You’ve got it all figured out—the perfect dress, the best venue, the prettiest flowers, even the place cards you’ll be using on your big day. And sometimes the last thing you think about when planning your wedding is what kind of cake you want. Not to mention, just how difficult it can be to choose a cake design—the amount of options on Pinterest alone can be completely overwhelming. Sure, you could go for a classic white buttercream, maybe with some fresh florals if you don't want to think about it at all—but what if you don't consider yourself a "traditional" bride? What if you don't want something that's so completely classic?
You could forgo the cake altogether and do a different kind of dessert—pies perhaps!? Or what about a churro or sundae bar (yummm now we're hungry!)? But if you consider yourself both an untraditional bride AND you still want a cake, an easy way to modernize the white, tiered, tried-and-true dessert is to make a simple switch—add color to the base!
The color can come in the form of something bold (we love a deep charcoal—not for the faint of heart!) or something more subtle (a pretty pastel); a chocolate buttercream or fondant; even a non-white pattern—a pretty marbled base is one of our favorite modern ways to do something different.
On the other hand, here's what you should steer clear of when it comes to the non-traditional wedding cake—bright, extremely unnatural hues (varying shades of neutrals like browns, grays, etc. seem to work well as do faint pastels as they have a light touch), and anything too ornate or fussy. A blush cake loses it's coolness when it's five tiers and piped to death—but is totally modern when it's comprised of clean lines, a matte finish, and not too many accouterments.
Here are some of our favorite examples of non-white cakes, executed perfectly—now pin away!