Nowadays there are many alternatives to the wedding cake. You can have the wedding cake designed in any shape, color or you can have a wedding cupcake cake instead. It is everyone’s choice on what they want for the wedding, but a lot of people choose cupcakes over the wedding cake, because they can be baked by the bride or someone familiar to her, they can serve a variety of flavors and frostings. You don’t have to have a single design for the cupcakes; you can choose to decorate them in any way. However, there are many ways in which you can display the cupcakes so they look elegant and not just party snacks for children.
A cupcake tower is a great way to display the mini cakes. They can be set up in the form or a wedding cake by using tiered platters and for a more elegant looks, you can consider a cascading platter instead. You can still have wedding toppers or on the final platter you can add fresh flowers or fondant figurines, bows and so on. The whimsical design for the wedding cupcakes is another great idea, because cupcakes can be frosted with anything the couple wants. For instance, in case you are a big fan of outdoor activities, you can use green icing and then each cupcake can have a mini tent on top of them.
Moreover, after you frost the cupcakes, you can pipe letters on top. They can have the initials of the bride and groom or you can spell a message that means a lot to you. This way everyone will be fascinated by your idea and will have a lot of fun reading out the message on the cupcakes. Even though cupcakes come in small shapes, this does not mean they can’t be dressed like a large wedding cake. They can be decorated with flowers made or sugar or edible gold or silver balls. You can use all sort of decorations, such as mini bows, hearts, stars, even pearls and so on.
The flavors of the cupcakes can vary. The traditional flavors are chocolate and vanilla, but there are so many other options available, such as red velvet, mocha, fruit flavors, and marble, with custard filling, fruit jelly, marshmallow and more. You can consider of many ways in which to display the cupcakes as well. They can be arranged artfully on a table or on a tiered cake stand.
White wedding cakes are not modern, they are traditional and remain a classic indeed, but nowadays weddings tend to step out of normal boundaries and to go off limits. If the groom has no objections, you can go for hot pink at the wedding theme and make your wedding your dream day. There are many hot pink wedding cake ideas you can stumble upon and your guests will surely pass the cake and admire it. Instead of using just simple roses on the cake, you can choose however to place cascading flowers down the layers in a dramatic style. It is your wedding day, so have it done as you always dreamed about.
Also, wedding cakes don’t have to be shaped round anymore; you can have the cake designed like whatever you like. For example, go for stacks of shopping boxes instead of the simple, tiered cake, each stack can be colored in a different shade of pink and the hot pink can be represented by the ribbons wrapping the boxes. A double tiered foundation can be filled with icing and additional, smaller double layered cakes with gradient sizes can be placed on top of the other two. The entire cake can be iced in light pink fondant or buttercream frosting. Shape ribbons out of fondant and place them atop of the cake and pull the hot pink ribbons down the sides. Instead of the cake topper, you can choose to have a large hot pink bow instead.
Instead of the wedding cake, you can have a pink cookie wedding cake. Choose any shape you prefer either round or square and build the layers in an unconventional manner. The cake can then be iced with pink buttercream frosting. And to make things even more interesting, use strawberry sugar wafer cookies and press them in the frosted side of each layer. How do you feel about cupcakes? A modern view of weddings is to use cupcakes instead of wedding cakes, but with a lot of style and elegancy of course. The tiered cake can still be made, but from plywood. The entire display can be painted in pink and the pink cupcakes can be placed in martini glasses and then on the tiers of the fake cake. This will result in a sophisticated display of the cupcakes and instead of olives; you can use green candied cherries, to have the complete masterpiece.
As you can see, there are many alternatives to choose from.
Looking for a fun wedding instead of a traditional and conventional one? Well, then, perhaps the following fun wedding cake designs might give you an inspiration and a little inside on how much fun a wedding cake can be. The wedding day is without doubts the most important day and everyone wants to make it as special as possible. But some couples choose to add some spark to their wedding, just to make it memorable and so guests will remember it with joy and pride.
Pictures can be converted directly on the wedding cake and you can incorporate a picture with the two of you, perhaps a funny one. Cake professionals can convert the picture directly on icing and you can choose the colored version of the black and white picture, which has a more classic and beautiful appeal. For a fun and colorful wedding cake, how about making each layer of the cake different? Each layer can be decorated as presents and tied up with large bows and ribbons. Get creative with the wrapping papers even and what makes this cake actually appealing is the variety of colors and patterns added. Consider it as the perfect wedding gift from your cake artist.
