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What's going to go Under your Cake Topper?
There are a lot of decisions to make when planning what type of cake you will have for your wedding. The cake topper is only one selection you will make. There are different styles, flavors, decorations as well as a cake topper or cake jewelry.
Below we have listed information as well as ideas for several different types and styles of wedding cakes, as well as different ways that you can decorate your cake. Go traditional, classical, contemporary, modern, whimsical, theme, French... basically any type of wedding cake can be yours.
Styles & Different Types of Wedding Cakes
Traditional with Columns / Pillars
This is the most traditional wedding cake design of all. A traditional cake with columns has open space between each layer. The open spaces can be created by using white or clear columns and can be left open or filled with fresh flowers or icing flowers.
A wedding cake with columns or pillars generally has tiers, meaning that each layer is slightly smaller than the layer below it. You can have as many layers and tiers as you wish, depending on how many people you will need to serve at your wedding reception. Layers can be round, heart shaped, square or hexagon shaped – or ,a mixture of a square bottom layer with round upper layers. To give the impression of floating layers, a floating tiered cake stand can be used. There is a central column down the center that can be hidden or disguised with decorations. A unique rhinestone cake topper would look fabulous on a Traditional wedding cake.
Traditional Stacked Wedding Cake (Classic)
A classic stacked cake is one where the layers or tiers are placed directly on top of one another without any space between each layer. The shape of the layers can be round, square, heart shaped or even hexagon shaped. The bottom (largest layer) can be a different shape than the smaller top layers. You can have as many or as few layers as you want depending on the size of cake you will need, however, most wedding cakes have at least 3 layers. A squared shaped cake will look a little more modern or contemporary with it's clean straight lines. Since a stacked cake is more compressed than a cake with columns (without the open space between layers). A stacked cake to serve 75 guests will not be as tall as a cake with columns (open between layers) to serve 75. Crystal Rhinestone Crystal Monogram Cake Toppers would top off a traditional stacked wedding cake.
Cascade Stand Wedding Cake
For a cascading wedding cake, the different sized layers are placed on stands that step down and to the side (almost like a staircase) instead of being placed directly on top of each other. Plus, there is generally open space between each cake layer. Often brides want to have a traditionally stacked wedding cake, but want to have a Cascading flow of flowers or designs down the side. One of our cake toppers that is also in a cascading design would look spectacular. This would be a Cascading Design but not a true Cascade Wedding Cake.
Cupcake Pyramid Wedding Cake
Cupcake wedding cakes are more popular all the time. This type of wedding cake is shaped like a traditional cake, but instead of layers of cake, there are layers of individual cupcakes. They are easily baked and prepared by the bride if the bride is on a budget and wants to bake their cake at home. Plus there is ease in serving, since each cupcake is pre proportioned for each guest. There are wedding cupcake stands made specifically for weddings. Don't forget the cake topper for your cupcake wedding cake. Any of our styles of unique cake toppers would look stunning.
Modern/Contemporary Wedding Cake
Almost anything goes when it comes to a modern or contemporary wedding cake. Wedding cake designs can be whimsical, fun, elegant and there can be almost any shape imaginable. Created by designer wedding cake bakeries and bakers., Modern / Contemporary wedding cakes are becoming very popular with brides today. Most bakeries love to work with a couples individual style and help them express it in their wedding cake creation. The cake can be designed to look like a basket full of flowers, an exquisite open box overflowing with flowers, just about anything you want, you can find a baker to create it. There are also many ways to top a modern wedding cake with all of the unique wedding cake toppers and wedding cake jewelry on the market today, One of our crystal spray cake toppers would look wonderful on a contemporary wedding cake.
Croquembouche Wedding Cake (French Style)
A long time traditional wedding cake in France, a Croquembouche wedding cake is constructed of cream filled pastry balls (called profiteroles) which are placed in a tall tower shape. Each of the pastries are covered in a crisp caramelized sugar. In order to secure the tower of cream puffs caramel is used to hold the pastries together, then the entire tower is decorated with caramelized sugar, chocolate icing, flowers, cake jewelry or just about any decoration you desire. Go with a rhinestone crown cake topper to complete this cake.
