As one of the most recognizable symbols of the wedding day, the wedding cake is a source of tradition and celebration. It’s a vessel of joy and a way to commemorate the special union of two lives. If your big day is coming up, you’ll want to ensure your wedding cake is as luxurious and extraordinary as the moment itself.
This guide will help you create the perfect wedding cake that looks amazing and tastes great too. We’ll provide tips on choosing the right type of cake, what kind of decorations and embellishments can be used for a luxurious look, and ways to make your guests happy with the flavor. Let’s get started!
Choosing The Perfect Luxury Wedding Cake
Many couples feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available for wedding cakes. They choose one at random to quickly check yet another to-do off their list without considering small details that can have a big impact. That’s why we recommend entrusting this decision to your wedding planner.
“Generally speaking, every wedding has a theme. It could be a color, an era, or a location — whatever suits your fancy. Once you’ve decided on the theme, picking out cake elements to enhance the overall design becomes easier.”
The Best Wedding Cake Flavors
Wedding cakes are infamous for tasting dry and bland, especially lower-quality cakes. But luxury wedding cakes should be anything but dull! The last thing you want is for your guests to leave the party with a bad impression of your cake.
And while it’s true that bakers must sometimes sacrifice taste for engineering (wedding cakes are notorious for being hard to design and transport), a delicious cake is well within reach. Some of the most popular wedding cake flavors include:
- Classic Vanilla
- Chocolate Fudge
- Red Velvet
- Lemon-Raspberry Swirl
- Salted Caramel
- Spiced Carrot
Of course, these are just a few of the most popular flavors. You can also choose decadent options like cheesecake or an ice cream cake! The possibilities are endless. We recommend asking your baker to suggest a few flavor combinations that would suit your wedding theme. Just be mindful of any dietary restrictions your guests might have.
“You should also consider the season when selecting the perfect cake. For example, a lighter sponge cake with berry compote is ideal for a summer wedding, while a rich chocolate cake will work better in winter.”
Add Flavor With Fillings
Flavor combinations don’t stop there. You can also add a variety of fillings to give your guests an extra layer of deliciousness. Common choices include chocolate ganache, cream cheese frosting, raspberry mousse, and pastry cream. Not only will this add extra flavor, but it could also add a pop of color to your cake.
Regarding fillings, the same advice applies: consult with your baker and pick something that suits the theme of your wedding. For example, if you’re having a beach-themed wedding, you could choose coconut filling. A pumpkin spice filling would match perfectly if it’s an autumnal affair.
Luxury wedding cakes differ from regular ones in that they offer a multisensory experience. All senses should come together to create an unforgettable culinary experience. Of course, the visuals are the first thing that catches your guests’ attention. Then, they taste the different flavors and eventually smell the amazing aromas that waft from your cake.
But one sense that often gets overlooked is the texture of your cake. As you take a bite, it should be both moist and fluffy. It should also have enough sweetness to tantalize the taste buds without cloting.
Luxury Wedding Cake Decorations
A wedding cake is beautiful, but add decorations, and you’ve got a work of art. Luxury wedding cakes have a variety of decorations, including the following:
Flowers will probably be abundant on your wedding day, so why not add them to the cake too? The type of flowers you choose will depend on your overall theme. They can be dried or fresh flowers or even a combination of the two. Flowers add many colors and visual interest to the cake and can turn an all-white cake into a masterpiece.
“You may also consider sugar flowers, which are handmade from sugar paste. They look incredibly lifelike and can easily be modified to complement the overall look of your cake. Not to mention, they are 100% edible! It will add texture to your cake and provide a unique flavor.”
Nothing says opulence quite like gold. It’s a classic material that will never go out of style, so you can’t go wrong with adding some to your cake design. You can use edible gold leaf to gild the edges of tiers and add extra sparkle. Gold piping and white icing are also great ways to give your cake some depth.
Within the golden spectrum, there are several shades to choose from. Rose gold is particularly popular for wedding cakes, as it has a subtle blush hue that complements most color schemes. There’s also classic yellow gold, which is perfect for a more traditional wedding.
You can use pearls for various decorations, such as adding them to tiers, around the base of your cake, or even as a border along the top edges. You could also incorporate pearl beads in your sugar flower arrangements and create cascading strings of pearly goodness! Pearls, such as on the bride’s dress or jewelry, might also be present elsewhere in your wedding.
Adding them to the cake can further unify your special day’s elements and create a cohesive look.
Fondant decorations are the perfect way to add a bit of whimsy to your cake. The only limit is your imagination and your baker’s artistic skill level. You can have any design you can think of, from swirly patterns to 3D figurines. Use cut-outs that spell out words or phrases related to your special day for a more subtle approach. Fondant is available in all colors, so you can find one to match your wedding palette.
“Finally, don’t forget to include a cake topper! You could go the traditional route with bride and groom figurines or get more creative.”
All sorts of unique cake toppers are available, from funny to sentimental ones. Monograms are growing in popularity and make for a great modern topper. Alternatively, opt for a quote, photos, or any other personalized artwork that you can think of. It’s all up to you!
Presentation Tips For A Luxury Wedding Cake
Once you complete the design of your cake, it’s time to show it off. The reception hall is the best place to do so, as it provides the perfect backdrop for your masterpiece. You can add a few special touches to make your cake even more special, such as the following:
- Place it on an elevated platform or cake stand. It will ensure that all eyes are on the cake and draw more attention to its details.
- Add some lighting for extra drama. Have spotlights trained onto the cake and dim down the rest of the room.
- Place the cake in a corner or near an accent wall to add visual interest and make it stand out.
- Use linens, ribbons, and other decorations to enhance the overall look.
At last, the big moment has arrived! When it’s time to cut the cake, make sure that you take special care doing it. Have your photographer capture the moment from different angles as you and your partner share a slice of your masterpiece together.
The cake-cutting knife is another consideration. You can go with a classic silver or gold knife or opt for something more unique, such as an ornate saber inlaid with jewels and pearls.
“Couples usually feed each other a slice of cake before serving the rest to their guests.”
What are the most luxurious wedding cakes?
There is no shortage of luxurious wedding cakes, from Princess Diana’s $40,000 cake to Keyshia Ka’oir & Gucci Mane’s $75,000 10-foot cake. One of the most extravagant examples in recent history was Masami Miyamoto’s glittering $850,000 diamond-encrusted cake. While you don’t have to go to such extremes, these are great inspirations for creating your own dream cake.
How tiers should a wedding cake have?
A traditional wedding cake typically has three tiers. Each tier may consist of multiple layers and is separated by a layer of icing, fondant, or other decorative elements for support. A three-tier cake generally makes 80-100 servings. However, couples are free to customize their cake according to their preferences. We’ve seen one-tier cakes to cakes with eight tiers or more.
What are themed cakes?
If traditional isn’t your style, consider a themed cake. Themed cakes are custom-made cakes that capture the essence of the couple’s interests, hobbies, or wedding themes. For instance, some guitarists might have a cake shaped like a guitar, or a couple who loves to travel could have a globe-shaped cake.