A skyline representative wedding cake can be perfect. If you and your spouse have a favorite skyline, the design can be reflected in the wedding cake. You can even choose the city you are heading for your honeymoon or the favorite city in the world. How about an Eiffel Tower wedding cake? It will surely delight your guests and will be the main attraction at the wedding, besides the couple of course. Couples who are friendlier with nature and who want a rustic theme at their wedding can choose a cake shaped like a tent or as a bark, with leaves, animals and so. a beach wedding theme can be complemented with a wedding cake decorated with shells, sand castles, umbrellas and cake toppers that fit perfectly.
Finally, in case you don’t want to bother so much and you still want a classic cake, fun wedding toppers can twist the whole picture. Replace the traditional bride and groom on top of the cake and use something funny, like the bride dragging the groom to the altar, perhaps even animal figurines and so on. Toppers can be customized, so there are a lot of options to take into account.
When you go to a wedding, you expect everything to be perfect, to have that clean look and the wedding cake to be white, classic, with stacked tiers and so on. But things are not necessarily this way these days. Couples looking for planning a less traditional wedding can look for something that expresses more of what they are as a couple. Unique wedding cakes can still be elegant and nice looking, but they incorporate the personalities of the married couple.
The groom cake is ordered by the bride for the groom and it can be designed in any shape, according to what the groom might like. Consider the hobbies of the groom; perhaps he is passionate about cars, so the cake can be shaped as his dream car. Maybe he is into sports or video games, the cake can have any shape and it can even reflect the favorite food of the groom, of course, if it is fries and burgers, then just the looks will be the same, but not the taste. White wedding cakes are perfect for classic weddings, traditional and such. But in order for a cake to reflect someone’s true personality, the cake must be decorated properly. How about choosing animal print fondant or sculptures made out of gum paste? Illustrate your relationship and your love story within the cake, so everyone can tell that it is special and means a lot.
Instead of the traditional, tiered wedding cake, mini cakes are a great decision. They have the same size as cupcakes, but they are decorated as full size wedding cakes. This allows each guest to have his own wedding cake, but they can be used as wedding favors as well. Mini cakes can be personalized with the initials of each guest. For using them as a wedding cake, put them on cake stands and decorate them beautifully, so when they are stacked together, they give the impression of a real cake.
Finally, in case you have a favorite move, you like a book or a game; anything can be represented in the wedding cake. On each tier there can be placed decorations in order to create a storyline and the cake toppers can easily be replaced with unique examples, not just the classic groom and bride sitting next to each other. Now that you got the point on what unique wedding cakes can be like, it is time to create your own.
A winter wonderland wedding can be stunning. Just imagine the beauty of sleeping nature, white everywhere, the cheers and the bells of the holiday around the corner and the joy of the event. A winter wedding can be expressed through the winter wonderland wedding cake, which can be decorated in such a way to represent both winter and your special event. But in order to create the perfect wedding cake, you need various winter decorations for the cake, plastic, wood or even edible, but in the end the cake will look absolutely stunning.
If you are good with baking and decorating, you can choose to make the wedding cake yourself, but you can always leave it to a professional if you want a more whimsical wedding cake. a simple way to replace the cake is to have a fruitcake instead, being a sophisticated way of bringing winter at your wedding. Use small Christmas ornaments and packages to decorate the cake, in case your wedding is close to the holiday. You can even place miniature decorated Christmas trees on various layers of the cake. Winter wonderland is also related to the nature and what it offers in this season. Such items are represented by holly berries and holly leaves, poinsettia, magnolia leaves, berries, pinecones and more.
Some of the flowers and leaves can be poisonous, so perhaps it is not such a good idea to leave the guests eating them. This is why a good alternative would be to make them out of fondant or apply icing in various shapes of the flowers. They can look so real that guests will not even know the difference. You can however decorate the cake with real fruits. For a festive look, use silver and gold bells around the wedding cake. How you display the cake is also very important and you can even have a simple, white cake, with a winter inspired topper, but on the table where the cake stands, you can place all sorts of decorations.
Cake toppers can express a lot about the wedding, the theme. You can choose a crystal sleigh, big Christmas silver present with a bow on top of the cake. If you are having the cake done by a professional, you can switch to a modern view and thus bake a cake in shape of a snowflake or a present, a winter wonderland castle and so on.
Renaissance wedding cakes are a perfect complement to a Renaissance theme wedding. It is a classic era and you can use so many ideas to make the wedding cake, or to inspire your baker to do it. You can use the flavors of that period; fruits and flowers or you can just use a simple wedding cake and put a crown or a castle as a topper. Just think about what you like the most of the Renaissance period and incorporate them in your wedding cake.
