traditional or contemporary. The graceful lines of the dark brown branches and delicate pink blossoms look elegant flowing down the tiers of a cake. To give the cake a more modern appeal, opt for a minimalist design with a single flowering branch over a background of smooth fondant. A more romantic version of a cherry blossom cake can be created by using a softer buttercream frosting and adding additional blossoms to the top of the cake and along the base of each tier.
Birds. A delightful idea for a spring wedding cake is one with a bird motif. There are several great approaches one can take with this theme. A flat scene with bird and forest silhouettes can be wrapped around the cake for a very unique design. If you are planning a wedding with a lot of handcrafted details, from the bridal jewelry to the invitations, a handmade twig nest with a pair of wooden birds as the cake topper would be a terrific take on the bird motif. A couple could also pick a specific bird to feature on their wedding cake, such as the bluebird, which represents happiness.
Faberge Eggs. If your wedding is close to the Easter season, a fabulous idea for a wedding cake is to decorate it to look like a Faberge egg. Each Faberge egg was like a tiny beautiful world in miniature; a great way to interpret this concept for a wedding cake is to have a series of tiny scenes painted around the tiers of the cake. Each little picture could be inside an oval frame of frosting, as if one were peeking inside a Faberge egg. It would be especially pretty to show a single variety of spring flower inside each egg shape, or let your imagination run wild with fanciful scenes of your choosing.
Pastels. For the bride who loves all things pretty and feminine, a mixed pastel wedding cake would be ideal for a spring wedding. Each tier can be frosted in a different pastel color, such as lemon yellow, rose pink, baby blue, spring green, lilac, and apricot. To tie the different colors together, use a unifying accent around the base of each tier. It could be as simple as a white grosgrain ribbon, or something more elaborate. White frosting bows would be very sweet at the base of each tier for “girly girl” brides. If you are planning to wear pearl bridal jewelry, you could ask your baker to adorn each tier with a row of frosting “pearls”. The effect will be nothing short of delightful – pure spring!
Spring is a time of rebirth and beauty – no wonder it is such a popular season for weddings. It is a lot of fun to let the wonders of the spring season inspire your wedding, especially when it comes to the wedding cake. With so many lovely options for spring wedding cakes, the hardest part might just be narrowing it down to one favorite theme!
Bridget Mora is a former bridal shop manager.She has witten numerous articles about weddings,fashion and jewelry for SilverlandJewelry.com . Silverland Jewelry has provided elegant bridal jewelry for thousands of satisfied brides. Custom jewelry in your wedding colors also make beautiful bridesmaid gifts.
I found this little gem on Etsy while browsing Valentine’s Day gift ideas early today – SO CUTE!!!! This hedgehog cake topper is made by PassionArt and she has a great selection of other cute toppers as well. $52 – not bad at all.
I love fall – especially the colors. It’s beautiful out there today – warm and sunny – and I spent two hours walking around the neighbor hood, enjoying the fall colors. I realize it’s been a long time since I posted a gallery of Fall wedding cake inspiration. Actually – four years! (Check out our last fall wedding cake gallery from 2006) So – I spent a little time browsing the internet today for some new inspiration for brides planning upcoming fall weddings. Here are my favorites – click on the image to go to the source page for that particular cake.