Just like every other element of a wedding, the wedding cake takes its design cues from the reception location and style—whether it’s an industrial loft, cozy restaurant, or glamorous hotel ballroom. Brides.com Editor in Chief Julie Raimondi presents some options that will fit right in with any wedding concept:
The Upscale Garden Wedding
Enchanted by formal English gardens, cake designer/legend Sylvia Weinstock mixed the lush look of sugar-dough peonies and boxwood leaves with square tiers slathered in buttercream.
The Modern Loft Wedding
Artful and unique, this Art Deco-inspired design by Maggie Austin Cakes features 5,020 hand-formed fondant pearls and a sculptural gumpaste flower.
The Cool Restaurant Wedding
A touch of “crafty” mixes with a whole lot of “chic” on this cake by The Caketress decorated with pom-poms, gold antique keys and buttons, and a large sugar flower.
The Sweet Backyard Wedding
Sweet and simple is the name of the game. Velvety chocolate cream cheese icing covers tiers accented with halved bite-size cupcakes and fresh-picked blooms in this cake by Kitchenette Restaurant.
The Glamorous Ballroom Wedding
This five-tier hexagon gold fondant cake by Confetti Cakes uses a variety of textures to create even more drama—perfect for a reception space that has a lot of architectural interest.
And…The Alternative to the Alternative
Cup-pies! It’s the end of the line for cupcakes as an “alternative” option—they are officially a mainstream wedding cake stand-in. And while cutting the cake is one tradition we actually like, if you want to lean even more left of center, cup-pies are a clever, homespun alternative.
Julie Raimondi is Editor-in-Chief of Brides.com and Brides Local Magazines—16 local wedding magazines in the top U.S. markets. She created Brides Local Magazines in 2004 to provide a more creative and service-oriented editorial approach to wedding planning in a clean and shop-ready design that two out of three brides prefer. In November of 2009, she was given stewardship of Brides.com to bring her successful editorial brand of service and style to the web. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son.