Hurray for cake! Whether or not you make it yourself, your cake is your chance to show your creative side. You can opt for something fanciful and playful, an homage to an animal theme perhaps. Or, go for something simple and elegant, with clean modern lines. If you’re making the cake at home, give yourself plenty of time to experiment. Wedding cakes are much harder to make than they look! Here are some ideas for a stunning, creative masterpiece: the capstone of your perfect wedding day.
Bright and Beautiful with Locally Grown Flowers
Adding colorful flowers to your cake’s tiers is an easy and economical way to dress up your dessert. Plain tiered cakes are dramatically less expensive than their decorated cousins but they don’t look that way adorned with pretty flowers.
Frozen Sorbet Bombe
We can all thank Martha Stewart for these incredible organic sorbet cakes. I’ve never seen anything like them! They’re sculptural, almost architectural, and so colorful to boot. All you need is some store-bought organic sorbet. You can make your own with ice and fruit if you’ve got the time but it’s a little tricky getting the consistency firm enough for molding. Once you’ve got the sorbet, use cake molds to shape it, stack it, and you’re done!
Eco Tiers with Fruit
Instead of stacking your tiers directly on top of each other, use apples to give your cake depth, height, and character. Apples are particularly appropriate for autumn weddings, when the delicious, crispy fruit is in season. It’s important to get organic local apples though, since the skin is so thin, pesticides can easily leach into the fruit. If you like the idea of using fruit but also want to have a traditional tiered cake, try using the fruit as a pretty decoration, like in the image below.
Multiple Smaller Cakes
If you’ve got choosy guests, want to make the cakes yourself, or want to make it a group effort, you can sidestep a lot of the fuss by serving several smaller cakes. With multiple cakes, you can try your hand at a variety of decorating techniques, from piping to frosting flowers to sugar sculptures. If you make a mistake on one cake, you have plenty of other ones to stand in its place.
13 Unique Wedding Cakes That Are Anything But Traditional
Of all the sweet moments you'll have on your wedding day, one of the best may just be enjoying your cake. Serving wedding cake is one of the most popular traditions still upheld today by couples. According to The Knot 2019 Real Weddings Study, 76 percent of couples who got married last year served wedding cake, and of those, 82 percent held a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Perhaps you, too, want to follow this tradition, but you'd rather give it a modern spin. If so, you'll need a unique wedding cake that's anything-but-traditional.
If flowery white cakes aren't your style, there are plenty of modern wedding cake designs that will make yours stand out. Fresh twists like succulent clusters, tilted tiers or geometric cake stands will elevate your cake and make it an unforgettable part of your reception. If this sounds like what you envision serving on your wedding day, you'll be thrilled to know there are plenty of ideas to get you started on designing your ideal cake. Below, we've rounded up the best unique wedding cakes of 2020 for maximum inspiration. Find one (or two) that you love, and let it inspire your own.
Geometric and Marble Flair
A geometric stand separates the top two tiers from the bottom, making this modern wedding cake design impossible to miss. With a light gray marble finish and eucalyptus sprouting from all angles, this confection is perfect for those who love clean, minimalistic styles. The addition of gold geometric cutouts placed around the cake add a pop of color to the muted palette.
This topsy-turvy cake is a must for those hosting a whimsical wedding. Branches and hanging grass add a woodsy flair to the white textured tiers, while Spanish moss poking out from under each layer makes this cake feel like a 3-D work of art. Plus, since incorporating various types of greenery is one of 2020's biggest wedding trends, this unique wedding cake design is a delicious way to make your confection feel modern and fresh.
Naked and Tilted Tiers
This modern wedding cake combines two of-the-moment trends—naked icing and tiled tiers—for a cake that's simply unforgettable. While your guests might question the physics of a gravity-defying cake like this, they'll have no problem indulging in the modern treat. Blooming flowers and succulents on every level help make it stand out.
Thin garlands of greenery adorn this textured cake. A variety of tier shapes add dimension to the design, while the modern, minimalistic green garlands give this cake an elegant finishing touch.
