Too Good To Eat?

For fear of sounding like Marjorie Dawes I must say I love a bit of cake. However, I’m no expert on the matter and if I was planning my own wedding I’ll be totally honest with you – I wouldn’t lose much sleep over choosing what is, essentially, a pudding…

Or so I thought.

Since working at Rock My Wedding these past two years or so, my eyes have been opened to so much W-day pretty – I think I can probably claim to be a bit of a wedding aficionado by now (just don’t ask me too much about flowers)… But I still get surprised and see something new nearly every single day. Who would have thought there was so much bloody cake out there for a start? I’m sure you simply couldn’t appreciate the sheer volume of options, flavours, colours, tiers, toppers, tables, designs, decorations etc… etc… until of course you sit down and start planning your own big day.

So, I decided I should have a look for myself on the wonderful web to see what is going on in cakesville. I went on a journey of discovery and what I found really does look too good to eat.

Pretty In Pink

Ombre is a big thing at the moment in the cake world. Taken from the french word for “shading” ombre describes when the colours graduate or appear to bleed into each other. Pink is really on trend and below you can see subtle hues of peach bleeding into vibrant colour pop cerise. Ace.

The detailing on Janet Mohapi-Banks Rose Wedding Cake is nothing short of breath-taking. Three hundred hand-pulled and hand coloured sugar roses show off the ombre technique to full effect.

In contrast the subtle approach taken with the two tiered baby pink piece is as striking as it is simple.

Purple Passion

Charlotte actually squealed when she saw the flowers in that vintage tea cup. And all the little sugar cubes with purple hearts on that spill from the cup to the table are pretty much the cutest things you will ever see on top of icing anywhere.

I’m a massive fan of the more subdued end of the colour spectrum so for me purples that range from an almost grey to an almost black really work well – especially if you combine them with a vibrant orange as we see below. Quite the alternative to white!

I am also loving the use of typography and the stripey cake reminds me of spending hours painting colour charts at primary school (but obviously this is much more chic and contemporary). The single white bloom adds an edge of elegance and beauty that I would have been incapable of conjuring up in poster paint as a slightly overactive seven year old.

Not So Mellow Yellow

This set of cakes is brighter than the sun and would suit an outdoors summer extravaganza perfectly. With cupcakes having been so popular for the last few years, a trend we are starting to see more and more now is a move away from cup cakes back to the larger cake.

Not too large though… An assortment of mini cakes as we see here and is really fun, really popular and looks great on your sweet table. It is also a really useful idea for those of you planning a small intimate W-day, where a large cake may go to waste.

Grey And Yellow

One of our favourite colour combinations at Rock My Wedding at the moment. I couldn’t go in search of cake and not sniff out a couple of yellow and grey beauties.

M Robin Cake Design actually colour the sponge to create the clean lines you see on the stripey yellow and grey cake – that isn’t icing!

I am well into a single bloom on a cake (can you tell that yet?) The touch of yellow adds a nice bit of sparkle to the grey vine decoration on the classically influenced creation bottom right.

I am also cheating a little bit here – There isn’t really any grey on the circular patterned creation from Cakes By Krishanthi but it is just so damn elegant that I had to include it here. I love the flash of colour and the way that the circles sort of “become” the craspedia is nothing short of a stroke of cake genius.

*ahem… Are they craspedia? Maybe I know more about flowers than I thought 😉

Peachy Keen

It is no secret that we are massive fans of peach here at Rock My Wedding… Well, today I present to you all kinds of peach cake – we even have the actual fruit sat a top a super subtle iced number.

If anyone is unsure of embracing peach in your colour scheme for w-day then this set of images is surely all you need to be convinced otherwise. The warm ice-cream pastel hues are perfect for a spring or summer wedding, subtle and refreshing – forget about the monstrosities of the late 80’s. Peach is back and looking good.

Taste The Rainbow

I’m going to finish today’s post with a splash of colour. Lurking underneath the stealth icing is a rainbow just waiting to be tasted – A great idea, particularly if you are having children at your wedding. If you fancy having a go at making one you can view the full tutorial here.

