These items have always been sort of like fashion. And just like fashion,one trend tumbles over another from one season to the other.
In recent times, the changing trends have become even more dizzying. There’s a whole plethora of designs and fads to keep up with.
Remember that whatever wedding cake fad you choose to go with, there’s an ornament to match. Click here to refresh your memory with this article on wedding cake toppers from our archives.
Generally, one would think that after agonizing about the wedding cake (designs, flavors, colors et al) choosing the wedding cake topper should be a breeze. But no! You still have to go through hours or maybe days of looking and comparing before making a choice.
Well, let’s make it easy for you. We’ll show you different cake styles and trends and the ornaments that work best for them.
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White Cake Designs with Simple Classic Look
For these kinds of cake consider the following with samples:-
By the way, before you tune off, hear this; your figurine doesn’t have to be corny or cheesy. There are different ways to jazz it up and still make it fit with the classic design of your cake. But who says cheesy can’t be cute?😍😍
There are bride and groom figurines that depict the hobbies or quirks of the couple. Some others even tell pictorial stories of how the couple met while others show their humorous side.
There’s so much you can do with a family heirloom. You could redesign it, add some other sets of jewelry to it or just set it in a place of honor; the top tier of your cake!
However, if you don’t have a family heirloom that you can use, you can always get vintage antique jewelry. This can make up for the “something old” tradition.
A good cake designer would know how to incorporate your antique jewelry and make it a beautiful wedding cake topper.
You can get your cake designer to mold a motif or monogram that features on your invitation card. You can also have it designed by an artist of a sculptor.
These types of ornaments usually come mostly in gold or silver. However, you can also get them in vibrant colors with metallic sheen. It adds a touch elegance to your cake and also makes it pop. You can certainly jazz up motifs and monograms with edible shimmers and glitters!
Some couples choose to have two doves in a cage which they release when they cut the cake.
Similarly, you can create your own love symbols using objects that have sentimental value to both of you.
These are designed in different forms and shapes. Some are silhouettes of a bride and groom in different poses. Some others incorporate silhouettes of animals. These are for animal lovers who want their pets to be part of their happy day.
Some couples even go as far as making silhouettes of a man, woman,child and pet.
The great thing about acrylic is that it is a versatile material. You can always adapt it to any shape, size or design. It is one of the most adaptable materials for cake toppers. This gives you the freedom to customize your wedding cake topper to fit the theme of the day.
Naked Wedding Cake Designs
Naked cakes started trending like two or three years ago. They are designed to have less sugar than the regular celebratory cakes hence they have only filling between layers. Consequently, these cakes are devoid of elaborate decorations.
This trend is gaining popularity because many “health conscious” people have decided to forego the sugar overload of frostings.
These cakes usually feature best in evening weddings, garden wedding or highly informal or casual weddings.
If you have decided to have a naked wedding cake, you might want to consider the following :-
These toppers are made from different types of timber and carved into different designs. This is a wedding cake topper that you can either buy already made or customize. You can also DIY if you are the artsy type.
There is no limit to what you can make with timber for a cake ornament. You can even go as far as scripting an ode or carving a picture of the bride and groom.
Naked cakes are usually decorated with flowers and fruits. The reason for this is so that the design would be deliberate and not appear like an incomplete cake project.
Remember that fresh flowers on cake have to be treated; your cake decorator or florist probably knows this.However, there’s no harm in your double checking to be sure and safe.
When using fresh fruits (especially berries), ensure that they are properly prepared before placing them on the cake. First of all, wash them then pat dry with a clean dish towel. This is so that they’ll be as dry as possible.
However, from experience we have learnt that fresh fruits should be placed on the cake at the last minute.This should be as close to consumption time as possible. The reason for this is because fresh fruit would bleed on the cake once it comes in contact with sugar. And this would in turn ruin the aesthetics of your cake.
Semi Naked Wedding Cake Designs
The semi naked cake is a compromise between a naked cake and the fully frosted one. The cake is usually made with fillings between layers and frosted lightly with parts of the cake showing through.
That’s where the difference ends; your cake topper for this is the same as for the naked cake.
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The great thing about this type of wedding cake topper is that it gives you creative license. You can create anything your mind conceives; either by commissioning an artist or DIY.
Bold and Colorful Wedding Cake Designs
This is a broad category of cakes because it covers so many of the wedding cake trends not mentioned in this post.
For cakes that are already making a statement, the wedding cake topper should be simple. This is not to say that the wedding cake topper would be any less elegant or pretty. But the essence is that it shouldn’t compete with the cake.
Combining an elaborate wedding cake toppers with over -the-top wedding cake design would make your cake table dizzying. In addition to this, it would leave your guests with the feeling of a tacky display of “class”
Here are some ideas that would help you choose an appropriate ornament/topper for a wedding cake with bold designs or colors:-
We mentioned earlier that acrylic toppers are appropriate for simple and classic all white cakes. However the acrylic toppers for those cakes would be more dramatic compared to ones we are suggesting here.
For instance a simple Mr. & Mrs. would do for cakes with bold and colorful designs.
There are also other designs that wouldn’t detract from the overall aesthetics of the cake or look tacky.
This could be a large rose, carnation or peony (or any flower the couple love). This work well for cakes with floral designs. A single large flower placed on the top tier helps to tie in the details.
This single flower can also be placed on the side between two tiers to serve as a contrast or compliment of the arrangement.
Sugar craft flowers works best for this kind of arrangement.
There are many beautiful porcelain figurines or ornaments that won’t clash with the bold design of your cake. Some can even be knick-knacks that would serve as mementos. The aim here is to place something that would top off the overall design and not compete with it.
Retro/Vintage Wedding Cake Designs
There is a saying that there is nothing new under the sun. This so true about weddings; fads tend to come and go.
Authentic vintage or retro wedding cake ornaments are not as easy to find as other categories of ornaments. So as a rule, you have to start your search early if you want to use a vintage/retro wedding cake topper.
However, in the event that you cannot get an authentic one, you can get an imitation.
There are things to consider before choosing a wedding cake ornament. First of all, you have to ascertain the food safety of the topper.
Second consideration is hygiene and prevention of contamination and food poisoning through any of the accessories. .
As a rule, even inedible cake toppers must be made with food grade /safe materials. Similarly, fresh flowers must be treated accordingly before placing on the cake. Last but also important, fresh fruits should be handled hygienically to avoid food poisoning.