A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without a show stopping cake; the first piece cut as a newlywed couple, shared with joy, love and laughter. The cake is displayed for all to admire throughout the night until the treasured cake cutting ceremony where its details, design and individuality are greatly notice and appreciated. The evolution of the traditional wedding cake has progressed from a simple sheet cake to now offering multiple layers, tiers and decadent accents. One of the newest trends in the wedding industry is not only making flowers out of edible pieces such as frosting and sugar, but also featuring real flowers on the cake. This trend is hitting the scene in a great way, and is one that we can’t believe took so long to get here! The idea of incorporating your bridal flowers onto your cake ties the theme together beautifully and is a great way to ensure a one-of-a-kind picturesque confection.
While picking a design or theme for your floral wedding cake there are a few things to keep in mind: the shape of the cake, color and foundation and lastly, the selection of flowers. The most popular and trendy cake shape is a tri-level cake, graduating in size from top to bottom. Yet in today’s industry, cakes are ranging anywhere from three layers to twelve layers of delicious designs. There is an assortment of shapes and silhouettes, varying from the classic round to a modern geometric masterpiece. This design leaves plenty of room on the top tier of the cake to house the flowers of your choice along with other spaces on the lower levels. You can design a cake that is perfectly symmetrical, or a more modern look is to create a proportional design, yet, one that is offset or staggered in its layers.
The next step before deciding on flowers is the medium your cake is made out of and what coloring matches your flower scheme. Options include traditional buttercream frosting, marzipan, fondant and the new and trendy naked cake. Buttercream and fondant cakes are often found in creams and ivories, but can be incorporated into your theme by dressing the cake up with metallic, rubies and more. These are traditional cakes that are featured in ballroom and classic wedding receptions. The naked cake design features slight frosting with natural cake appearances. This is used in many rustic or country settings, and is a beautiful non-traditional accent.
While these cakes are beautiful on their own in silhouette, frosting and taste, it’s time to dress them up and add a special touch to your reception. Adding big statement flowers to the top tier is a great way to make a bold statement, and keep a clean and classic look. Many also add florals strictly to the bottom of the cake, almost dressing up the pedestal and bottom layer to keep the rest of the cake simple and elegant. Another way to incorporate flowers is by placing them on every layer of cake. This is a more wild and organic approach. Covering each layer in flowers can work really well in a bohemian or garden theme wedding. A modern or contemporary cake is popular in a structured flower design from top to bottom, for example a cascading waterfall of flowers. Many options in design technique include fashioning clusters, creating patterns or displaying single blooms.
A great aspect of cake design is that it can be specific to your theme, your florals and your style. There are many types of blooms that fit beautifully on the cake of your choice, and a few of our favorites work really well to complement different styles. For a tailored or structured impression, having rhyme and reason in bloom choice can help achieve this feel. Yet, a mismatched group and contrasting varieties together can make for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Picking your statement flower or showstopper can be the first step. Garden roses, peonies, and hydrangea are great starter pieces. They are the flowers to place first and work around, next adding in smaller species that complement. Ranunculus, daisies, spray roses and anemones are a great filler if you will. They are whimsical, colorful and can tie the entire cake design together. Lastly, many may think that adding in greenery can take away from the beauty, yet it’s exactly the opposite. Greenery and simple branches add lusciousness, color, and texture and build the cake from quiet and simple to loud and full. Some great greenery options are Italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus and rosemary. The aforementioned work really well for classic, whimsical and vintage themes, while some other unique cake designs can include orchids, succulents and lilies; this is a more one-of-a-kind look that is specific to a theme or style.
As you can see, integrating flowers into wedding cake décor brings a sense of enchantment, design and beauty that only Mother Nature can offer. The delightful beauty will be almost too good to eat.