From naked to whimsical – the evolution of the wedding cake
Once upon a time the biggest decision a couple needed to make about their Wedding Cake was whether the bride’s mum would bake it, or the wedding caterers supply it. It would invariably be a rich fruit cake, entombed in marzipan, decorated with hard royal icing, the three tiers held up by pillars that wouldn’t look out of place on a Greek ruin. That was it. The cake. Done. Sorted. Onto the next thing.
All that has fortunately changed and the twenty first century couple take a huge delight and pride in designing a cake to reflect their characters, taste and to enhance the theme of the whole wedding day. Reflecting the colour scheme and ambience of the venue. Not forgetting the taste, the cake must taste very, very good.
We are so fortunate here at Layer Marney Tower to see all types of Wedding Cakes. Interestingly, as I researched what was popular in 2016 for wedding cakes, we are right on trend and our brides and grooms are choosing the very latest in Wedding Cake fashion.
Woodland whimsical cakes are very popular, often multi tiered, think six or more tiers, set off on a chunk of wood, decorated with moss and/or fresh flowers. Foliage round a simple cake is also very popular, fresh flowers, or those made of sugar, clustered into a mini bouquet – amazing. We have notice too the back to basics cake – clean, crisp and focused. There are bejewelled cakes, with strings of pearls, very popular for our recent summer weddings. White on white is sophisticated with all white embellishments. Ruffled cakes, decorated with fresh flowers that seem to echo the bride’s dress, whilst metallic cakes, shine opulently. Geometric shapes give a modern fresh style, frequently using the couples’ initials, whilst lace decorations are a bit more feminine.
The various types of toppers on the cakes are amazing. A model of the bride and groom is the most popular, often with children alongside. The groom might be dressed in his football kit or the couple could be knitted. We have recently also had dolphins, shells, Moomins (more than once) and the very popular – models of much loved dogs.
Naked cakes, those with no icing but adorned with fresh fruit, appear to be giving way to Dirty Icing, that is just a thin layer of icing over a sponge cake to trap the crumbs, generally decorated with fresh flowers. There are also cakes made in two halves, split vertically. Two we had last month had tradtional elegant icing on one half, one of the cakes had icing to reflect the groom’s interest in Super Heroes, so think Batman and Superman in all their vivid colours, a mirror revealed to the guests the other side. The other cake, half pink and half chocolate, gently turned throughout the day on a revolving cake stand.
We have cakes made of rounds of cheeses piled high, mini individual treats of donuts or cupcakes in tiers. This year we have had Wedding Cakes in the shape of cars, obvioulsy much loved.
To sum up the modern trend in Wedding Cakes in two words – Anything goes
Take a look at our new Wedding Cake Pinterest Board to view more of the fabulous cakes we have recently enjoyed at Layer Marney Tower.