Wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes, but what if you’re tired of the usual marble icings and fondant roses? Are you looking for something that will really stand out during your big day? Here are just a few ideas for a unique wedding cake.
1. Leaning Tower of Love
This mind-bending dessert is sure to impress your guests. Unlike traditionally layered cakes with their perfect proportions and straight-edged stacks, a “topsy turvy” cake plays with the laws of gravity by allowing each layer to lean sideways. The result is a cake that looks like it should fall over at any minute, but in reality, it’s just as stable as the plate underneath it.
According to experts, the secret of this design revolves around the cake’s center of gravity. As long as its center of gravity is directly above its base of support, the cake can hold up all kinds of tiers, layers, and stacks. Jenga works on the same principle.
There are many ways to have fun with topsy turvy cakes, so don’t be afraid to experiment with various structural designs. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
– A cake with the bride chasing the groom across different stacks
– A recreation of famous leaning structures like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Olympic Stadium in Montreal
– A cake that stacks letters, boxes, blocks or other “objects” on top of each other
– A general optical illusion cake that makes your guests look twice
2. Split Down the Middle
If you and your future spouse can’t agree on wedding cake ideas, this might be a fun solution for both of you. Instead of fighting over your favorite fillings and icings, why not compromise and go with a half-and-half design?
Like the name suggests, a half-and-half design is where the cake is split into multiple parts with different flavors, colors, fillings or decorations for each individual component. They usually, but not always, have a common theme that ties them back together, and they don’t have to be split down the middle. For example, you can have a tiered cake where each tier is decorated differently.
If you’re looking for something completely different for your big day, consider a half-and-half cake with one of these design ideas:
– A cake divided by meaningful or complementary colors
– A cake with a harmonious design like yin-and-yang fish or day-and-night skylines
– A cake with different flavors for each half, like chocolate and vanilla
– A multi-layer cake where each tier represents something different, like a tier for each of your children
3. Goodbye Circle Cakes
Think about all of the wedding cakes that you’ve seen in your life. How many have been crafted in circles, ovals, and spheres? Aren’t those shapes a little boring? Why not do something different with your own dessert?
Once you throw out the idea that cakes have to be circular, a whole new world of opportunity will open itself up to you. For example, you can shape your wedding cake like a gigantic heart. You can turn it into a star or a galaxy cluster. If you want to get creative with decorations, you can even turn your wedding cake into a collection of fondant braids or paper wafer flowers.
The sky is the limit with unusual wedding cake designs. If you can dream it, there’s probably a tutorial somewhere for how to make it. The trick is letting go of conventional wisdom and allowing yourself to think outside of the box to create something like:
– A cake shaped like a boat, plane or train for the jet-setting couple
– A pre-sliced cake made of stacked triangles where everyone can just grab a slice and go
– A cake sculpted to look like an ancient palace or cathedral, complete with windows, towers, and spires
– A plain square cake that’s just different enough to attract a second look
These are just a few wedding cake ideas that are sure to delight your guests. At the end of the day, however, it’s important to remember that this is your event. If your choice comes down to impressing your guests or having a tasty cake made just for you, you know what to do.
Kathleen Brenning is a freelance writer whose passion is fueled by the hands-on creation of delicate dishes. She held several jobs in the food industry before deciding to start sharing her amazing recipes with the world. Kathleen is a Contributing Editor at cakesprices.com – one of the up and coming blogs in the pastry industry.