Trending Now: Bas-Relief Wedding Cakes
Ask any cake baker and they'll tell you that your wedding confection is an edible work of art. Continue with this analogy and the baker becomes the artist while you assume the role of commissioner; it becomes both of your jobs, then, to work together to bring the masterpiece inside of your head to life, sugar flowers, statement tiers, unique toppers, and all. While the dessert of your dreams will undoubtedly be one to remember, it's safe to say that some wedding cakes are more artistically-inclined than others. This simply comes down to how they're made—specific trends, like hand-painted fondant, require unique methods (and true talent!) to pull off. If you're searching for another way to make your wedding cake museum-ready, you'll want to consider a new artsy cake style: bas-relief.
Bas-relief, or "low-relief," is a term most commonly heard when discussing sculpture; the artist gently carves out picturesque scenes so that the motifs are just slightly raised from the backdrop. It's a beautiful method—one that translates just as prettily onto the blank canvas that is your wedding cake. It's also relatively subtle, which makes it a perfect option for couples who want to add refined, elevated detail work to their big-day dessert.
While some bas-relief accents, which often involve etched flower vines or blossoms, feel more defined (in art speak, we'd say these appear in higher relief!), most feel barely-there. Take this A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes treat, for example—the cube-shaped four-tier cake featured lace-inspired bas-relief accents, which felt just slightly removed from the pale blue base fondant. Sugar roses and greenery sprigs were added for contrast.
Ready to discover more of these Bernini-worthy confections? Click through to discover our new favorite wedding dessert trend—bas-relief cakes.
The barely-there sculptural elements on this Batter Up Cakery three-tier play prettily with its dainty deckle-edges.
Love the bas-relief wedding cake trend, but don't want to apply the technique to your entire confection? Make like Marie Antoinette Cake Design and dress up a small section—like a top corner—with a low relief moment. To keep such a small accent from feeling random, choose a shade (like a metallic or a pastel!) that pops against the white base fondant.
The more enunciated a bas-relief accent is, the more dramatic it feels. Take this petite confection by Maggie Austen Cake, for example. The surface is almost entirely covered with an abstract, textured motif; gold-leaf and a blush-centric sugar floral accent polished off the look.
Do you know what's better than one bas-relief wedding cakes? Three! This Batter Up Cakery trio featured the same unique pattern across its single-, double-, and triple-tier iterations: a modern fleur-de-lis.
Here's a tropical-inspired way to incorporate this sculptural trend into your beach wedding cake. Synie's Paris etched palm, monstera, and banana leaves into this small confection and outlined the carvings in gold to add dimension; the design matched the real greens styled below.
At first glance, this Cloud 9 Bakery treat's base layer appears to have a simple pebbled texture. Look closer, though, and you'll discover a mix of highly-detailed fondant blooms carved in low-relief.
Coated in tiny bas-relief blooms, this Jonathan Caleb Cake creation would look right at home at a garden wedding.
A Touch of Gold
Every element of this Sweet Fix masterpiece—from the origami-inspired sugar topper to the gold bas-relief florets and fringed bottom tier—feels whimsical and fresh.
Straight Out of a Fairy Tale
If you've been searching for a confection that looks straight out of a storybook, you've found it: Thanks to its pale blue hue, carved berries, and trailing sugar vine, it's easy to imagine that Cinderalla or Sleeping Beauty commissioned The Cakewalk Shop to create this one-of-a-kind cake.
Chinoiserie inlays, framed by raised blue fondant, gives the illusion that this Sweets by E confection was carved and then painted.
This Just Iced Custom Cakes confection combines two popular wedding cake trends: beach-inspired (note the oceanic hue and shell-textured middle tier!) and tiny bas-relief floral work, as seen on the top layer.
The modern shape of this cube Jasmine Rae Cakes creation contrasts its romantic, Old-World etchings.
Sugar greens fill in the negative space where bas-relief vines don't connect on this Buttercream Bakeshop dessert.