And to continue on the rainbow theme, check out this selection of multi-coloured beauties… We have here influences from pop art and in the lower pictures another example of using a selection of miniature cakes, rather than one large tiered affair.

To Top Things Off

I couldn’t go without showing you a few of my favourite cake toppers… I am in actual awe of Lace Rubbish who create alternative bespoke figures for the top of your cake, they are the bees ruddy knees.

A few cheaper D.I.Y options for you too – we have already seen fruit but seriously, how cool is that apple? Also, the photo frame idea is a great alternative to figurines and the miniature bunting is not only really cute but also a really simple D.I.Y project.

So, having thought that I wasn’t really in to cake much (At least not into choosing a cake – EVERYONE is into eating cake, surely?) it turns out that I might actually be blowing the majority of the Adam & Kylie Wedding* budget on a vast range of the fanciest, most colourful cakes in all of blogland.

Although to be honest, maybe I am getting carried away here. After all my Mum makes a pretty mean fruit cake (Hi Mum…) and she is a bit of a diva with the old icing bag too – so I could save myself a massive wedge of cash and still have a cake that the guests would be guaranteed to rave about… Hmmm, decisions, decisions…

So, what are you folks doing? How much budget is set aside for your cake and who out there is going down the home made route?

Maybe you are not having a cake at all?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section, it is always great to hear your plans and opinions.

Right, I’m off for a slice of Battenburg.

Adam x

*This is of course very sadly a completely fictitious event.

40 thoughts on “Too Good To Eat?

  1. I will have a rainbow cake! That is amazing, perhaps not a wedding cake but a cake I make and eat will be rainbow.

    Our cake topper was our only splash out, it was £100 and shipped in from america, I wan’t too bothered about them but when h2b had a look he came back with a list.

  2. I love this post – well I love cake, so it had to be so really! Your selection is stunning – there’s little I love more than popping the words “wedding cake” into the pinterest search box…

  3. That is some serious cake eye candy if I ever I saw some! Cake can be a pricey…but we had a 5 tier cake (and not a saltana in sight!) for £480 which was on average about £300 cheaper than a lot of other quotes we received! I can’t deny that this was more money than we had set out to spend on a cake and even though I fancy myself as a bit of a baker I couldn’t bring myself to add making a wedding cake to my already massive to-do list!

    We wanted a tall cake and so got creative with ideas-the top layer was artificial rather than sponge (cost saving and ensured we wern’t inundated with the stuff!) and we added height by displaying it on a huge wooden log which was inkeeping with our barn reception venue, so that cut down on another tier!

    Don’t be afraid to experiment with flavours-our base layer was rocky road covered in chocolate cigarillos! Other layers were lemon, vanilla and chocolate sponge…if you are going to spend a lot of money on a cake then you may as well have flavours you like! If you are on a budget maybe buy a plain cake and decorate it with fresh flowers that match/compliment your bouquet or you could always serve your cake as dessert, thats one less course to pay the catering company for and the cake will get eaten! 🙂

  4. My wonderful friend is making a selection of cakes for my big day. She knows what flavours my h2b and I like and she knows the menu for the wedidng dinner so she’ll be creating some complimentary cakes…. we’re having curry so I think there will definitely be a chai spiced cake in there! I love the ones decorated with flowers and fruit. She even created a cupcake flavour for my birthday a couple of years ago; lemon sponge, with lavender icing, pomegranate molasses inside the cake and then pomegranate & pistachios sprinkled on top! My h2b loved them so much he even comissioned some more and then when we were discussing wedding cakes, he mentioned themn again. I was like “you mean, Leila’s Princess Cakes?!” He wasn’t too impressed with the name, but they are fit for a princess! 🙂

  5. We’re having a tower of Tunnock’s teacakes! My mum’s appalled, but we think it’ll look pretty funny, and no plates needed since they come in wee foil wrappers – sorted! x

  6. Mmm, lots of yummy looking cake – although some of those look too good to cut into!

    I made our wedding cake, and spent months feeding it with delicious cognac. I kept it simple with just coloured ribbons tied round and topped it with a vintage bride and groom figurine off ebay. We still have some left if anyone wants a slice…

  7. Wowzers – some seriously gorgeous cakes there, Adam! I love the crespedia one too, so cute.

    We are not having an official wedding cake… instead we are having a cheese tower that will have a mini pork pie top (made by my dad) and that will have some kind of cake topper on it. For those with a sweet tooth, we are doing a cake buffet. I say we, I mean our lovely guests will be invited to bring cakes which my soon to be husband will judge with the dads!

