Fresh Takes on the Cake
By Jesse Darland
Because the wedding cake often forms the centerpiece of your reception, you want it to reflect your taste, sophistication and sense of style. It also gives you the chance to show off your wedding theme and delight guests with a culinary surprise. Here are four fresh ideas to consider for the sweetest part of your sweetest day:
- See-through frosting
The Knot Wedding Trends Report of the top trends for 2017 names this as one cake trend to watch in this year. Instead of the totally bare tiers of last year’s “naked cake” trend, a translucent cake uses a thin layer of frosting (usually buttercream) that leaves a hint of the cake beneath showing. To complete the look, add flowers or fresh fruit that complements your theme or the flavors within.
- Deeply dimensional
Whether you go with edible lace, ruffles or sugar flowers (rosettes are popular), choosing a deeply dimensional style provides an understated way to add elegance and texture to your reception. One note: Because such 3-D arrangements create their own wonderful array of highlights and shadows, it’s best to stick with whites or neutral tones.
- Mini cakes and groupings
Instead of one cake, why not several? Turn your cake table into a dessert bar with a selection of multiple, smaller cakes. You can try different flavors (if you just can’t decide) or provide visual interest by making each cake look unique. These cakes tend to be simpler and smaller (think two-tiered) and give you an opportunity to emphasize your wedding colors or theme.
- Rustic leaves and foliage
Be inspired by “Greenery,” the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017, by going with a nature-themed cake. Ice the cake in a simple layer of white frosting and then add a bohemian touch by adding tiers of fresh or edible leaves and flowers. Herbs, broad green leaves, flowers and succulents are all popular choices. Further emphasize the theme by displaying your cake on a tree stump stand.
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