When it comes to fall wedding cakes, most couples lean towards something rustic. Pinecone accents, pumpkin flavors, and sugared berry adornments are just some of the most popular ways to give your confection an autumnal upgrade. If you really want to celebrate the season with your wedding cake, then the latest dessert trend might just be for you.
Birch tree cakes, which are designed to look just like one of our favorite fall sights, have been popping up everywhere this season, and we're so excited about the trend. White, flaky bark, the hallmark of a birch tree in fall, can be perfectly mimicked with fondant. But that etched base is the only rule when it comes to this trend. Cake toppers, floral or fruit accents, and personalized "carvings" are all ways to make a birch cake your own. Here are four ways to interpret the idea on your big day.
Go All Out
If you're a total fall enthusiast, the above masterpiece will surely be your favorite. It hits all the rustic notes: antler topper, gold feather accents, and seasonally-hued fruit and flowers. The cake's most remarkable feature, though, might be the bark-effect. With knots, convincing coloration, and bumpy icing, this beauty is as tree-like as they come. If you’re looking to pack even more fall into your wedding cake, swap out pink for burgundy blooms or consider adding figs or pinecones.
Over-the-top rustic details not your thing? Tone down the tree vibes with barely-there grooves for something subtler, like the above white chocolate, orange liqueur, and apricot confection by Perfect Endings. Placed in small bunches at each tier, tiny fondant acorns, rust-colored leaves, and white flowers offer quiet seasonal moments, without being too loud.
This naked birch tree cake, by Christina Banner Cakes, will surely be favored by a nature-loving couple. This bride and groom made the trend their own by etching their initials, surrounded by a heart, into the "bark" icing—much like a couple might do on an actual tree. Bonus points if you add fondant leaves in transitional colors and a grapevine and moss topper in the letter of your new last name.
Another way to make your mark on the trend? Channel Alliance Bakery's cream and gold creation and opt for a chalkboard sign. This birch tree cake might be the most realistic of the bunch—with "peeling" icing, real and faux leaves, and a tree trunk base, it's easy to forget that you're looking at a cake!