If you're all about the details, a hand-painted cake is a must for your wedding. The gold geometric designs on this cake table are accented with gold foil encircling the cutting cake. With gold and white florals and a small pop of crimson, this modern wedding cake design is a total eye-catcher.
Blue watercolor brushstrokes bring the only pop of color to this otherwise white tiered cake. Your wedding cake doesn't have to be an extravagant treat covered in icing flowers and colorful design if it's not fit to your taste. Instead, having a light pop of color on one tier is a unique wedding cake idea that will still garner all of the attention. Plus, if you're looking for a creative way to incorporate something blue, leave it to your caterer to make the magic happen.
Gold and Greens
Unique wedding cakes don't have to include over-the-top elements. Single-tiered cakes are great options for couples who may want to serve alternative wedding desserts without totally giving up tradition. This small serving cake is perfect for a ceremonial photo op—plus, with modern additions like a gold flecks and simple greenery as décor, it's a trendy addition to the sweets table.
Hidden Geode Cluster
The latest update on this popular style is the inclusion of hidden geode designs, which is a fun way to surprise your guests. After all, who wouldn't be delighted by a sugary gem cluster hidden in the center of a wedding cake? Not only would a geode cake make for a great Instagram snap, it's one of the most fun modern wedding cake ideas for couples who want to break with tradition.
Chocolate lovers, this unique cake idea is for you. Wedding cake designs don't always have to be clean and polished. If you want to serve your guests a mouth-watering treat, consider having an icing drip added to your cake. This rustic cake's chocolate drip stands out against the white icing—so if you choose to emulate this design, you'll be counting down the seconds until you can dig in.
Looking for unique wedding cake ideas that don't actually involve the cake? Go for an unexpected cake stand to deliver serious wow factor. This cake sits atop a tree stump-inspired stand, making it a perfect option for nature-loving couples. If you love this idea, look for stands that will hold tiers at various levels to make your cake feel effortlessly cool and modern.
Perhaps you don't want a geode in the middle of your cake. If you still like the look of them, though, consider having a similar topper sit on the highest tier of your cake. Get it personalized with your monogram or leave it plain—no matter what you choose, the eye-catching decoration will bring a modern touch to your dessert.
If your home is filled to the brim with succulents, why not incorporate them into your wedding cake too? Perfect for newlyweds with green thumbs, a simple cake accented with succulents is a fun way to pay homage to your love of self-sufficient plants and your affinity for modern design. The simplicity of this single-tier cake is great for those who don't love over-the-top wedding cakes.
Decorating your wedding cake with unexpected florals is a great way to give it a unique touch. A variety of crimson florals bring sharp pops of color to this naked cake. Plus, with some simple branches poking out of the flower arrangement, this cake is a perfect dessert for a modern fall or winter wedding.
The 40 Best Cake Recipes for Literally Any Occasion
Sometimes you want to bake a special dessert for a celebratory occasion &mdash and other times you just want to surprise the kids on Saturday night. So we rounded up the best cake recipes for you, no matter the reason you&rsquore in need of a baking recipe. Is someone in your family getting another year older? We have the best birthday cake recipes (and the best birthday Instagram captions to go with &lsquoem) to fill with candles and enjoy with loved ones. But that&rsquos not all &mdash we have all types of cakes on our list, whether you prefer vanilla or chocolate or all the flavors in between.
So, which is the most delicious? That&rsquos up to you to decide! Sometimes the best easy cake recipes for beginners are super simple with just a few ingredients, while the best picks for more experienced bakers might involve getting creative or piling on the layers. And since pumpkin spice is great any time of year, we have plenty of warm, spicy and seasonal fall cakes to enjoy with your next afternoon cup of coffee. So preheat your oven, because the exact-right recipe is coming right up.
What makes this cake special?
