Photo: Ali & Garrett Photographers
It's safe to say that wedding cakes are no longer stuck in the days of white fondant and faux-ribbon — not that there's anything wrong with a classic. With tons of playful and unique cake designs out there, from asymmetrical tiers to metallic accents, it's easy to feel the need to have your wedding dessert stand out. Talk to your bakery about giving one of these new wedding cake trends a whirl.
Geode Cake (Above)
Your guests won't be gawking at your engagement ring bling once they lay eyes on this cake. Geode cakes are a work of art, made with sugar cut into your tiers. Choose a "stone" that represents the two of you — the birthstone of the month you're getting married, perhaps?
Photo: Courtesy of Sweet and Swanky Cakes
On your wedding day there are no shortage of opportunities to say "I love you," including on the cake. Your cake designer can pen anything onto your tiers, from calligraphy copies of your vows to a collection of words that bring up your favorite inside jokes. Whatever you choose, inking your cake is a sweet way to say you care.
Photo: Clean Plate Pictures
Marble Wedding Cake
A marbleized cake looks absolutely statuesque on the dessert table. With its swirled pattern, this cake will have your guests wondering how you'll cut into this gorgeous piece of art. Go classic with soft grey and white colors to really bring home the stone pattern, or use your wedding colors for a more modern and festive confection.
Photo: Courtesy of Bliss Wedding and Events, Inc.
A Cake Bar
Skip complicating a classic tiered cake with multiple flavors and deconstruct it all together. A cake bar means you can have as many cakes as you want, in as many flavors as you want. You can frost all of your cakes in white for a cohesive look, or play up their differences with unique icing and toppings.
Photo: Cariad Photography
Alternatives to Cake
Wedding cakes don't actually have to be cake at all. Of course we've seen savory options, from cheese wheels to sushi, but this Oreo stack really takes the, well, cake. If you're not a fan of the sandwich cookie but don't want to rely on classic red velvet either, consider other desserts fit for stacking, like French macarons, lady fingers, or Nutter Butters.
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Photo: Katherine Sabbath via Instagram
Thinking about smashing that cake into your spouses face? Well this trend screams that it's okay to make a mess. A drip cake, be it running chocolate or metallic frosting, will have your guests mouths watering — and their eyes feasting in amazement.
Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Bakes
Yours is a love story for the ages, so why not share it on your cake. With unique 3-D illustrations that pop right off the tiers, you can outfit yours with not just a couple of cake toppers, but a special memory like hiking or hot air ballooning.