It is the perfect centrepiece of your wedding reception, a towering masterpiece of edible proportions. Choosing your cake is one of the best parts about getting married. Chocolate or Lemon? Fruitcake or Sponge? Perhaps it’s best to try them all before you make a decision.
Angelina Jolie can take the credit for this unlikely trend. When she married Brad Pitt last year, they commissioned their son Pax to make their wedding cake. He produced a charming tiered sponge confection with a simple buttercream filling and no icing.
Couple this influence alongside the nation’s obsession Angelina Jolie can take the credit for this unlikely trend. When she married The Great British Bake Off, and it is clear that the look has caught on. ‘Naked’ sponge cakes are trending this year. Make sure your sponge is baked to perfection before decorating with a mere dusting of icing sugar and some fresh berries.
Hand painted icing
Modern technology means that we can decorate wedding cakes with laser printed images and designs for an exotic and artistic look – but there is nothing more special than a hand painted, bespoke decoration. Ask a local artist to come up with a design, or even visit your local tattoo parlour for a few interesting stencils. The actual painting can be completed by your cake decorator or a trusted artist, just make sure they are using edible dye!
The metallic trend is set to be huge for 2015. Think silver panelling on wedding dresses, copper centrepieces and, yes, metallic cakes. Edible gold is cheaper than you’d think, and has a pleasantly crinkled effect when pressed onto buttercream icing. Alternatively, you can cheat the look by investing in a stunning metallic cake plate or using metallic ribbon to decorate your sponge.
Rustic weddings have been popular for a while now, but the latest trend is for DIY chic, simple cakes with edible bunting draped around the sides, or mini flags positioned at the top. Once you have the basics (a delicious sponge and expertly applied icing), you can be as creative as you like.
Why have cake when you can have a towering mound of cream-filled puff pastries, held in place with caramel and decorated with spun sugar and fresh flowers? Croquembouche has been a popular in France for many years as an alternative to wedding cake, and the trend has been slowly making its way across the channel. It’s a definite showstopper.