Your wedding cake is definitely no longer limited to white. Bright and whimsical designs are popping up all over, with stacked layers in different colors and patterns ranging from plaids to polka dots. Whether it's Wedgewood blue or tickled pink, color can make the most classic design look bold, fresh and exciting.
Or liven up a white cake with color, such as stacks of bright red or purple flowers between tiers of cakes; bright flower petals strewn atop the cake; or ribbons and bows (actual or made of edible gum paste) in your favorite colors.
You may wish to incorporate your wedding colors into the wedding cake - most designers can include any color you wish.
While classic and beautiful, the shape of your cake does not have to stack tiers of round cakes, decreasing in size as you go upward. The right cake designer can make a cake of any shape and size to reflect your individual style or personal interests. If you're having a medieval or fairy-tale theme for instance, you might adore the cake idea of a cake shaped like a castle; at Christmas time you might want a cake shaped like a wrapped gift, Christmas tree, or Christmas ornament. Whatever your interest, your cake can reflect it - a tennis racquet, a musical instrument, a sailboat; anything goes!
Why stick to plain old vanilla? Most cake designers and bakers have a wider variety to choose from; such as carrot cake, cheesecake, spice cake, coffee cake, pound cake, chocolate mouse - even ice cream cakes.
If you're having a traditionally tiered cake, you can also create variety by including a different flavor for each tier. You could honor your mom and dad, or your grandparents by including their favorite flavors; some bakers will even us a family favorite cake recipe if you request it.
Instead of one large cake, create your own wedding dessert tradition by serving tiny individual-sized cakes to each guest..
Or include a small cake among an extensive table of pastries, chocolates, cookies, tarts, eclairs, and other fancy desserts for guests to choose from.
You may also commission a cake for each table, which can double as a centerpiece--after dinner, you and the groom can cut the first slice of each cake at each table, giving you the chance to visit all your guests as you go.
Dress it up
In addition to the cake, don't forget to get creative with all the accouterments, such as a cake stand or pedestal, cake plate, and cake knife.
Use family heirlooms, shop for something in an unusual color or style, or if you have the time and inclination, create your own pottery, ceramic, or metal items.
And don't forget your cake table - decorate it with flowers, flower petals, balloons, candles, or a collection of framed family photos.
You may also choose to include other creative elements with your cake, such as an unusual cake topper - there are many variations that reflect couples' interests, such as animal figurines and sports or hobby-related toppers. You can even have an artist custom make a cake topper to resemble you and your groom. Open your mind and use your imagination to make your wedding unique.