I made a few different kinds of cakes, and then I did a tasting session with the kindergarten teacher. This is the recipe she chose. She and her mother agreed that this White Wedding Cake had the best flavor, and it was so tender too. Let’s just say they were surprised when I told them that this recipe starts with a cake mix. Yep, it’s a doctored-up cake mix recipe. I’ve been baking this cake for all kinds of celebrations for so many years now, and it’s a big hit at every single event. People love this White Wedding Cake!
Now I know I’ve probably lost a few people at this point who are saying, “OMG, how could you serve a cake mix cake at a wedding??” And, “Why on earth wouldn’t you make it from scratch?” Well… like I said, when I did the tasting with the K-teacher, I presented several cakes for tasting (scratch cakes and then this one), and this White Wedding Cake was the hands-down favorite. And now it has been a favorite with so many people ever since. No one who eats it can tell that it began with a cake mix. It doesn’t taste like a boxed cake mix cake because it has been doctored-up to improve upon the taste.
Sure, you can always top a cake with flowers or decorate it in your wedding's color palette, but how can you make it meaningful beyond the wedding day? Here's an idea: This couple, who eloped on a mountain in Malibu, chose to top a mini cake with cherries to honor their new last name, Cherry.
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter parchment, and dust with flour, tapping out excess set aside. Into a medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, and salt set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour beat until combined after each addition.
Divide batter between the prepared pans, and smooth with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until cakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 20 minutes. Invert cakes onto the rack peel off the parchment. Reinvert cakes and let them cool completely, top sides up.
This Couple Has Been Eating Their Original Wedding Cake for the Past 61 Years
They have a piece every single year to celebrate their anniversary.
A happily married couple in Florida just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary, marking the occasion the same way they have for the past six decades&mdashwith a bite of the cake that was served on their wedding day.
Ann and Ken Fredericks saved a tier of dark fruitcake from their August 1955 wedding, and they've been serving it up every single year since, keeping it wrapped up in a coffee can that sits in their pantry. While eating something that old might make your stomach queasy, the couple cherishes the tradition&mdashand Ann told ABC News that the cake still tastes just as good as it did when they were newlyweds:
It tastes fine. It's never been in the refrigerator or the freezer, I keep it wrapped in saran wrap. When we started the tradition it used to be wax paper because that's all we had back then. It doesn't spoil. Dark fruit cake is made with brandy and it's made with enough alcohol in it so it doesn't spoil. But let me tell you &mdash it looks black. It's that dark now after all these years.
To be fair, the cake is now a bit dry, so the couple has to pour a shot of brandy over it to moisten it up. But, even though the grandparents are still as happy as ever, they're afraid their beloved tradition may soon be coming to an end. "It's finally gotten down to a pretty small piece. We're beginning to think we may outlive the tradition," says Ann.
We highly recommend watching Ann and Ken's full interview with ABC News to see what the cake looks like now. Happy anniversary, you lovebirds!
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Award Winning Cake Recipes – Flavor
As I am finishing up my flavors section I noticed you want to incorporate cakes that are relevant to your area. So many Americans think we all eat the same food but each area is unique. You can choose one of these cakes but you may also want to look into cakes that are particular to your state.
1. Lemon Cake
My mind has been on a lemon cake for a while now. The idea of a light and airy cake, giving you both sweet and natural flavors sounds delicious. If that sounds up your alley, this recipe can be found over at Well Plated. I’d recommend this cake with a raspberry or blueberry filling, giving it even more of that natural flavoring to it.
2. Shirley Temple Cake
Still having the natural flavors on my mind, I think this recipe looks delicious.
I like the cherries and the fact that there is no actual icing, instead, they have a sugarcoating overtop the cake.
3. Triple Chocolate Poke Cake
Venturing away from the natural and on to the sweet, decadent flavor of chocolate. I think this cake sounds delicious and I like the idea of the moistness you know it’s going to have since it is a poke cake.
The award winning cake recipe can be found over at Beyond Frosting.
4. Healthy Vanilla Maple Greek Yogurt Cake
Going back to something quite a bit lighter, I think this would win simply because it is flavorful but still light.
