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Winter Wedding Cake Ideas

A great way to make your wedding extra special is with a gorgeous wedding cake. The cake is much more than a dessert, it is one of the key decorative elements at the reception. These are some fantastic ideas for winter wedding cakes.

Snowflakes are one of the loveliest motifs for winter weddings. They can be used in everything from your crystal wedding jewelry to the invitations to favors. Snowflakes also look great on a wedding cake. This motif works beautifully in an icy color like white, pale blue, or silver. A simple fondant cake with ice blue frosting can be decorated with piped snowflakes in white or silver, scattered around the tiers like falling snow. Mix up the sizes and designs of the snowflakes for the best effect. A variation on this concept is to use large snowflakes spaced evenly around the cake as a graphic element. This is a terrific modern take on the classic “Winter Wonderland” wedding theme.

Speaking of the Winter Wonderland idea, you can use it as a terrific point of inspiration for a wedding cake. An all white cake is always a classic; for a formal winter wedding, it can be personalized with a heavy dusting of a shimmer powder to give it glitz and glamor. A wide silver satin ribbon can be wrapped around the base of each tier, then top it all off with a crystal monogram cake topper. The effect is elegant and modern, yet festive and not at all plain. This style of cake is gorgeous with crystal wedding jewelry, especially when done with the crystal cake topper.

If you are looking for something truly unique, ask your baker to design a winter scene on your wedding cake. Think about how incredible it would be to have a handpainted scene of horse drawn sleighs in snowy meadows or ice skaters circling each tier of your cake. You can personalize this one of a kind cake even more by representing scenes of your favorite winter activities, whether they are skating, snowshoeing, or even ice fishing. Your wedding cake will be such a work of art that it will be hard to cut into it!

A very charming idea for a winter cake would be to have one decorated with winter motifs which look as they they have been cut from red felt (minus the fuzzy texture, of course). Slightly thick pieces of red fondant can be cut into all sorts of vintagey shapes, such as pairs of mittens, old fashioned ice skates, and sleds, then placed on a white cake. The effect will be absolutely precious, perfect for a cozy and charming winter wedding.

Natural elements are always nice for wedding cakes. For a winter cake, request seasonal designs created in frosting, such as pine boughs and pinecones or graceful branches of red berries. You might just find that you like the motif so much that you use it on your wedding invitations.

There are just as many wonderful ideas for winter wedding cakes as there are for the more common summer cakes. It is simply a matter of using your creativity and featuring a theme that highlights something unique to winter. The resulting winter wedding cake will be so special that it will be almost too good to eat.

White Wedding Cakes

When it comes to wedding cakes these days, pretty much anything goes, in terms of color, style, and decorations. There is something to be said, however, for the restrained elegance of a classic white wedding cake. From contemporary to ornate, these are some design ideas for the perfect white cake to suit any wedding.

White does not have to mean boring or plain. In fact, there are many ways to make a white wedding cake special and unique. The place to begin is by deciding on the general style of cake you wish to feature, modern, traditional, or eclectic. From there, the next consideration is the shape of the confection, and the arrangement of the tiers. Square layers tend to look more modern and sleek, whereas round is more traditional. That is not to say, however, that you cannot come up with a creative modern design using round tiers or an updated classic wedding cake in a square shape.

For a sleek contemporary white cake, stack square tiers, either three or five layers high (always work in odd numbers). Cover with a perfectly smooth fondant icing. With this base in place, you can begin to play with different decorating options. A five tier cake could be decorated with white on white vertical stripes to enhance its height and linear form. Think of a 1930s streamline deco moderne skyscraper for inspiration. Top it with a crystal monogram initial for a touch of cool glamor.

Square cakes can be used as a base for a tower of gift wedding cake design. This is a fun way to add a touch of whimsy into a cake that is very suitable for a traditional wedding reception. White on white frosting ribbons, bows, and decorations can be created using gumpaste, fondant, and texture over a buttercream icing. Let the top of the cake be decorated with a large frosting bow. If you like, ask your baker to use a pearlized addition to the frosting to add shimmer and contrast between the “boxes” and the “ribbons”. It is a subtle but gorgeous effect which looks fantastic when the bride is wearing pearl bridal jewelry.

Flowers are always lovely on wedding cakes, and they are a fantastic addition to an all white cake. For the height of elegance, a white fondant cake can be adorned with handmade gum paste orchids. The exotic blossoms can cascade down one side of the tiers. Another beautiful idea is to cover the top layer of a round white wedding cake with an abundance of fresh white flowers. Roses and hydrangea work very well, as their round shape will easily cover the entire top tier when used in a group. Fresh flowers are not only very pretty, but less costly than gum paste blossoms.

Finally, there is the very traditional white wedding cake decorated with a profusion of white frosting swags, scrolls, bows, and pearls. This is a magnificent option for a very formal and grand wedding reception. The “pearl” accents on the cake will complement the bride’s pearl bridal jewelry, and architectural details like swags and scrolls are marvelous in an ornately decorated ballroom. If you are looking for an impressive and traditional all white wedding cake for an elegant wedding, this design will be sure to please.

Birthday Cake

In classical Roman culture flat cakes made with flour, yeast, nuts and sweetened with honey were served at special birthdays for high society and royalty. During the 17th Century, these cakes became more elaborate, consisting of layers of cream and icing, becoming closer to the birthday cake as it is today.
Variations on the birthday cake differ according to culture; in China a sweetened bun is served to every guest as part of the celebration and in Korea seaweed soup is the traditional birthday dish. Swedish birthday cakes are made of marzipan and decorated with a picture of the national flag. In Britain and America, we are spoilt for choice with our range of birthday cake ideas and birthday cake designs. Deciding on one depends on the type of party and the individual.