    Although it turns out we will have some kind of fancily decorated fruit cake as I never quite got round to icing the Christmas cake I made this year so a friend has kindly offered to tart it up into wedding style. Maybe I will sneak that onto the cake buffet as an anonymous entry and snatch victory, mwah-hah-hah…

  8. We’ve been having many disagreements about our cake, so I might just send the link to MrG and say “Pick one!”

  9. Hi everyone… Perhaps this post should have come with a warming.. Before you read make sure you’ve had your lunch!

    That rainbow cake is immense. I might just have to make myself one this weekend!

    I also guessed there might be a few of you going for cake alternatives… I’m loving the cheese and pie idea. There may well be a follow up
    to this post at some point, all about cakes that aren’t actually cakes.

    Right, I’ve said cakes too much now.


    Adam x

  10. My aunt is a cake maker and has offered her services as our gift. Her words were: you can have whatever you want!

    So, MrJ would like a top cake and then a tower of cupcakes. I’m airing more towards a few tiers of different cakes, a traditional Victoria sponge, a carrot cake (with cream cheese frosting), a fruit cake, but with marzipan and icing like a Christmas cake, and I am partial to a slice of coffee and walnut or lemon drizzle or cherry and coconut or banana loaf or apple and cinnamon loaf or brownie……………..

    This post has made me realise why the pre-wedding slim down is a pretty epic feat. I clearly love cake!!!!!

  11. I flipping love cake and these are too pretty for words (but I’d still tuck in). It’s important to us that it tastes as good or better than it looks – we are auditioning cake makers (I know, tough job).

    We’re also having different flavoured tiers as we have very different ideas on what makes a yummy cake – he likes boozy fruit (or, to be honest, just boozy) and carrot cake and I hate both of thsose but like chocolate and lemon. One of our prospective cake makers does peanut butter and chocolate flavour which I think sounds IMMENSE but fiance thinks not, but is interested in chocolate and port/guinness (shudder).

  12. Ah I have stupidly given up cake for lent (actually wanted to try and give up something that was hard rather than something I don’t care about) and it has just hit half three which is always tea and cake time normally, so this post is making my craving so much worse!!

    I think the cake talent available though is amazing I can’t believe the detail they can achieve, those first few are a work of art!

    However we couldn’t decide on one cake as we love cake! So we are having a dessert table for our wedding. We love cheesecake, brownies, and so many more although personally I think the best cakes are just a classic sponge, cream and jam, even better if you make this a wedding cake tower – yum! I saw a sponge wedding cake on these very pages and the simplicity of it was just stunning, I am going to add a few flowers to mine and then let the taste do the talking!

  13. @ Peridot – It sounds bogging, but Guiness chocolate cake is awesome! Ms. Lawson herself has an ace recipe for it where she says “The best way of describing it is to say that it’s like gingerbread without the spices”. Yum! x

  14. Hi Adam.
    Home made all the way for us – the budget is a leetle small…
    At the very early planning stages I joked about our three remaining grandmothers baking a tier each, after a bit of thought, it’s actually going to be a joint effort between my mum, my nan my soon to be mother-in-law and her mother-in-law (if you followed that!). I love the idea of our family baking our cakes. Might get them iced professionally though.
    We’re still a little undecided on flavours, but I’m reckoning on one chocoate, one traditional fruit and either lemon or plain sponge. (I love lemon cake, so that will probably win…)
    Finally that rainbow cake is AMAZING. I want it.
    Amy x

  15. Well that’s weightwatchers out the window for today then..! They all look gorgeous.

    We love cake but I can’t bring myself to spend hundreds of pounds on it. My bridesmaid (a very talented baker) is making our cake for us and we’re having it as the wedding breakfast dessert.

