Sure, there are many elements to a couple's big day, but if there's anything I'm excited about this wedding season, it's the cake! Since cupcakes are still going strong, I'm seeing a lot of small cakes surrounded by either those, or homemade treats like pies and cookies. And adorning these cakes are a variety of cake toppers, many of them DIY or handmade with a twist on the traditional. See some surprising toppers when you read more.
Last year, 57 percent of you called a wedding cake disposable — do you feel the same today?
My husband and I just celebrated our first anniversary and a couple days before, my mom gave me a ziploc with pieces of our wedding desserts that she had saved. We had quite a few different things: a traditional Norwegian Ring Wedding cake, a truffle pyramid, and a Mexican wedding cookie pyramid; she saved little bits of each. I can only imagine how a traditional wedding cake would taste one year later — thankfully ours survived 365 days in the freezer, so they weren't half bad!
How about you? Did you save a piece of your wedding cake to enjoy on your anniversary? Is this a tradition you want to follow when getting married?
After testing several recipes with the bride, Park selected two flavors of cupcakes — chocolate raspberry and lemon pound cake — and topped both with a Swiss meringue frosting. The recipes were from The Australian Women's Weekly Cupcakes and Fairy Cakes cookbook, and the final look of the cupcake tower was inspired by this cake.
For those interested in making wedding cupcakes, Park recommends practicing in advance, thinking out storage, and arranging for helpers to transport the finished cakes. Have you ever made a wedding cake? Or wedding cupcakes? Share your experience below!
To look at a gallery of the cupcake process and check out the completed tower, read more
The President's daughter, Jenna Bush, was recently married in a lavish but down-to-earth wedding at her family's ranch in Texas. Few details have been released about the ceremony, reception, and menu but rumor has it the cake was created by the Ultimate Cheesecake Bakery. The tres leches/dulce de leche cake had whipped cream frosting and fresh floral arrangements. By the time this photo was taken, the top tier of the confection had started to fall. While it's sad the top was tilting, it's probably something the happy couple will laugh about for years to come. I'm a huge fan of dulce de leche and can only imagine how delicious the cake must have tasted. Thoughts?
I'm rather fond of this incredibly unique tiered cake with citrus accompaniments, but if it doesn't suit you scroll through her impressive list below. There's plenty to be inspired by.
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First of all, let me start by saying I'm really sorry if you used any of these cake toppers at your wedding. Maybe I just don't get your humor. Secondly, let me add to that by saying these are some truly tacky cake toppers. From mermice — yes mermaid + mice = mermice! — to fighting couples, I think I can guarantee that you won't find these cake toppers on any 2008 trends list.
Once you've decided which cake trend suits your wedding style, it's time to think about the flavor of the cake. Although many couples have differing tastes, you can compromise on a flavor that suits both of you. Each layer can be different, or you can offer a variety of smaller cakes.
Since Sean likes vanilla and Elena loves chocolate, they've decided to serve a marble cake at their reception. A marble cake is made with both chocolate and vanilla batters. The final cake is topped with with a swiss meringue buttercream.
The wedding cake is the unspoken centerpiece of the wedding reception. Whether it's a chocolate sensation or a demure statement, everyone's bound to remark on what the cake looks like. This year there are more metallics, colors, and, of course, small cakes. To see all the wedding cake trends for 2008, click the "Start" button.