With so many wedding cake options available, where do you even start? It's totally normal to feel overwhelmed, which is why we've done the work and rounded up the most beautiful, stunning cakes in existence. You'll find something for every taste, from supertraditional to ultramodern and everything in between. It's so hard to pick a favorite, but hopefully you'll find the look for you among the sweet inspiration. Get clicking, and start swooning!
Whether you're going the DIY route and asking a friend or family member to bake up a cake, or working with a pastry shop, wedding cake design doesn't stop at aesthetics. From ultratraditional (triple chocolate) to tropical and trendy (coconut passion fruit), these flavor combinations will help inspire the most important aspect of your cake: what's inside. Consider our suggestions as just that, the baker or bakery you're working with will likely have ideas of their own, and many of these flavor combinations can be mixed and matched as well. You're sure to be truly inspired: just keep reading.
A cake topper is a great place to get a little bit playful when planning a wedding. We scoured the pages of Etsy and handpicked 27 of our favorite finds, from classically beautiful to some very unique options (fiddlehead fern cake topper, anyone?). Click through for some wedding cake inspiration!
Why shouldn't his cake be just as involved? These days, groom's cakes are just as important as the main wedding cake. The main departure from a traditional wedding cake is that the design is usually a little lighter, and many reflect personality and hobbies. That said, we've searched the web for some tasteful cakes that are worthy of any groom on his big day. From gadget to hiking themes, we bet you'll find something for your guy that's full of personality without being cheesy. Have a look!
Why spend $1,000 on a custom wedding cake when most guests don't even eat it?
Cake is a storied wedding tradition, but by the time it gets cut up and passed around, other dessert has been served and the cake usually goes untouched.
The New York Times recently reported that many more couples are skipping the cake, and its hefty price tag, as they make their wedding arrangements. Brides and grooms are opting for more creative desserts like sundae bars, candy stations, and cupcake towers that appeal more to their tastes and budgets.
For couples that still want the traditional tiered confection, there seems to be a new alternative: supermarket cakes. Chains across the country, like Farm Fresh grocery store or Publix, have begun offering cakes at a fraction of the custom-cake price. The total cost? Somewhere around $300. That's definitely a bargain.
But if cake is important to you and one of the centerpieces of your occasion, then you don't necessarily have to compromise. It's essential to make and stick to a wedding budget and understand that everything is a trade-off. If you spend more on your cake, then you may not be able to afford something like flower arrangements for every table. Ask yourself and your partner what is most important to you on your big day.
You can also get inspired to be thrifty in other areas of your wedding preparation by reading Abigail Dalton's story about how she threw a 100-person wedding for under $4,000. Also check out LearnVest CEO and founder Alexa von Tobel's three best wedding tips, and sign up for our free Getting Hitched Bootcamp.
We want to know: would you consider buying your wedding cake at a supermarket?
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When it comes to wedding cakes, you may know everything there is about tiers and toppers, frosting and fondant, and all the layers in between. But what about when it comes to other countries? Could you tell the difference between a kransekake and a croquembouche?
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I'm not too surprised that a majority of you prefer cupcakes over macarons at weddings. For those of you into Savory Sights, I thought I'd round up some pretty examples of wedding cupcakes. If you're tackling the big-day treats yourself, we particularly love these five options: lemon meringue cupcakes, Vietnamese coffee cupcakes, hummingbird cupcakes, brown sugar-pecan cupcakes with caramel frosting, and tiramisu cupcakes. Otherwise, start clicking to be inspired!
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You have the centerpieces taken care of, but the pinnacle of a geeky SMB-themed wedding reception has to be the cake. Here, five towering wedding cakes with a Super Mario Bros. twist. The best part? Though they're all slightly different, there are plenty of similarities among all five. Take a look!