Today, most couples are looking to make a statement with their wedding cake. Over the past few years, the wedding cake has evolved from a simple traditional white tiered cake to become one of the focal points of the wedding reception. Couples now use colors, shapes, designs and decorations to create a wedding cake that enhances their style and color scheme. This shift in wedding cake design is showcased on wedding themed television programs such as Ace of Cakes and Amazing Wedding Cakes. The designer cakes featured on these programs include a variety of shapes, styles and colors with intricate details and designs. With a little imagination and creativity, you can style your wedding cake to achieve a designer look without the designer expense.
For the past few years, fondant cakes have increased in popularity because of the smooth appearance of rolled fondant. Now, cake designers are able to create intricate designs and smooth cakes with buttercream icing by using new tools and advanced techniques. As a result, buttercream is once again the icing of choice for 2009. The benefits of buttercream icing are that most people prefer the taste of buttercream to fondant and that buttercream costs much less than fondant.
One way to personalize your wedding cake is to incorporate your color scheme into your cake.
To create more impact, consider adding a colored ribbon or a colored design to a traditional white wedding cake. If you are a trendsetter, consider the dramatic impact a colored wedding cake could have, especially if you add designs and ribbons in contrasting or complimentary colors.
A recent Majestic Gardens’ bride wanted a cake that replicated the look of the traditional tiffany blue box and white satin ribbon that is the trademark of Tiffany & Co. The bride emailed us a picture of her dream cake which was a four tier tiffany blue rolled fondant cake with rolled fondant ribbons and bows. The cake was absolutely beautiful but it was several hundred dollars additional for the fondant cake, ribbons and bow. Rather than incur the additional costs, we suggested a buttercream cake with white satin ribbon. Here is the end result:
We were able to achieve the designer cake look and the only additional cost was for the satin ribbon. Keep in mind that if you decide to go with a ribbon accent, you need to consider the width of the ribbon, as well as the material.
Until next time …