So many people are looking to eat healthy in the new year which is right around the time that our fair happens.
You can find this delicious recipe over at Divas Runs for Bling.
5. Texas Sheet Cake
Texas sheet cake cookies were one of the winners this year at our fair. I understand why, as Texas sheet cake is very delicious and it has the name of Texas in it. One thing I have learned in my four years of living here is that Texans are very proud of where they live, more so than possibly any other state that I’ve ever lived in.
That’s not to say that the cake itself is not worthy of being a prize winner. After all, it has chocolate, nuts, and a richness that you just cannot get over.
You can find this recipe over at the Lively Table.
6. Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake
A lemon cheesecake might be a winner in the first place However, adding a strawberry crust to it will surely put it over-the-top and make it the blue ribbon prize winner.
If you are looking for a cake that is sure to wow the crowd head over to Back for Seconds for this recipe.
7. The Best New York Crumb Cake
The first time I ever had crumb cake I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Found in the gas station across the street from my house, I stopped there on a regular basis to pick this up before I learned how to make it.
With its piled high cinnamon topping, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll win and get rave reviews with this New York Crumb Cake.
8. Vintage Cake
What I love about this cake is that you think you’re getting a delicious vanilla cake and then towards the end, you realize there’s a hint of decadent chocolate waiting for you at the bottom.
So if your judges like a nice surprise just are sure to win. Head over to Kitchen meets girl to find the vintage cake recipe.
9. Hazelnut Latte Cake
This one comes from the heart as I absolutely love anything coffee and who doesn’t love a Nutella type flavor with the hazelnut?
Combining the two sure sounds like a winner to me. Head over to Maverick Baking to get the Hazelnut Latte Cake Recipe for yourself.
10. Tres Leche Cakes
I had a student who wanted to make this for the fair this year. Unfortunately, she did not get her paperwork done in time but I do feel like this would win as it is very moist and tender and still brings a reminder of our heritage to the Texans who are passionate about that.
Anywhere else in the US and he would probably win simply because it is unique and flavorful. After all, it does have three different types of milk in it!
You can find the recipe over at Urban Bakes.
11. Cookie Dough Brownie Cake
I would hope if a person was judging a cake contest in a fair they would like sweeter cakes. If that is the case, then this cake would definitely be a winner.
After all, how many people do you know that would say “Oh no thank you I don’t want any cookie dough”? Or would turn down a delicious, decadent brownie?
You can probably count them on one hand I am sure. If that is the case then you need to head over to lemon sugar and get the recipe for yourself.
12. Hummingbird Cake
Tip Hero has this cake recipe that tastes of the south. A bit butter pecan, this cake also comes with pineapple and bananas.
I’m starting to think this cake gives a taste of the tropics!
Being the kid who went indoor camping and dreamed of summer when the snow was on the ground, I would vote for this one!
13. German Chocolate Cake
This was the winner in the taste cake category a few weeks ago.
What makes this cake special, just like the Texas sheet cake and the Tres Leche cake, is the heritage.
Many people don’t realize that when Texas was becoming its own country there were more Germans occupying the state than Mexicans.
If you were to come here today, we still have solid German roots. For the recipe, head to Tastes Better from Scratch.
14. Cookies and Cream Cake
Back when I first got into cakes, I fell in love with this recipe. Cookies and cream in a cake sure tastes like a winner to me.
I made the recipe over and over again at first and since it’s been a while I might break down and make it again soon!
These award winning cake recipes can be found at Divas Can Cook.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Know how much can be spent on your cake. Our Wedding Cake Specialist will show you all that is available within your specific price range.
Wedding cakes are priced by the slice. The price will increase depending on the flavors and fillings you choose. The more elaborate and detailed the wedding cake is, the higher the cost.
There are creative ways to work with smaller budgets, and still showcase an impressive cake. If your party is large, you may choose to display a two-tiered cake, and then purchase a non-decorated sheet cake which can be sliced up in the kitchen.
What cake style are you looking for?