Chocolate birthday cake recipes are popular for their rich flavour and be decorated according to taste. When choosing your birthday cake recipe it is best to tailor it to the personality of the individual; birthday cake recipes for adults may be more of a culinary treat whereas children love spectacular themed cakes. Children’s birthday cake ideas are a great opportunity to get creative as the cakes can be tailored to whatever your child has in mind.

Ideas for the perfect home-made birthday cake can come in the form of animal cakes, sports cakes, themed birthday cakes and cakes for a formal occasion. Princess cakes and fairy-castle cakes are a popular choice with young girls whilst football-themed cakes are greatly appreciated by boys. For a formal and elaborate birthday cake, the design could be based on that of the wedding cake, comprised of several tiers with thick decorative icing.

Novelty Cakes at Special Occasions

Cakes are a must for special celebrations. They often get the limelight of the event because it simply grabs everyone’s attention. Enthusiasts have come up with novelty cakes – cakes that are unique, striking and specially created for a sole event. These cakes are perfect for occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, wedding celebrations and baby showers.

The design of novelty cakes depends on the special occasions. Fondant and butter cream icings are widely used in creating 3-D sculptures or figurines. From pumpkin carriages to caricatures, you name it, you have it. Most of the bakers bake and decorate these cakes by visualizing the description of their client to compliment the special events. People often go for specially designed novelty cakes on their weddings, decorated with fresh flowers and hand drawn details. They often look too pretty to be eaten.

Shapes and sizes of the cake vary, depending on the requirements by the buyer. They can be as big as an 8-tier wedding cake, or a single tier “LV inspired” fondant cake. During special occasions like Valentine’s Day and Christmas, the cakes are made with tree shaped and love shaped moulds. But be aware of the hefty price tag as these stunning master pieces do not come cheap.

The cakes are usually baked within the range of flavors provided by the baker. The flavors range from traditional butter, chocolate moist, vanilla, cappuccino to the funky flavors like zesty lime, carrot, rum, velvet etc. One can also choose from the available fillings such as chocolate ganache or apricot jams to surprise your guests from the inside.

Moulds made by e-flute cardboards can be used for cakes that are not using much icing and fondant decorations. These moulds have a layer of plastic coated paper lining in it to prevent water leakage or grease absorption.

There are no boundaries for novelty cakes as it all depends on the design and the creativity of the people. A football field birthday cake or a wedding cake made up by 5 tiers of mini fondant cakes are now no longer a dream. Novelty cakes are real centre-pieces that is worth the investment.

Determining Your Wedding Cake Construction Style

Most brides have thought about their wedding cake a lot over the years. In their mind they have an image of what it will look like. Usually this is influenced primarily by wedding cakes that have impressed them at some point in their lives. Maybe it was a cake they saw the first time they were allowed to accompany their family to a rich aunt’s wedding, maybe it was a design they spotted in a magazine. Nearly every bride has a different story. However, few have thought about their wedding cake construction options.

Does it really make sense for any bride to allow anything in their wedding to be dictated by any factors outside their own situation? For instance, unless a bride is getting married in the exact same space in the exact same wedding venue at the same time of year under at least very similar weather conditions and with the same guests as the wedding that inspired her choice in wedding cake styles then it would be wise for that bride to consider her own specific situation in choosing how to alter that dream wedding cake to fit into their unique wedding situation.

Notice I did not say they need to find a new style?

A bride and her groom have their own sense of style. There is no need to change their style. The trick is to adapt their wedding cake construction to their specific situation. If they do so they will have a unique piece of art that will fit their specific needs.

But what are the options regarding wedding cake construction? In short, a wedding cake can be constructed in the following manners: Stacked, Pillars, Separator Plates, and Stands.

Stacked: This is the traditional wedding cake where one cake is placed directly on top of the next biggest cake. It has the advantage of being one of the most stable forms of wedding cake construction, making it a good choice for weddings that include children, man’s best friend, and people with a tendency to celebrate a little bit too much too soon. The stacked construction’s primary drawback is that this style does not do anything to enhance the appearance of smaller wedding cakes.

Pillars: Pillars are used between the tiers of a wedding cake to give the cake more height and, therefore, more drama. This is particularly useful if the tier cake is designed to serve less than one hundred to one hundred fifty people. However, depending on the height of the pillars used, this type of wedding cake construction is also the least stable.

Separator Plates: This is a style that is just coming back into fashion. By using separator plates a tiered cake can be assembled with the stability of the stacked option and the height of some pillared options. This is because a structure, which can be made from any food grade substance but which is usually plastic or glass, is placed between the tiers of the cake. In the past it featured a fountain or an elegant sculptured design. More recent uses of this form of construction is designed to mimic pillars and disguised with icing or fresh flowers.

Stands: This is the simplest presentation for a wedding cake, making it a great choice for a DIY wedding. With this construction each cake sits on a separate plate that simply slides into place on the (usually) metal cake stand. The downside is that the sizes of your cakes are pretty well dictated by the size of the stand – of course a crafty person could create their own stand to fit their wedding’s needs specifically.

Every wedding has a million details that work together to determine how smoothly the celebration comes together. Wedding cake construction styles are a potentially important element in this decision process. For some, the potential exists to mix construction styles, like setting a stacked cake on a pedestal and utilizing a separator plate between the second and third tiers of a stacked wedding cake.