Gone are the days of nothing but marzipan wrapped fruit cake topped with mini bride and groom statues. Now your choices when it comes to your wedding cake are endless. The tradition behind wedding cakes is to symbolise good fortune and a long-lasting marriage (not to mention fertility!) that is shared in celebration with family and friends to mark the start of the happy union.
Now cakes have become so much more than just a traditional element of a wedding and are another great way you can express your individuality as a couple – and of course share the love with your family and friends.
One of our favourite local cake creators is Jenne Alonso from Posh Little Cakes, who has a real passion for creating beautiful cakes.
“I love sharing my love of baking with so many people who are bought together to celebrate such special occasions in life,” Jenne said.
Here at Wedding Upmarket, we have been lucky enough to see a few of Jenne’s creations – in fact, she was behind the gorgeous cake featured in the Wedding Upmarket styled shoot.
“I wanted to make a cake with a modern touch so I hand created the gold leaf design. At the same time it needed to exude my Posh Little Cake simplicity and elegance, so I made this pastel peach buttercream cake with gorgeous matching blooms.
As wedding cakes can make artistic reception centrepieces, it is a great opportunity to be as creative as you like and think outside the box when it comes to colours, textures and designs.
Jenne says she loves seeing couples making bold choices when it comes to their colour palettes and being able to apply these to cake designs, tying the cake in with the styling for the whole day.
“I love making the non-white, non-traditional cakes for weddings as I feel there’s so much colour we can work with nowadays. Some couples are coming to me with beautiful colour palettes which makes it really exciting to come up with a way to subtly incorporate colours into their cake design.”
“I’m also starting to see lots of interesting textures on cakes this year too which again is moving away from your traditional smooth white cakes. I’ve been seeing some amazing wedding cakes which are more like art sculpture centrepieces – such a beautiful focal point at the reception.
Jenne says she still loves the buttercream floral cakes, which are elegant, timeless and feminine.
“This style of cake makes for beautiful photos with the newlywed couples and still look beautiful over time when they look back on the memories of their special day.”
Not sure where to start when it comes to picking out your cake?
Jenne advises finding a baker who you trust with your design – do your research and look at reviews or, even better, find someone who comes recommended.
As with any aspect of your wedding planning, having a supplier who you know is taking care of things is key as it will alleviate so much of the stress that can come with all the organisation involved.
“You’ll have so many other things to think about – your cake shouldn’t be one of them,” said Jenne.
Once you have chosen a baker whose cake style you genuinely love, the next step is to go through their website and social media and communicate often with them leading up to the day.. this way you can rest assured that the cake waiting for you on your day will be picture perfect.”
“It is also important to book early to avoid disappointment as bakers like myself have limited spots on the weekends especially. You need to find one who is willing and able to prioritise your wedding cake and not be overcommitted.”
Come and meet Jenne and see her designs, along with 50 other wedding suppliers at Wedding Upmarket Saturday 5 May.