Wedding cakes are an integral part of the reception planning process, from the cake tastings (our favorite part!) all the way to the final decorative accents. Cakes are both an important part of the event, with cake cuttings and speeches, and a component of reception decor.
Our clients have selected an array of unique cakes over the years, and we love each and every one of them. Scroll to read more about each design and what makes them so special.
1. Rustic Glam “Naked Cake”
This cake was made in the popular rustic glam style that dominated the 2019 and 2020 wedding scene, and is sure to make a comeback for the 2021 season. This cake was made in the “naked cake” style, with buttercream frosting that shows layers of cake through, accented with gold foiling throughout all the tiers of the cake. The style was further elevated from a simple rustic look with the addition of florals and greenery to give it glam.
The height of this cake added to the grandeur of the overall look. One tier of the cake was fake to add height for overall impact, without compromising the structure of it. Underneath the bottom layer is gold embossed cake stand. It’s a full platform-style stand, which adds to the illusion of a much taller cake.
2. Starry Night Themed Cake
This cake was part of a reception themed Starry Night. The couple wanted a cake that reflected the overall theme, and [NAME] bakery accomplished this with its blue and yellow color scheme, glitter, and accents. While this cake is on the smaller side, it is impactful with its bright colors and commitment to the theme. This couple opted for a wooden, pedestal-style stand, which elevates the cake without drawing attention away from it.
This cake also features a custom cake topper to match the theme of the night; the moon is engraved with the couple’s names and their wedding date. The script font reads “Love you to the moon & back”, and is connected to cutouts of the couple.
3. Napa Winery Wedding Cake
This playful, vibrant cake was created by a friend of the bride for the couple’s Napa winery wedding. The base is crisp and clean 3 tier fondant cake, which creates a neutral canvas for the exciting accents. The gold foiling on this cake is applied in a method that mimics brushstrokes, layered on to create a more vibrant effect.
This cake’s design was completed with accent florals in burgundy and blush. These florals both match the decor, and are a nod to the wines produced in the Napa region.
4. Glamorous Cake and Cupcake Display
This exciting setup is an example of how a glamorous look can be achieved with some DIY work. The cake itself is from Safeway, and the client purchased a cake topper that says “love” from Amazon. All the accents on the table are purchased from Amazon and Walmart: the trays, tiered dessert stands, and more. This couple’s lavish spread demonstrates that fancy cake tables can be created from retail stores,
This setup is unique – clients typically don’t put a full dessert table on the stage riser, but this cake table was integral to the design of the event, so it made sense to feature the whole thing. The multi-tiers cupcake stand includes cupcakes flown in from Georgetown Cupcakes in DC, which is a meaningful spot to the couple. The simple cake is elevated by greenery and baby’s breath. The crystal droplet hanging accents on the cake stand matched the crystal and gold in the rest of the reception room. Low cylinder vases with floating candles surrounding the table creating the final touch.
5. Classic White with Accents
This simple white tiered cake was a crowd pleaser due to the accents surrounding it. The acrylic box stand with the florals underneath made the entire cake table stand out, with greenery and white florals underneath. The floral accents matched the centerpieces and floral designs throughout the room, and the candles around it matched the candle wall backdrop that our clients used for their stages.
This is one of our clients’ favorite cakes across our portfolios, and it can easily be recreated with similar greenery and white florals, or with brighter floral accents to add a pop of color.
6. Ivory Rose Petal-Inspired Art Cake
This design-forward cake was created by Jasmine Rae cakes – a top cake designer from San Francisco. When our clients opt for an art-style cake, they buy them to be a part of your decor, rather than the main dessert. Rae consistently creates cakes that incorporate concepts or abstract art, and she bases her designs on the decor or the rest of the room.
Oftentimes, when clients choose to have cake that doubles as an art piece, they usually end up taking it home after the event to enjoy later, and serve a sheet cake from the same baker to their guests.
7. Celestial Theme-Inspired Art Cake
This stunning abstract piece was also created by Jasmine Rae cakes for a celestial themed reception. The cake, with its unique foiled and edible-painted design, represents outer space and the celestial being. The rest of the reception hall was also themed this way: centerpieces were telescopes and figurines of the different planets, and each table was named after a different astronomer. All the table linens throughout the hall were deep blue to reflect the night sky.
8. Mixed-Theme Winter Wonderland Cake
This unique cake was created for a winter wonderland themed wedding. The top two and bottom two tiers follow this theme with white and crystal accents. In between each tier, the baker incorporated negative space tiers. This gives the cake added height and creates a unique visual effect.
The middle tier is the groom’s cake – he specifically wanted it to be batman themed, and the baker achieved this with fondant accents of buildings and the batman logo all around the cake. The baker tied this in with the rest of the cake by using rectangular, textured fondant on the bottom and top layers of the cake, and incorporating sugar crystals and pearls into the overall look.
9. Delicate Details: Lace-Patterned Cake
This cake from The Cakemaker in San Francisco is simple and elegant with its gold accents and unique lace doily pattern. The base of the cake is a white fondant layer, with a delicate pattern in the same color as the rest of the cake adding texture. Each layer had a ribbon separating it from the other layers for visual effect. The design was tied together with cascading sugar pearls all the way around the cake.
10. Reception Hall Color-Coordinated Cake
This couple opted for a cake that coordinated beautifully with the decor throughout the rest of the room. The base layer of the cake featured blush roses made out of buttercream frosting, which coordinated with the centerpieces at each table. The simple fondant upper layer featured a custom cake topper that reads “happily ever after”, and the blue ribbon at its base matched the blue accents and lighting all over the reception hall.