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Floral accents are no doubt a staple in wedding cake design, and beautiful ones at that, but options are plentiful when it comes to choosing a signature look for your wedding day dessert. Here are cakes that do it up differently.
The combination of the colorful crisscross design on the bottom and the geometric shapes running up to the top and above the cake gives this dessert from Amy Beck Cake Design, a fun and modern edge. Renowned cake designer, Wendy Kromer of City Bake Shop in Sandusky, Ohio says that a contemporary design will work best if you place it on a stand so guests can admire it at eye level.
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Golden Caramel Apple Topper
Although the caramel drizzle is enough to make your mouth water, this confection, from Nine Cakes, made of vanilla-bean spiced apple cake and filled with caramel buttercream is fittingly topped with the fruit from which it's inspired. These edible gold accents also serve as a symbol of love and fertility, according to Greek mythology.
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There's nothing more personalized than your new initials gracefully displayed across your wedding dessert. An experienced baker can use your monogram to stencil onto waxed paper instead of going freehand to ensure the pattern has the perfect personal touch. This dark chocolate cake from Rose's Cakes boasted pretty blue fondant, elegant piping, and the couple's monogram featured on the front of the confection.
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Art Deco Details
Long rectangles with varying height patterns make up the sugar-paste "fans" and are fitting for a Gatsby-style wedding, or even a celebration of a big-city theme. The design from Sweet and Saucy Shop was painted with gold details to give the sleek dessert a three-dimensional look.
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Rock Candy Confection
Rock candy sprinkled over a buttercream-frosted dessert makes for a dynamic display of color, like on this cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop. Pro tip: Refrigerate the cake first to firm the icing, then begin adorning with the candy accents. Work carefully to ensure the rock candy is evenly spread, and you can even top it off with larger candy or paper gems.
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These sweet fruits pack enough color once you slice them open to provide stark contrast to a bright white cake. Sweet and Saucy Shop used just a few on this cake, making a bold and sophisticated statement.
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Give your guests an extra treat with their wedding cake by offering some delightful macarons—like these caramel-flavored accents that complement a cheese-frosted carrot confection from Sugarplum Cake Shop.
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A gold-painted middle tier makes for a dazzling effect, drawing your eye to the center of this cake from Cocoa & Fig. The ruffled buttercream tiers on either side add an element of texture, juxtaposing the sleek golden center.
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Berry Border Detail
Blackberries can serve as sweet accents and double to help create a marbleized frosting effect fit for a backyard wedding or a ballroom reception. This blackberry and whipped-cream cake from Jason Schreiber exemplifies the ever-popular and not to mention sustainable, farm-to-(dessert) table cuisine.
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Ombré Polka Dots
This lemon-scented cake with a tri-berry compote and vanilla buttercream frosting from A Simple Cake boasted simple blue ombré dots running down each tier and topped off with a bride and groom fox cake topper from Bunny With a Toolbelt as a nod to this wedding's fox theme.
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Rosette Piped Icing
Want that floral look without the actual flowers? Take a cue from this couple, who had Buttercup Bakery frost this mint chocolate groom's cake in a light blue rosette design. The detail in the frosting is gorgeous in itself!
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For simple sophistication, adorn your cake with a crown, like this couple's plain white confection from One Girl Cookies.