A simple, white wedding cake can be decorated with anything you can imagine; you can consider it your painting board. Use roses of various colors to complement the simple cake and you can also use other types of flowers, as long as they bring the tribute to the opulence and romance of the Renaissance era. Flowers should be in rich reds, purple, green and gold. Try to use whimsical flowers, such as sunflowers and gerbera daisies or try a chocolate rose. The Bride’s Pie had a lot of popularity near the end of that period of time. The pie was then filled with sweet breads; it can actually be just a mutton pie or a mince pie. Instead of throwing the bride’s bouquet to determine who will be the next to marry, in those times, inside the cake was placed a glass ring and whoever found the ring, was next to marriage.
In case one pie seems too simple for you, consider multiple pies displayed on separate tables, as another option to the traditional wedding cake. If you have an artist as a baker, or you can choose a different shape for the cake, ask the baker to prepare a three dimensional crown shaped cake. It is indeed a modern vision, but with the Renaissance elements. To give the cake a royal look, use crystals and gilded borders. Cake toppers can be replaced with crowns.
In case you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a Renaissance wedding cake, focus more on the topper instead. A castle cake topper is suitable; it will make your guests think about the knights with their ladies’ flowers in their helms. You can easily incorporate any of these ideas for your wedding cake and you will definitely have something to impress. Focus on other elements as well, such as flowers and decorations, so you can have a perfect Renaissance themed wedding.
Wedding cakes are keeping evolving, just like any trend in weddings. Non traditional wedding cakes are defined by their artistry, they are bold and they dare to be different and have various shapes, decorations and fillings. They easily reflect the couple’s personality and you might not find them in any bakery shop around the corner, they are usually designed and custom ordered. So, if you are looking for non traditional wedding cakes, then you can definitely choose from some of the ideas below.
Traditional cakes are known to be round and tiered, well, contemporary cakes can have square shapes, hexagonal and they can be placed on separate cake stands. For example, a three tiered chocolate hexagonal wedding cake can be decorated with pink buttercream flowers. A four tiered wedding cake can easily be accented with black and silver brocade. As already mentioned, stacking the tiers on top of each other is not a rule to be followed anymore. A cake artist can set the tiers apart to form the feeling of imbalance. The tiers can have various heights and sizes, shapes and they can be placed side by side rather than vertically.
Wedding cakes can also have motifs and it seems that modern days embrace the earth motifs. These colors can be integrated in the cake, especially for an outdoor wedding, where green feels like home. Add architectural details on the cake using icing moldings. For weddings hosted at fancy hotels and ballrooms an opulent cake can be designed with elegant and sophisticated boarders’ details. Cakes can now have any shape that the couple desire and they can be integrated in the theme of the wedding. For example, if the couple loves sports, the cake can be made to look like a stadium, with the players on it, the ball and everything. There are many possibilities and it only depends on the couple’s preferences.
Not only the cake can be nontraditional, but the toppers and the ornaments as well. Cascading fondant ribbons can wrap up the cake beautifully, especially if it is a multi-tiered wedding cake. Use fresh flowers instead of the classic toppers, edible pearl decorations, fresh fruits, branches and even crystals for that glam and sparkle look. White doves can also add a very natural look, elegant and classy. You can choose from all sorts of toppers and designs; your imagination is the limit. So step out of the traditional boundaries and come up with a non conventional idea and theme.
The wedding cake is the centerpiece of the reception and no matter if you are having a small wedding or you plan on spending less on it, the cake must look stunning. A heart shaped wedding cake reflects the personality of the couple, no matter if it is a traditional or sophisticated cake. Just stick around and you will see some ideas based on this kind of shape for your wedding cake.
The three tiered wedding cake is a tradition and if you can’t afford a lavish fondant cake, a butter cream frosting will do the trick just fine. You can have the three tiered wedding cake in shapes of a heart and you can place the two tiers stacked directly one another and the third stack can be raised on pillars. Consider using flowers for decoration, no matter if they are natural or artificial. Use a traditional cake topper or go for something more modern, according to your taste. Elegant heart shaped wedding cakes are sleek and they can be used to express the simple beauty of the wedding. A simple tiered wedding cake covered with white frosting or fondant can have a base of artificial jewels on a string, for a rich design. On top, you can place roses to complete the look.