Kranekake Wedding Cake
A type of wedding cake that has been a tradition in Norway for a very long time. It consist of rings of cake stacked on top of each other then decorated. Crystal Rhinestone Monogram Cake Toppers would be stunning on top of this cake.
Castle / Fairy Wedding Cake
For the bride that has always dreamed of her wedding, a Castle (Cinderella) wedding cake will make her feel like a princess for sure. This is not a childish castle design, but an elegant cake with intricate detailing in the shape of a multi turreted tower castle. Castle wedding cakes are very often used in France and many European countries. Sometimes the cake is traditional and the cake topper is shaped like a castle. A Crystal Rhinestone rhinestone crown cake topper is the type of cake topper to put on a fairy wedding cake!
Hawaiian Wedding Cake
A luscious wedding cake with a cream cheese and sour cream frosting. The cake itself is made of crushed pineapple, walnuts and coconut. A Hawaiian wedding cake design can be in any configuration. Since a Hawaiian cake can be in any style, any of our cake toppers would look fabulous!
Victorian Wedding Cake
A Victorian wedding cake is a very formal, very elaborate decorated stacked cake. Ideal for a formal and traditional wedding. Intricate designs including icing ruffles, bows and draped “fabric” icing add the final touches. A rhinestone cake topper crown would be beautiful on a Victorian cake.
A theme wedding cake is a reflection of the couples interest, or it may be to incorporate a destination wedding – such as a beach wedding. Possibly the bride and groom are busy people and never seem to be off their cell phones. If so, the Cell Phone Bride and Groom cake topper would be a perfect finishing touch. One of our cake toppers with the bride and groom lounging on the beach would be perfect for a beach wedding.
Fountain Wedding Cake
A fountain wedding cake has a small fountain that is usually at the base under a raised cake that creates a small fountain of water under the cake.
A Grooms cake is intended to look almost the opposite of the wedding cake. Where the wedding cake is generally white or ivory with delicate decorations, the grooms cake is often decorated in a chocolate icing over pound cake, carrot cake, red velvet cake, or devils food cake. Traditionally the grooms cake was dessert at the Rehearsal dinner, the night before the wedding, often brides have another to serve at the wedding reception itself along with the wedding cake. Typically a Grooms cake does not have a cake topper, however cake jewelry would be a wonderful touch to his special cake.
Wedding Cake Icing & Decorating
Often the color and style of the decorations on a wedding cake are inspired by the brides wedding colors and style of wedding. There are many ways to decorate a wedding cake. Below are a few of the more popular decorations.
Wedding Cake Design & Ideas
A very fluffy and light icing to use all over a wedding cake. It is make with egg whites and sugar and beat until it forms perfect peaks. Often flower decorations for the cake are made from royal icing.
Fondant rolled sugar icing gives a very smooth, very elegant design as the icing on a cake, however a design or texture can be rolled into the icing to create a completely different look. It is usually flavored with almond, vanilla or any other flavoring to make it as tasty as it is beautiful. Fondant can be used as all over icing, or just as decorations on another type of icing.
Usually make of butter cream icing and can be done in an elaborate or simple lace overlay design.
Gum Paste / Sugar Paste / Rolled Sugar
Also called Pastillage, this is a rolled icing that creates a smooth surface, similar to fondant, however it is generally used in forming intricate flowers and decorations to add to the wedding cake. For really intricate designs a thin wire may be used (it is hidden from view) to create extra support and strength to the designs.
Wedding Cake Toppers are not the only decoration for your wedding cake. Decorations and finishes touches on your cake may include:
- Fresh Flowers
- Sugar Flowers
- Edible Pearls
- Sugar Diamonds
- Cake Jewelry
- Cake Toppers
- Embroidery Design
- Draped icing
Brides on a Budget
Want to make your own wedding cake. It really isn't hard to do, if you have the right instructions. Below we have found some wonderful advice, tips and instructions on how to make and decorate your own wedding cake.
The following links contain step-by-step instructions for making your own wedding cake!
How to decorate a Victoriana wedding cake!
How to pipe a basket weave wedding cake!
How to pipe a round wedding cake!
