Intricate sugar beading can add some serious sparkle and bling to your wedding cake design, guaranteeing it will pretty much be the center of attention (well, besides you!) at the reception. Each bead or pearl is carefully fashioned from sugar; adding them to the tiers will give your wedding confection a luxe, upscale feel. It's the perfect choice if you're marrying at a grand, ornate venue, like a chic ballroom or historic estate, so work with your cake baker to incorporate some sparkly touches into your cake design so that your wedding dessert complements the opulent setting.
Beading and Quatrefoil (above): This pale-pink wedding cake by Coco Cakes combines sweet fondant ruffles, quatrefoil, and intricate allover beading on the bottom tier.
Photo: Faye Cahill
Beaded Lattice: This elegant cake by Faye Cahill, topped with a sugar magnolia, features intricate edible beading on the bottom tier to create a lattice pattern.
Photo: Bobbette & Belle
Silver Sugar Pearls (above): Each of the four tiers (including the pretty petal-shaped base tier) is trimmed with rows of shiny silver sugar pearls in this confection by Bobbette & Belle. Tiny pearls are also added to the centers of the handmade sugar flowers.
Photo: Katie Parra Photography
All White: White-on-white beading is clean, modern, and utterly chic. Cake design by The Sweet Side.
Photo: Happyhills Cakes
Black and White: Pearl beads in oyster, jet-black, and grey are combined to create a detailed and dramatic mosaic in this cake by Happyhills Cakes.
Photo: Johnny Miller
Ruffles and Beading: Cake artist Maggie Austin paired her signature fondant ruffles with beading inspired by a Jenny Packham wedding gown.
Photo: via Pinterest
Mint-Green Beading: Crisp square tiers are entirely covered in beautiful sugar beads in various shades of soft green and accented with gold fondant cording.
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Art Deco: Also by Faye Cahill, this wedding cake is adorned with sparkly jeweled accents and flapper-style beaded fringe that exudes Great Gatsby glamour.