Consider whether you are looking for a style that is traditional, ornate, trendy, simple, unique, or one that matches a specific theme. Of course you can always bring in a picture of a design you have in mind, but remember that magazines have a team of photographers keeping the cake looking perfect at all times. Our Wedding Cake Specialists will suggest a beautiful and delicious cake but may not be able to duplicate what you may see in print.
How many guests will you be serving?
The number of servings will help determine the size and number of tiers of your cake.
What color would you prefer your cake to be?
Cakes aren't just white anymore. We've created beautiful cakes in a wide array of colors.
Another thing to consider is whether you want your cake to match or complement your wedding day colors. Many clients have brought a fabric swatch. Using a small variation of food safe colors, the decorator will prepare the closest possible match. Our Wedding Cake Specialist will gladly assist you in selecting something that reflects your personality and style.
What flavor, filling and icing do you prefer?
Our four most popular combinations are available every day for sampling.
- White cake with strawberry cream filling and buttercream icing.
- Cuban cake with pineapple and custard filling and meringue icing.
- Chocolate cake with chocolate whipped filling and buttercream icing.
- Red velvet cake with cream cheese buttercream filling and icing.
If you would like to sample additional combinations please inform the Wedding Cake Specialist at the time of scheduling your appointment. When selecting fillings and icing the climate should also be considered.
Will your wedding be indoors or outdoors? Some fillings and icings do better than others depending on weather conditions.
Do you want a cake topper?
While not necessary for many cake designs, a selection is available on the 2nd floor of the Glendale location.
What type of cake decorations are you interested in?
You may want to start considering the options available. Do you prefer ribbons, bows, stripes, dots, fresh flowers, sugar flowers, monogram, or basket-weave, scrollwork, or quilted piping techniques. Some opt for a decoration that matches the wedding invitation, or matches the wedding dress.
Do you need the cake to be delivered?
Complex cakes may not always be delivered in final form. Time and space for assembly, and even refrigeration may be required. Our delivery contractors are experienced in transporting and handling large and delicate cakes. To ensure a proper wedding experience and peace of mind, delivery service should be considered. Additional charges will apply for delivery.
Do you plan to eat the cake after the wedding?
Tradition has it that you save the top tier for your first anniversary. We suggest treating yourself to your top tier on your two-week, or one-month anniversary. If you must adhere to tradition, wrap the cake in plastic wrap then use an airtight freezer baggie for best result. Do not use aluminum foil as it may not be airtight and will not protect against freezer burn.
Another alternative on your one year anniversary is to order a small tier cake, decorated as the original wedding cake, at our special one-year-anniversary price.
75 Delicious Cake Recipes for Every Kind of Situation
There are times&mdashbirthdays, holidays, anniversaries&mdashwhen a nicely decorated cake is a must-have part of the celebration. And then there are the random Saturday afternoons when you just want to treat yourself, and/or your family to something nice, and it feels like making a cake would be a good way to while away the time. This roundup is for just that moment, when you want to make a cake for any reason, or for no reason at all. From whimsical homemade cake decorating ideas and cupcake decorating ideas to quick, simple flavor ideas, there's something here to spark your imagination and get you in the baking spirit. We've got homemade birthday cake ideas, Texas sheet cake recipes, amazing fall cakes, and every kind of cake that will keep you busy all year.
Still, you might be thinking: "I've already got my go-to recipe. Why should I switch it up?" Well, for starters, our extraordinarily beautiful cake recipes are an easy way to learn new skills and tricks in the kitchen, which you can incorporate into your existing recipe book for an upgraded version of the desserts your family already knows and loves. Never made a Boston cream pie before? How about an upside-down cake? Now's your chance!
But these cake recipes aren't just intended to get you to think outside the box&mdashthey're also just plain delicious. Test kitchen-approved and beloved by bakers around the country, these are light, fluffy, moist, and all-around crowd-pleasers. They're filled with the tastiest custards, and topped with fantastic homemade icing, too. Just be warned: After slicing into these cakes, your dinner guests will be asking for seconds!