Daisy wedding cake
Decorating a chocolate wedding cake!
How to cover a cake in royal icing!
How to crystallize or sugar coat flowers!
How to assemble a cake stand!
The Meaning & Symbolism of Wedding Flowers
What you may want to know before you decide which flowers will decorate your wedding cake and your bridal bouquet. Don't forget to look at our bridal bouquet rhinestone accent picks. They add that extra bit of sparkle to your bridal bouquet, just like a cake topper adds the finishing touch to your wedding cake.
Allium – Patience
Alyssum - noble
Ambrosia – Perfect union
Amaryllis – sparkle
Anemone – Possibility
Apple Blossom – Youth and beauty
Aster – Love
Azalea – Passion
Babies Breath – innocence
Bachelor's Buttons – cherish
Begonia – Watchfulness
Bells of Ireland – good luck
Bird of Paradise – faithfulness
Bluebell – Demure
Rose – Love
Buttercup – Playfulness
Calla Lily – exalted beauty
Camellia – passionate love
Carnation Pink – fearlessness
Carnation Red – passionate love
Carnation White – Innocence
Carnation Yellow – Denial of love
Cherry Blossom – feminine beauty
Chrysanthemum Red – I love you
Chrysanthemum White Truthfulness
Cosmos – ornamental
Daffodil – Fidelity
Daisy – innocent
Delphinium - fairylike
Forget me not's – true love
Freesia – innocence
Gardenia – ecstasy in love
Gladiolus – love at first sight
Lavender – devotion
Hibiscus – graceful
Honeysuckle – friendship
Hydrangea - empathetic
Impatiens – motherly love
Iris – wisdom and hope
Jasmine – attachment
Lilac – youthful love
Lily - Sweetness
Lily Tiger – pride
Lilly of the valley – gentleness
Lotus – forgetfulness of past
Magnolia – perseverance
Marigold - grief
Mistletoe – affection
Morning Glory – Love till we meet again
Narcissus – egotism
Orange blossom – eternal love
Orchid – strength and beauty
Passion flower – faithfulness
Pansy – reflection
Periwinkle – memories
Peony – blessed
Petunia – animosity
Poppy (red) – bliss
Primrose – first rose
Ranunculus – radiant
Rose – peach – enthusiasm
Rose pink – Perfect harmony
Rose red – passion and love
Rose white – innocence
Rose yellow – friendship
Snapdragon – deception / graciousness
Statice – remembrance
Stephanotis – happiness in marriage
sunflower – admiration
Sweet peas – bliss
Sweet william – gallantry
Tulip – love forever
Violet – loyalty
Watery lily – purity
zinnia – kindness
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What size Wedding Cake Do You Really Need?
by Decorating Studio, LLC
Whether you’re ordering your wedding cake from a bakery, or planning on baking your cake yourself, one of the first questions you will have is what size your cake needs to be.
The following cake tier sizes will help you determine how many people each tier will serve, so you can determine how many tiers and what size those tiers need to be for a perfect wedding cake. Keep in mind that most wedding cake tiers are 4” in height and that is the height we used for the following calculations.
The following servings per tier are based on an average wedding cake portion size which is approximately a 1“x 2” slice of a 4” high cake.
Round Wedding Cake Tier Servings (4” height)
6” round cake tier: Serves 14
(6” is normally the top tier and is saved by the bride & groom for their 1st anniversary, so you may not want to include it in the serving’s calculations for your guests)
8” round cake tier: Serves 25
10” round cake tier: Serves 39
12” round cake tier: Serves 56
14” round cake tier: Serves 77
16” round cake tier: Serves 100
18” round cake tier: Serves 127
20” round cake tier: Serves 157
Square Wedding Cake Tier Servings (4” height)
6” square cake tier: Serves 18
8” square cake tier: Serves 32
10” square cake tier: Serves 50
12” square cake tier: Serves 72
14” square cake tier: Serves 98
16” square cake tier: Serves 128
18” square cake tier: Serves 162
20” square cake tier: Serves 200
Extra Cake (Just In Case)
Wedding Cake Cutting Guide
If you are concerned that you may have more people showing up than you expected, due to people not responding to the RSVP, or bringing guests, you may want to have a sheet cake prepared and ready to pull out. No one will know if they are receiving cake from the actual wedding cake or from the extra sheet cake.
