Wedding Cake Ideas for the Contemporary Bride and Groom

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Published: 19th September 2012
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Wedding days are awash with tradition. Rings, flowers, something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. But the wedding cake is one tradition that’s been given a modern twist in recent times.

A lot of couples still choose to have the traditional three-tiered cake covered with marzipan, white fondant icing and miniature models of the bride and groom sitting on top. But nowadays there are an entirely new breed of wedding cakes making their way into popularity.

So what are the options for the contemporary couple? Here is a guide to the stunning plethora of cakes available for your big day.

The Cupcake Tower
The name says it all. The cupcake has come very much into vogue in recent times and it’s not surprising the trend has moved into the realm of the wedding cake. These towers look fantastic, and as the tower is already divided up into individual portions there’s no need to cut and distribute the cakes between guests.

There can be a large variety of cakes made in ways to suit everyone’s taste, in terms of flavour and filling. From red velvet to chocolate fondant cupcakes, the bride and groom can choose whatever they want and can even have a large selection of different flavours if they so desire.

Cupcakes are also a great way to accommodate for guests with intolerances and/or allergies, as nut-free, gluten-free and dairy-free cakes can be specially made and marked for those who have particular dietary needs.

The Character Cake
For those with interests in a specific field, or for those that want to represent a special aspect of their relationship, perhaps the character cake is for you. If there is a particular artist, musician or celebrity that has meaning to you or is a shared passion that they’d like to be part of your big day, you can incorporate this into your wedding cake.

For instance, David Bowie fanatics may be tempted to have a David Bowie cake specially made for them, or a bride and groom who both work in architecture may wish to have a specific building recreated, such as the leaning tower. Be aware that this type of cake can be very expensive depending on the design, and therefore is a luxury. And whatever you do, make sure it’s in good taste....

Tiered Layers of the Finest Cheeses
Some brides and grooms now often opt not to have a wedding ‘cake’ at all, not a sweet one anyway. Those couples that don’t have a sweet tooth often choose to have a wedding cake that consists of many layers of the finest cheeses. With layers of cheddar, stilton and lancashire cheese topped with layers of softer cheeses such as brie and camembert.

This type of ‘wedding cake’ can look very striking when surrounded by fruits and flowers and is the perfect alternative for those brides and grooms that do not like sweet cakes.

Weird and Wacky
Some people want something completely off the wall for their big day, a cake that people will talk about for the rest of their lives. Some particular designs have included :

A full-size model of the bride
A tiered cake which split into separate platforms featuring the bride and groom engaged in a gunfight with each other
A cake that has a fish tank incorporated into it
A four pixelated Mario Bros featured cake
A model of a wedding dress, complete with the living bride inside


The above options are obviously extreme examples. But if you’ve got the cash to spend, why not invest in something that will be memorable. If there’s something both the bride and groom agree on, then you may as well get a cake that will make people remember your big day. So do your research, shop around and it’s certain that you’ll find the perfect cake for your big day.

Submitted by Gemma Halliwell, Events & General Manager at Maunsel House and Woodlands Castle two beautiful venue for wedding receptions in Somerset. Maunsel House is a magnificent 13th Century Manor, set in 100 acres of stunning parkland, this venue is ideal for wedding receptions. Woodlands Castle is its equally stunning sister venue.


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