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Modern Wedding Cakes

Article by Vitaly Indinko

This really takes the cake: a wedding cake designed to be as modern and streamlined as the wedding itself. The bride and groom with a modern flair now needn’t worry about finding the perfect dessert to complete their perfect day.

Modern wedding cakes come in many varieties and styles. From square cakes to cheesecakes to cakes made of cheese, the modern wedding now often has original cakes, much different from the traditional white frosted behemoth of yesteryear. Let’s take a look at the modern desserts brides and grooms have begun to fancy.

Different ShapesTraditionally, cakes were round and tiered. That’s about it. Of course, there were supplemental sheet cakes to feed the many hundreds of guests in a large wedding, but the design of the actual tiered cake was rather simple: round and frosted.

Today, cakes can be shaped into many different shapes. Square, triangle, and even multi-shaped dioramas are common. Weddings, however, call for a little modern flair and simplicity, and the modern wedding cake is often favored as a square tier.

Decorations of Different MaterialsThat square wedding cake we were talking about above doesn’t sound all that different from the traditional dessert of the past until we discuss how these modern cakes are often decorated. Many bakers now choose to feature fondant as the covering instead of frosting.

Fondant is a flat sheet of sweet covering that can be placed on top of the cake. This allows the baker to create a design with modern appeal: streamlined and clean lined. When the fondant is stretched and smoothed out, it covers any imperfections in the cake and makes the surface look polished,

The streamlined look of fondant is the perfect canvas for the baker to add modern details like edible spray paint and flowers. The look counters that of traditional frosting; the traditional imperfections are often covered with busy flowers and busy designs, countering the clean lines of the new fondant cakes.

Non-Traditional TypesModern cakes can also stretch the imagination in other ways. Many couples choose to opt for cheesecakes, cupcakes, and even cakes made of cheese. With many food allergies threatening the enjoyment of the traditional wedding dessert, some couples are choosing to offer additional desserts or a non-traditional dessert altogether.

Modern couples may have the most modern wedding planned, but without a cake to match, they may feel behind the times. Thankfully, there are many modern cake options to lend their reception the same modern flair.

About the Author

Vitaly Indinko loves to write about wedding cakes, including topics such as cakes for the modern couple and wedding cakes made of (cream) cheese.

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19 Responses to “Modern Wedding Cakes”

  1. Hello Karen, your cake toppers are too preciuos. Espired by it I made a couple for a friend of mine getting married but I have two problems. How do you avoid getting “fingerprints” marks on the clay when you make your couples? Also, I tried making the flowers but is hard since they are so small. You must have very small fingers or use a tool, which is it? By the way, thanks for your previous help about my black clay melting, you suggested to use harder clay as Fimo, I did and it worked! Thanks:)

  2. I’m speechless

  3. love them all so hard to pick a pair haha manyy thanks for posting this video and the others :)

  4. Fabulous! I can’t belive that they have been done with fimo! :D

  5. Awesome creations…love the details

  6. @jellybeankrazy I roll out a long thin strand of clay, then form it into a corkscrew shape with one hand, and hold it in between my two fingers on the other

  7. how do you make the hair

  8. how do you make the hair

  9. the skin colour is one of the colours provided by Fimo
    for darker skin, I add a little bit of brown

  10. @ArchieLovesMe – Fimo

  11. so beautiful! what type of polymer clay do you use?

  12. thank you!

  13. fantasticiiii

  14. Some Russain women need to meet you

  15. Omg these are so lovely! You do awesome work <3

  16. they’re simply fantastic!!!

  17. This is sooo CUTE!

  18. Wow, good job Karen!

  19. woow!!

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