Textured Wedding Cake Trends in Pink and White

Person+Killian Photography www.personkillian.com

We recently had the chance to provide dessert for a networking meeting of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) in Boston. I saw it as an opportunity to be playful with some recent wedding cake trends and a bold color palette of black, white and pink. A square cupcake stand was covered in black and white damask paper. It was the perfect backdrop for chocolate chip cupcakes with a swirl of pink buttercream and a sprinkle of sugar pearls. The three small cakes were finished in buttercream and they are examples of the trend towards textured designs. A pink and white textured hombre pattern is seen on one cake. Another cake had an over-all design of roses in pink buttercream, while the third cake with smooth sides was garnished with coconut on the top as another way to achieve a textured look. The cake flavors were Margarita Cake with Tequila and Lime, Chocolate Cake with Cappuccino Truffle filling and Pumpkin Spice Cake with a Caramel filling, something for everyone! Thanks to Jill Person of Person+ Killian Photography for these beautiful images.

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January 31, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Sharon Reiley - Beautiful cakes Gretchen! They look delicious!!

June 17, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Josh Howell - When planning your cake, think about color. Gather inspiration from the theme of your celebration. The icing colors you choose will carry that theme and personalize your decorating. Look around, notice everyday objects – from a garden in bloom, to the clothes people wear. Which colors appeal to you? Use your favorite colors in your decorating. Don’t be afraid to try something different. Have fun using rich, bright colors or different color combinations. Begin by making a monochromatic cake, decorated all in white or in a single, pale color. Try using color decorations in contrast to an all-white cake background. Decorate using all pastels or all primary colors. Experimenting with color will help you decide which colors work to make your cake designs spectacular.

The right way to cut the cake

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is “How do we cut the wedding cake?”. It can be a little daunting since it’s something you have never done, but hopefully the following suggestions will put you at ease and help you feel confident and comfortable.

photo by Ericson-Wolfe Photography

As a rule, the cake cutting ceremony takes place near the end of dinner, while the guests are still seated. It’s helpful if your band leader or disc jockey announces the event. This is an opportunity for the best man to offer a toast if you would like.

The cake table will have plates, napkins, forks, a knife and a server for the cake. If you stand together to the side and back of the wedding cake, the photographer can take a photo that features your faces and the front of the cake.The bride places her hand on the knife handle and the bridegroom places his hand on hers. Together they cut into the bottom tier of the cake and remove two slices, placing each slice on a plate. Using a fork, first the bridegroom serves the bride a bite of cake and the bride serves him second. Some couples extend this by offering slices of cake to their new in-laws as a sign of love and respect. If you plan to do this, be sure to request enough plates for the cake table in advance. Now you are experts at cutting the cake! The cake will then be moved to the kitchen to be cut for the guests.

The cake cutting ceremony is a highly anticipated part of the wedding reception because it is a festive and sentimental moment. Serving each other the first slice of cake symbolizes your mutual commitment to love, honor and provide for each other, two people facing life’s journey together.

photo by Natasha Velickovic Photography

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May 12, 2013 - 11:14 am

Laurence H. Johnston - The cake cutting ceremony is more than just a standard, expected part of a wedding reception … Its symbolic meaning is very crucial to the newlyweds because they are not just eating together, it is the first marked point that they actually perform a task jointly and share food as a married union, sustaining and providing mutually.