Sophisticated cakes can have a complex design, with elegant toppers and multi-tiered. If your wedding is designed in a light color, you can choose the groom’s cake for a darker approach. The heart shaped groom’s cake can be decorated with a tuxedo design for a classy look. Use dark fondant to cover the shaped buttons and the bow tie for a very realistic design. To add color, you can decorate the cake with fresh fruits. Whimsical weddings can add that artistic touch and lead to an artistic wedding cake with bold colors. Curve the bottom of the heart cake as commas to add a twist. The layers can be displayed on different plates, rather than stacked together. Use dots for decoration, red hearts, and scrolls to provide an unconventional impression.
Three or four layers can be tiered on top of each other, covered with colored fondant and decorated with pink dots and red hearts. Make the cake as unconventional or as classy as you want, but make it part of the wedding, so it will fit with the décor, colors and the style. It is the main attraction indeed, but choose it wisely.
Fashion and trends are not only applied with everyday outfits, but also when it comes to weddings. Each year there are new trends set and brides can choose to be modern or to stick with the classic and traditional. A modern wedding cake goes beyond the limits and comes with new ideas, revolutionary decorations, shapes, tastes and more. Also, modern views on the wedding cake include bold lines and contrast, to catch everyone’s eyes. Modern wedding cakes with ribbon can be created using fondant, which is the most popular cake decoration material. You can make everything out of fondant, roll it into a thin shape and create a flawless cover over the cake or ribbons to cover up the layers and to make the cake look simply stunning.
The illusion of a satin ribbon winding around the tiered cake can be created for a modern style, very catchy for that matter. Imagine a three layer chocolate cherry wedding cake with smooth brown fondant and a thick pink fondant that resembles a ribbon, wrapped around each layer. You can simply put a white rose in the middle of the fondant bow to substitute the classic toppers. You can also include another shade of pink for the ribbon that can go from the bottom of the cake to the top. Modern wedding cakes don’t have to be round anymore; they can have any shape you can imagine, including hexagonal shapes, square and oval. Each hexagonal tier can be separated with a gray ribbon; in case you have a white wedding cake or gray is included in the color scheme of the wedding.
A multi-tiered wedding cake can have cascading fondant ribbons to create a whimsical look. As for cake toppers, couples can choose fresh flowers, edible decorations, white doves and many more examples. If you really want something special, you can go with the charlotte wedding cake, which has a filling of raspberry mousse, wild strawberries on soft almond biscuits. A signature, red, satin ribbon can wrap up each tier. You can engrave the names of the bride and groom on the ribbon, for a more suitable look. Charlotte is a great substitute for a wedding cake, because it is in the same time, light and rich.
In case you have a simple wedding cake, white or in a pale color, the ribbon wrapping up the tiers can be bold, to make the cake stand out.
Despite of the traditions and everyone telling that white wedding cakes are a must, you don’t have to stick to them. Nowadays couples tend to do things differently and they have the possibility of choosing from various ideas and possibilities. It is not necessary to stick to classic, because a little twist at weddings will even wake people up. At your wedding you can be as weird and out of the ordinary as you like. Just follow your instincts, what you like and don’t go for the traditional cakes. Here are some weird wedding cake ideas you can get inspired from.
Weddings are now based on themes and you can design the cake according to the theme of the wedding. Many Star Wars fans apply the movie to their wedding and you can have the cake decorated with planets, stars, space ships and more. You can even design the same ship from the movie as your wedding cake. A NASCAR themed wedding can involve a car wedding cake. There was even a couple who loved fast food and instead of the wedding cake, they decided to have a huge burger, so everyone could feast on it. That is one idea you can put in practice as well, even if it is not the healthiest one.
The colors for the wedding cake don’t have to be classic, like white or ivory, choose the colors your heart desires. You can even go with a Gothic wedding if you are both fans of Goth music and choose a red deep cake with black accents on it. For a sea inspired theme, an aqua blue colors works perfectly. Many safari lovers incorporate their passion into the wedding cake and they even choose dark green for the cake and decorate it with lots of greenery and animal toppers. Integrate your hoppy and your passion at the wedding and make the cake be a perfect blend with everything else.
As for the shape, round and square don’t need to be for you, think of anything else. Mix various shapes like circles, hearts, and stars or develop a wedding cake shaped like something you love. For instance, at a medieval themed wedding, you can use Bundt cakes cut into pieces to create the mighty dragon. If you really want something weird, give up the traditional wedding cake completely and go with Ding Dongs shaped as a wedding cake or Twinkies, fruit pies or a giant banana split.