You will want your wedding cake style to reflect your overall wedding style and color scheme. If your wedding is casual, your cake can be anywhere from casual to formal. However, if your wedding is formal, you will want your cake design to be formal as well. A stately cake design nicely complements a formal affair with its tall, heavy shape, and elegant tiers. Many cake designers incorporate the use of fountains and floral arrangements between layers, creating a beautifully sophisticated effect. Separating the wedding cake’s layers also helps make the cake seem lighter and airier.

Smaller, less formal cakes can be prepared with subtle appointments such as candied pearl swags, sugared bells, and gum paste flowers tinted to coordinate with your color scheme. Smaller cakes do not need to be tiered if they graduate to a delicate ornament. A simply decorated wedding cake of unusual flavor can be a strong but quiet presence.

1-style05Tiers & Columns The most traditional of all wedding cake styles, tiered and columned wedding cakes are said to have originated in England and been inspired by the spires of London’s St. Bride’s Church. Tiered wedding cakes can be as large or as small as you want, with as many layers as you want. One alternative to a centered tier cake is to have the tiers angle to one side of the cake, rather than straight up the middle.

2-style06Stacks More condensed than tiered wedding cakes, stacked cakes date back to the wedding customs of medieval England. Wedding guests would bring small cakes to the wedding party and stack them atop one another. It was said that if the new couple could successfully kiss one another over the top of this stack, they would have a happy and long-lasting marriage. Stacked wedding cakes can be round, square or hexagonal in shape.

3-style07Square A variation of the traditional wedding cake, the square cake can be stacked, tiered or placed on columns just like its counterpart. With clean, contemporary lines, square wedding cakes look amazing when made of fondant and wrapped with velvet ribbons.

4-style04Contemporary The latest designer bakeries have taken wedding cake decoration to a whole new level, and the broad category of contemporary cake design covers anything you can think of. From ‘mad hatter’, or lopsided cakes to sculptural recreations of almost anything you can imagine, this broad category is incredibly popular with modern brides.

5-style02Cupcake A fairly recent trend in wedding cake design, the cupcake wedding cake usually has a lower price point than a traditional wedding cake. Cupcake wedding cakes are gaining popularity because they are not only unique but pre-portioned and easy to serve to wedding guests.

6-style08Groom’s Cake Typically smaller, denser, and richer than a traditional wedding cake, the groom’s cake often looks much different from its counterpart and will be made of red velvet cake, pound cake, carrot cake, or intense chocolate. The groom’s cake is meant to be served at the rehearsal dinner, but many couples have both the wedding cake and groom’s cake at the reception.

7-style01Croquembouche The traditional wedding cake of France, a croquembouche is composed of a high tower of cream-filled pastry balls known as profiteroles. Each profiterole is bound with caramel and often decorated with chocolate, flowers, ribbons or sugared almonds.

8-style03Kransekake The traditional wedding cake of Norway, a kransekake is composed of concentric rings of cake stacked atop one another to form a tall pyramid. Kransekake is made of marzipan, sugar, and almonds and will be hard on the outside but soft on the inside. Because the center of a kransekake is hollow, sometimes a bottle of wine is placed in the center.

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