    For the evening guests we’re setting up a ‘cake bar’ and asking specific guests to bring a cake to the venue in the morning to fill it up. It’s a great way to get people involved (Aunties, grandmothers, friends who like cake etc) and people are actually really excited about being involved (which is really rather touching). Best of all they’ve all offered to bake practise ones for us to try, what was I saying about weightwatchers….!

    @Maddi, A dessert table is my idea of heaven 🙂

  16. yum…
    One of the first decisions I made was that I was going to make the cake myself. I love baking, and the idea of making our wedding cake was far less daunting than making cards/invitations/poms poms or whatever else you could DIY. To keep it simple I’m making all the cakes in advance and bunging them in the freezer so that I can spend the run up to the big day just enjoying icing them. I’m going to hire a tiered cake stand that separates the layers but keeps them one above the other, so that it looks like a wedding cake, but I don’t need to spend the morning of the wedding panicking about dowels and cake stacking. I’m thinking of making a smallish three tiered cake – chocolate, lemon and another to be decided – and then a load of fondant fancies. Even easier to make than cupcakes, already portioned for people to eat and I can go mad with the decorating, although I think they are going to be a light green with a sugar paste daisy on each one. I worked out that all this should cost me about £100, including the hiring of the stand, so all in all I should save about £400 on the equivalent bought from a cake shop!
    However, having read the Tunnock’s teacake idea that may all go out the window – I’m going to tell Mr. H about that later, I think its FAB.

  17. I am making our wedding cake. I did a practice run iced rich fruit cake at Christmas and as it was a success, I baked three tiers a couple of weeks ago. Now I just need to feed it for a couple of months and learn how to make sugar craft flowers! It is lovely to know I’m making our cake and I can use top notch ingredients.

  18. All these cakes are beautiful – the ombre sugarcraft roses steals it for me but I don’t think I could bring myself to actually cut into it because its so perfect!

    We’re not having a cake as I can’t eat gluten, and even gluten free cakes disagree with me as I’m also intolerant to sugar. So after considering a lot of different options (see my blog entry for the full list), we settled on a gluten free cheesecake. We’re having a big one at the top for cutting, and then 40 smaller individual ones. I’m not sold on the idea of individual ones as I don’t particularly like the look of cupcake towers and I think this will look similar BUT they are much easier to plate and serve, and look prettier once on the plate.

    For anyone considering making the rainbow cake – its not as easy as it looks!! I made one for my daughters birthday this year, and you need a LOT of food colouring to even get a suggestion of the colours (I did pink, purple and blue for her) – I have no idea how they managed to get the bright colours in the picture!! The yellow of the butter/margarine definitely changes the colour of the cake – the blue one in particular had a slight green tinge to it so bear that in mind when you’re making it.

  19. ooooh cake. It’s funny – I LOVE cake (and generally anything with sugar in it) but when it came to W-day I wasn’t in the least bit interested – as in, it was the last thing on my list. So we made it funny rather than pretty – the finished thing was a bit of a disaster, lopsided and well…. just a bit naff (!) but it amused no end of guests so I guess that’s something – they all remembered it!

    Out of these I love the Ombre – top left is my favourite and the 3 cakes in varying shades of peach yellow and pink – that whole wedding was awesome. However for ease/impact I adore that buttercream iced one with a giant peach on top…..

    @FrenchCharlotte – I would like a slice please!!

    Charlotte xxx

  20. @ Amy – hi Amy… yeah go home made. This is the thing – bought cakes can have a massive wow factor… but everyone loves home made. I didn’t even consider that you could get a pro in just to do the icing – sounds like a good compromise.

    @ Molly – The cake bar sounds genius… what’s better than one cake – Loads of cakes!

    @Inbal and Angela – we always say at RMW to use the talents you have… baking your own cake sounds like a brilliant way to give your day a really personal touch and save a big of wonga at the same time 😉

    @Clair – yeah the rainbow cake rocks… although according to Shirley it might be a bit more tricky than it looks. All that means is that you might have to have a few attempts at it. Shucks, spare cakes… what to do with those?

