When it comes to planning your wedding cake, it's farewell to the traditional three-tier marzipan covered fruitcake and welcome to a creative and personal ‘statement' of a couple's sweet (or savoury!) taste.
Perhaps going for a simple or on-trend cake seems like the easiest option when you've got a long list of wedding decisions to make. But choosing something a little different that fits how you express yourselves as a couple – and leaves your guests delighted – will never go out of style. Here are some deliciously sweet ideas to inspire you.
1) Good things come in small packages!
What better way to make your guests feel extra special than presenting them with their very own miniature wedding cake? Present as a wedding favour in each place setting, or display in tiers as a mountain of stunning mini-cakes to create just as dramatic an impact as a traditional tiered cake. No need to stick to just one flavour. Treat your guests to a variety – it's even an easy way to cater for allergies or other dietary so no one misses out on the sweet ending to your special day.
2) Amazing alternatives if you're sick of sugar
Throw traditional wedding cake rules out the window and make your cake all about what you and your spouse-to-be love to eat. If you don't have a sweet tooth, why celebrate your special day with a multi-layered sugar bomb? Savoury ‘cakes' have been growing in popularity for several years and are a great way to share exactly who you are as a couple with your guests. The only pre-requisite for your cake is that it looks gorgeous and tastes amazing, so bring on the full cheese wheels, pies, tarts, canapés, sushi towers or even tiers of pizza! Just because it doesn't involve icing, it doesn't mean you can't have a decadent (and memorable) modern cake to cut and share.
3) When one cake just doesn't cut it
What happens if you, the happy couple, just can't seem to agree on the perfect wedding cake? Why not have one each! Bring a little bit of fun to the day and keep your two uniquely designed cakes a secret from each other so you'll both get a surprise on your wedding day. Or make it extra personal and design a cake for each other as an expression of your relationship and future together.
Don't fancy the hassle or cost of ordering two whole cakes? You could also plan a hybrid cake that brings together both your tastes and personalities. Design a chocolate cake tier followed by a carrot cake tier, or a pie layer atop your favourite cheese wheel. Start your married life already practicing the art of compromise (and both get what you want!).
4) A feast to remember for the sweetest of couples
When you just can't make up your mind from the hundreds of beautiful desserts and sweets available, why not have it all? Dropping the ‘formal' from wedding has been a trend for several years now, and grazing tables, roaming platters or bowls have become hugely popular. Why not make up your dessert, cake or sweet course from all your favourites, creating a beautiful, shared experience too? Mix it up with large and small cakes, fresh fruit and flowers, mini desserts and tiny treats of all different colours, flavours and designs to create an Instagram-worthy showstopping dessert table.