Commercial or Bakery Sheet Cakes at 2” high will serve:
1/4th sheet (8” x 12” x 2”) up to 24 servings
1/2 sheet (16” x 12” x 2”) up to 48 servings
Full sheet (16” x 24” x 2”) up to 96 servings
If you are planning to bake your own sheet cake, the typical home baking rectangular pan sizes are:
11” x 7” x 2” = serves up to 19 Guests
13” x 9” x 2” = serves up to 29 Guests
History of The Wedding Cake
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A wedding cake is the traditional cake served to the guests at a wedding reception (in England, at a wedding breakfast) after a wedding. In modern western culture, it is usually a large cake, multi-layered or tiered, and heavily decorated with icing, occasionally over a layer of marzipan or fondant, topped with a small statue representing the couple. Other common motifs include doves, gold rings and horseshoes, the latter symbolizing good luck. Achieving a dense, strong cake that can support the decorations while remaining edible can be considered the epitome of the baker's art and skill. The average cost of a wedding cake in the U.S. in 2005 was $543.
Tradition generally requires that the first cut of the cake be performed by bride and groom together, often with a ceremonial knife or even a sword. An older, archaic tradition had the bride serve all portions to the groom's family as a symbolic transfer of her household labor from her family to the groom's family.
Tradition may also dictate that the bride and groom feed the first bites of this cake to each other. Again, this may symbolize the new family unit formed and the replacement of the old parent-child union.
Other guests may then partake of the cake, portions may be taken home or shipped to people who missed the festivities. (An old tradition held that if a bridesmaid slept with a piece of wedding cake beneath her pillow she might dream of her future husband.)
A portion may be stored, and eaten by the couple at their first wedding anniversary, or at the christening of their first child. Sometimes this portion is the top tier, and sometimes a portion of the piece from which the bride and groom fed each other, depending on the local customs. The portion of the cake may be frozen for this purpose; the top tier of the cake may sometimes consist of fruitcake, which could be stored for a great length of time.
The origins of the tradition of the wedding cake date back to medieval times, when each guest at a wedding was supposed to bring a small cake, the cakes would be stacked on the table in levels and layers (If the bride and groom were able to kiss over the top of the stack it was considered good luck). These cake stacks would eventually merge into one cake and evolve into the modern wedding cake. Sweets are traditional at many celebrations for most if not all cultures worldwide. Ancient Roman records detail sweets distributed at weddings. The book Folklore Myths and Legends of Britain details the ancient Roman practice of dropping a wedding cake on the head of the bride. Medieval and Renaissance resources also mention large cakes at weddings. Such cakes may have been fruitcake.
A large cake can take a long time to make, and without modern refrigeration, a heavy fat and sugar frosting may have prevented spoilage by limiting moisture exposure. Another possibility is the use of sugar and fat required satisfying the need for conspicuous consumption for the families involved in the wedding.
The tiered design of the wedding cake originates from the tiered spire of a well known medieval church in London, England, called St Bride's Church.
Henry VIII of England enacted a law specifying the quantity of sugar a cake may have, possibly to control or tax this prevailing convention.
During World War II, sugar was rationed in Great Britain, so icing could not be made, and cakes were reduced in size. To overcome this cakes were often served inside a box, which had been decorated with plaster of Paris, to resemble a larger, traditional cake.
Recently some western weddings have started to use cupcakes or other individually sized dessert items in place of a larger tiered cake. These individual cakes are often arranged in tiers to represent the shape of the traditional tiered cake.
Wedding cake toppers are small models that sit on top of the cake, normally a representation of a bride and groom in formal wedding attire. This custom was dominant in US wedding in the 1950s where it represented togetherness. Modern weddings have embraced more variety in design and significance. Wedding toppers today are often figures that indicate shared hobbies or other passions.
Not all wedding cakes are traditional - this is a novelty wedding cake depicting the newly married couple.
Not all wedding cakes are traditional - this is a novelty wedding cake depicting the newly married couple.
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