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A different look at the traditional wedding cake

Charlie / 19 July 2009

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I am not a huge fan of the traditional wedding cake.  I find them too manicured and perfect looking, and I’m a bit of a rustic girl at heart.  I never thought that I would ever find a wedding cake that I thought was beautiful, and then I saw this one above.

This was the first wedding cake I saw that changed my mind.  A simple white cake, which looks like it has been casually frosted but in a way that looks purposeful.  And then there’s those nasturtiums – who would have known that a combination of white, greens and orangey-reds could look so beautiful.

This was the second cake to change my thinking on wedding cakes.  Whoever first came up with the idea of using a hefty slice of tree trunk as a cake stand was, in my opinion, a genius.  Again, a simply frosted white cake, brought alive by that earthy chunk of tree.  I’m sure you can easily source offcuts of wood like this from local wood yards, or the people who manage your nearby woodland.

woodland wedding cake

What it is that draws me to loving cakes like these are: 1) that gorgeous earthy mix of white, brown, lavender and mossy green, and 2) the simplicity with which they’ve been assembled.  Who needs to spend hundreds of pounds on a lavish ten-tiered wedding cake (unless that’s what you’re after – check out here for some great cake makers)?  If you are looking for something a little more homely and low-key, this is one answer.

I just love the combination of tiny frosted cakes with one modest cake atop the pile.  A great way to have the fun of a cupcake wedding cake, whilst having a cake you can cut.

Those wonderful tree trunk cake stands are back, but here the slice is thinner and has been attached to a smaller piece of trunk to more resemble a cake stand.  A great DIY project that is easy enough to put together with a piece nails and some glue.  I also love how the tiers have been deconstructed, and rather than being stacked on top of each other, they’ve been arranged at differing heights.

Now I know it’s not winter or early spring, but this cake is adorable with its dainty twigs and tiny birds.  Apologies for another tree trunk cake stand, but it really works with this woodland themed cake.  Want to recreate it?  Well get on your wellies and go hunting in the park or woods for some pretty twigs, then get on the internet and check out Etsy for sellers like Cotton Bird Designs for some pretty little birds to adorn your cake.


Image: Martha Stewart

And finally, another pretty cupcake/cake combo.  I just love how unfussy it is, with its lacy doilies and homemade look.  Perfect for all those brides out there who want to do a little more themselves or tap into the skills of their family members.

Images from top: Oh How Charming!; Jose Villa; via Once Wed; unknown; Carrie Patterson; via Once Wed

Comments

cake room on 23. December, 2009

mmm yummi very delicious i hope i have one for that..

Ray " cakes " on 2. February, 2010

Thank you, I went to the website and it’s great.

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