We asked five confectioners to design cakes of trending mediums, and each one brought something unique to the table. When it comes to picking one for their own wedding, Oakmont Bakery President Marc A. Serrao says couples should choose or create a cake that reflects their personalities. “Wedding cake styles vary as much as the bride and groom,” he says. “This year, we’ve noticed a huge interest in the ‘naked’ cake, as well as watercolor details, metallic layers, minimalistic decorations, and extremely textured designs.” The following creations illustrate just that!
By Andrea Bosco Stehle / Photographs by Michael Fornataro / Styling by Samantha Casale
1. A Nod to Mod
A modern, winter wedding calls for a sparkling, geometric cake like this one from Oakmont Bakery. Amuse all palates with a mix of flavors, such as red velvet filled with cream cheese, chocolate filled with chocolate buttercream, and white almond filled with fresh raspberry.
2. Watercolor Whimsy
Prantl’s Bakery created this fanciful cake for us, complete with hand-painted details and sugar florals made of gum paste. As a bonus, you can have the bakery’s signature Burnt Almond Torte — dubbed “The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made” by The Huffington Post — and eat it, too. Says Prantl’s Bakery co-owner Annette Mich, “Since every cake we make is custom, our most popular trend is for couples to choose the batter and filing of Burnt Almond Torte with any design they like, and have the kitchen staff sprinkle almonds on each slice after the cake is cut.” Flavors on tap for fall include apple spice and espresso for tiered cakes, and pumpkin cream cheese for cutting cakes and dessert bars.
3. Chic Fête
“The macaron has become iconic,” says Gaby et Jules Marketing Coordinator Julie Raffensperger. Make a stylish statement by incorporating these delicate, yet dense, egg-white-and-almond-flour confections into your de rigueur affair. The Pittsburgh pâtisserie offers macaron towers as an alternate, or addition, to a traditional cake. The four-tiered stand holds 47 macarons and the 10-tiered stand holds 227 macarons, as shown here. “The recommended serving size is two to three macarons per guest,” Raffensperger says. “Some couples choose to pass them around in more of a catering style. There is a lot you can do, and it’s fun!” Plus, the delicious flavor options are to die for! Pictured here: Sea Salt Caramel, Earl Grey Tea, Nougatine-Honey, Pistachio, Chocolate, and Coffee.
4. Baring It All
For brides and grooms planning an “ultra rustic” wedding, the “naked” cake continues to be a popular choice. Spinola’s Bake Shop owner Stacey Spinola baked her fall creation using layers of pumpkin spice batter, a seasonal favorite, and buttercream. The dense cake is more moist than your traditional white or yellow wedding cake, she says. “And, it adds that extra depth of flavor couples are looking for. The combination of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon is just lovely.” We couldn’t agree more! On the outside, even the most rustic brides are seeking a more “shabby chic” confection, adding texture or color to a simple design. Spinola adds,”Couples are requesting very detailed cakes, as well as personalized cakes with specific themes.”
5. Simply Elegant
Using just a few elements, Madison Avenue Specialty Cakes whipped up a minimalistic buttercream delicacy. “I’ve seen an increase in buttercream designs because it tends to be more cost-effective than fondant,” says Nancy Becker, owner of Madison Avenue Specialty Cakes. “We are doing a lot of simple buttercream with rosettes, ruffles, piping, and lace designs.” Adding a dose of dainty, Stephanie Kirby of Blue Daisy Floral Designs lightly placed white and pink-tinged florals on the textured tiers. Each layer features one of Becker’s most popular flavors: Mocha Valencia, a dark chocolate cake, soaked with Grand Marnier and filled with chocolate-orange Italian meringue buttercream; Chocolate Baileys, a decadent dark chocolate cake, soaked with Baileys Irish Cream and filled with Baileys chocolate fudge filling; Ultimate Carrot Cake, a moist cake, fragrant of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, that’s filled with a classic vanilla cream cheese buttercream; and Tuxedo, which features alternating layers of white and dark chocolate cakes, that’s filled with vanilla Italian meringue buttercream and chocolate ganache.