wedding

On Display

The ways of displaying your wedding cake are getting just as creative as the cakes themselves. Brides all over the country and adapting there cake display as much as they are their table centres. I think the traditional wedding “rules” are really being broken….

Here is a run down of some of the ways I think are going to continue to develop throughout 2014. Let’s start with my personal favourite:

Over a barrel
I love the rustic style of having the wedding cake displayed on barrels. It’s cute and simple yet lets the cake take centre stage whilst keeping in with that farmhouse style wedding that is becoming increasingly popular this season. Take a look at this example I found on http://rusticweddingchic.com/marriott-ranch-country-wedding through pinterest.
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Also a bit of burlap never hurt anyone….

On a tree stump
Keeping with the rustic theme….
Another simple yet effective presentation technique proving really popular at the moment is the wedding cake presented on a tree stump or “slice” of tree. Think summer, marquee, bunting…..what could go wrong?!
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Flower power
OK so having your wedding cake surrounded by flowers isn’t anything new, but there are so many ways to go about it. your can wrap the base in straw and bright flowers, go for a beautiful light ring of baby’s breath or make a real statement way flower swags around the top of the cake table.
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pandora's cake  (for those of you who share the same guilty pleasure of Real Housewives…. This was pandoras cake!)

On the box
Having the cake displayed on a box leaves so much interpretation and imagination, from wooden boxes, wrapped, colour coordinated or covered in lace, you can really make your mark. Here is a stunning colour coordinated example… (and let’s face it, a few stops and stripes always make for a simple yet effective cake design)
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Silver service 
If you are into a bit of old school glamour, nothing can beat a traditional silver cake stand. Best suited to regal venues, think champagne, chandeliers and white roses!
Akil Bennett | Houston Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Have a table full
Of cake that is, or display your cake as part of your sweetie table. I love the idea of a colour theme sweetie table with the cake pride of place in the centre, just look at this example by sugar ruffles. I am so excited about doing a couple of cakes with sweet tables like this during this summer!
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Remember if you want a wedding or celebration cake quote from The Cake Case get in contact via the website/email, we still have some slots available for this summer!

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Wedding cake tips

So the wedding planning has arrived at the all important cake. Where do you start? and, what happens to the cake after? Here are a few little hints, tips and ideas for your cake.

Small wedding, impressive cake
Having a small wedding but still want that impressive 3 or 4 tiered wedding cake? There are a couple of options…
1. Go with tradition and save the top tier for your first childs christening (or your first anniversary party – disucss this with your cake creator though, as not all cakes are freezable)
2. Get a couple of dummy’s – use dummy tiers to allow you to have that sky scrapping impressive cake without the wastage, and reduce the cost

Do yourself a favour…
I have been to plenty of weddings where the cake is served as dessert, in the evening or boxed up as favours for the guests – all excellent money saving ideas. You already have the cake, you should let them eat it! I fully intend to cut the bad boy up on the day and serve it to the guests, everyone loves a midnight snack and you cant go wrong with cake!

Can’t decide on a flavour?
The groom wants carrot, you want chocolate?! Easy solution, talk to your cake creator and incorporate both flavours into your cake design. Each tier can easily be a different flavour. My personal favorite flavour is chocolate cake with a cookies and cream filling!

Keepsake?
Photos are always going to be your ever lasting keepsake of your special day, but how else can you remember those special moments? If stored carefully handmade sugar flowers can last for years.

I have also seen, through the power of pinterest, there are companys (American I think) where if you send images of your wedding cake they will make a miniture replica that fits in the palm of your hand. How cute!

Proposals Ahoy!

It’s Valentine ’s Day, which can only mean one thing…..proposals ahoy!

Which means it MUST be the beginning of wedding season, so let’s take a quick look at some of the big trends for wedding cakes this year…Hold on to your seats!

Vintage
Firstly, still remaining a firm favourite with brides is the vintage theme; icing lace has really changed the face of vintage style cakes over the last couple of years. Team that with some traditional style piped royal icing, cameos or bird cage styled cakes and you are onto a winner.

Why not take at look at this link to wedding and wedding flowers vintage cake look book page, all the vintage cake ideas you would ever wish for! http://www.weddingandweddingflowers.co.uk/article/98/lookbook-vintage-wedding-cake-ideas

But what else will we be expecting to see this season?

Get Naked….
As we get more and more conscious about the foods we are eating there has been a definite rise in the number of egg free, gluten free, organic cakes available on the market, and there is one wedding cake variation has been booming thanks to our food conscious friends, the “Naked Cake”.

Because you cannot get fondant icing to meet the organic/vegan demands, the “Naked Cake” has become a stunning way to have your cake, and eat it too!

“Naked Cakes” can come in a range of shapes, sizes and styles, usually a traditional style Victoria sandwich, though I have seen some amazing lemon drizzle versions around! But think good old cake, fruit and cream, dusted with icing sugar and decorated with theme matching flowers. To be honest it also makes for a brilliant budget cake too!

Check out www.pinterest.com and just search “naked cake” for a stunning array of cakes and ideas! I’ve spotted purple, cinnamon and pear, ombre pinks and of course chocolate.

Bold and brassy
Other themes taking hold this season include bold colours, geometric patterns and metallic cakes.

All of these styles of cake can be paired with a number of different themes, metallic teamed with vintage to add some subtle gold touches can be the real icing on the cake (sorry had to get that in somewhere!)

To be honest these styles really lend themselves to the bride and groom having some fun with their cake design and creating something really unique to them.

White out…
Another contemporary way to make a real statement with your wedding cake is to go all white, no matter how much detail or what the theme, I have seen some beautiful wedding cakes that are completely white on white.

This article is from back in September 2013, but the gallery has some lovely examples of completely white (or ivory) cakes, which if you are struggling on cake colour choices could be just the answer to your woes. http://www.weddingandweddingflowers.co.uk/article.php?id=330

 

How wedding cakes are being displayed is evolving too, from on barrels, to sweet and dessert tables or individual cakes for each table….but that is a whole different blog post!

I think no matter what theme of your wedding is or the number of guests, your cake is something to have fun with and really make your own. Think of it as your own personal piece of art work….and you get to eat it after too!