Decked Out Desserts

ALP_HA_0911The wedding cake can be a fun way to express personal style and really wow guests. Lately, simple and elegant multi-tier designs have become more appealing to couples.

“My most popular cakes right now are textured buttercream with fresh or sugar flowers,” says Tamantha Cain of Choux Cake Studio. “Piped rosettes are very popular, and they’ve helped bring back other piped buttercream designs like scrolls and dots.”

When supermodel Kate Moss married Jamie Hince, she thought flowers and scrolls were a good idea, too. Her six-tier wedding cake reflected the growing trend of incorporating elegant fashion into wedding day dessert choices. Similarly, actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ cake was also multi-tiered, tall and white with flowers ornamenting the top and bottom.

If you love the lace look on your gown, you can also incorporate the design into dessert. Some brides want their cake to reflect their favorite part of their dress, and the top cake makers can accommodate. More people want a cake that tastes as good as it looks, too. Flawless fondant designs are taking a backseat as tasty, unstructured buttercream designs are making a comeback.

“The most popular colors are champagne gold, shades of cream, pale blush pink and shades of grey and silver,” says Carol Krupinski of Classic Cakes in Jax Beach. She also says many couples are choosing toppers with words, initials and cute sayings to add a personal touch.

Although fewer couples are opting for intricate designs, many try to match their cake colors to the theme or venue. “Hand-painted cakes are also a fun and elegant way to add color,” says Cain. Some popular painted designs are marble-style, watercolor and even cakes modeled after famous works of art.

“Deconstructed” or “naked” cakes are also making more appearances. To create this edgy effect, multi-layered cakes are frosted in between the layers, but not around the outside.

Choosing a wedding cake can be overwhelming, but keeping it simple can save a lot of time and effort. Overall, personalized designs and custom color schemes are on the rise, with the time-tested white and chocolate cake flavors underneath.

By Jordan Bebout • Photo by Agnes Lopez

(Cake from Classic Cakes)

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