A traditional wedding calls for a church venue or romantic location, a white gown for her and a black tux for him, attendants, a bouquet, and a cake. All of these factors can be rather generic, or an imaginative bride can stamp her personality on the whole affair with just a few small adjustments. An especially fun way to tweak tradition is to be creative with the cake. There are truly as many possibilities there are brides.
Why not try a cupcake wedding cake? This option provides the yummy cake that people expect, but can be versatile in flavors, colors, and design. Most bakers these days offer this option. It’s no longer a brand new idea, but is still an unexpected twist on the traditional cake.
Another unusual cake alternative is a doughnut cake. This is a collection of doughnuts, individually frosted, all one flavor or a variety of flavors, arranged in a festive manner to suggest a cake. People think this is fun, and it’s totally unexpected. Plus, some people really prefer doughnuts to cake.
A romantic choice that not many people think of is to build the cake around a small water fountain. The trickling water sounds and the added light make a beautiful presentation that guests will talk about for years.
Cakes don’t have to be white with buttercream frosting. Virtually any flavor is possible, from white to chocolate, pumpkin to cheesecake, red velvet to carrot. It’s certainly acceptable to vary the flavors from one layer to the next. Frosting, too, can be any color, and can complement the season, the bridesmaids’ dresses, or the flavor of the cake. White or ivory is still standard, but any color the bride can imagine can be created by a good pastry chef. Imagine a dark frosting with a profusion of brilliantly colored flowers or leaves scattered all around the cake. Color can add drama, whimsy, texture, and interest to the cake.
Wedding cakes are typically round, stacked units that get smaller toward the top. Just because they’ve usually been this way doesn’t mean they have to, however. Cakes can be made in any shape and stacked, staggered, or spread out however the bride wants it. A baker can even stack the layers so they look like they’re leaning and about to topple. Cakes can be made to look like wrapped presents, buildings, people or animals, trees, flowers, or any of hundreds of shapes and structures.
When it comes to unique wedding cake designs, a bride and groom should brainstorm all the fun ideas they can, sit down with a willing pastry chef, then wait for the oohs and ahs from impressed guests.