    Good bit of cake love today people.
    adam x

  21. We’re not really bothering with a wedding cake, but we are having a cake table and encouraging anyone interested to bring cakes along – so hopefully there will still be lots of cake! We might formally cut my grandma’s famous fruit cake, or maybe not.

  22. I am sure it is no surprise that I am creating my own. I am looking forward to making a show piece.

    I unlike other cake makers do not add the *wedding premium* to the price, it is so immoral.

  23. As a professional cake maker the most common question we got on announcing our engagement (after when is it) was ‘are you making the cake’? Now my answer at the moment is yes and i am feeling immensly inspired by your post, however the pressure is definitely there to deliver something awesome and should it all get too much closer to the day i have already lined up a reciprocal agreement with another local wedding cake maker who is also getting married ‘just in case’. Perfect solution!

  24. Totes amazing! Loving the top right purple, the first ombre, and the top left peach – like works of art!

    And now I’m thinking we NEED a rainbow cake at our big day 😉

  25. What truly exquisite examples of such talent. That rainbow cake is amazing, so vibrant. I may well attempt one for my daughters 1st birthday in a couple of months. RD

  26. Lynsey’s Tunnock tea cakes sound amazing!

    We are lucky because my future sister-in-law is superb at baking and has a freelance sideline in making wedding cakes, so she offered to make ours. I am a bit gobsmacked at how much people pay to buy wedding cakes, it seems like it’s the good old wedding premium. If we didn’t have a good baker in the family I think we would have gone down the decorate-a-plain-sponge route.

    As it is, we haven’t a scooby what we want, other than having moomin cake toppers (they are the most awesomest thing ever). But it’s a nice excuse to use some family heirlooms as the cake knife and the vase we’re putting on the cake table belonged to various grandparents.

  27. At the start of Wedding planning before I realised the extortionate cost of cake, I decided I wanted a Peggy Porschen Wedding Cake! Having found out a price I looked for a cheaper, more cost effective alternative! I found she is so lovely and incredibly talented! She is making us a light pink and ivory cupcake tower with a two tier cake on top, decorated with pretty sugar roses (just like peggys!) and butterflies! I would thoroughly recommend her to anyone in the South East. Xx

  28. Though these cakes all look totally lush, our budget just couldn’t stretch to a blow out cake so we’re going for good old M&S. They taste nice, our florist is going to do some lovely flowers to decorate it and as it’s a bargain price we won’t be too fussed if it doesn’t all get scoffed. We’ve also got a “Mr and Mrs” topper from who I can thoroughly recommend (much emailing back and forth to check colour, size and font) – it’s gorgeous and a great keepsake.

  29. These cakes look amazing.. with only 44 days left until my day, I must resist all temptation!

    We were going to go with M&S cake, we even got the tasters, until one day when we decided to ask at Dobbies Garden Centre.. as they have a little display saying we do wedding cakes!

    The end result is our cake will be from Dobbies! It will be the very first wedding cake they will make..gulp! (which makes me a little nervous!) But with 3 tiers, fruit, madeira & chocolate… it costs less than from M&S.. and they even made us mini loaf tin tasters which tasted amazing.

    Ours will be plain iced, with our purple (our theme colour!) ribbon around each tier and our florist will provide flowers for the top…. can’t wait to see it all together!

  30. We LOVE cake!! But didnt want to spend hundreds so luckily my Bridesmaid offered her Mum’s services to us 🙂 we are going to have 3 tiers top sponge, middle lemon and bottom chocolate mmm… covered in white icing with ribbon to match the Bridesmaids dresses and then dressed with my fave pink peonies by our florist. I’ve told Mr Leech to pick a topper so that will be a nice surprise no doubt it will probably be in the form of a Man U player but he should have some input too!

  31. @Nicky. Thanks for the link to Miss Cake – their cake toppers are fab and reasonably priced too. I will be purchasing! Xx

  32. My darling mum has offered to make our cake. We make a fairly good Christmas cake every year (so far most successful recipe = Kirstie Allsopp’s from her Homemade Home series), so Mum has offered to experiment with icing and so in the run-up to the big day. I am really loving the bunting on cakes I’ve seen on RMW so am currently thinking of doing that – since we will probably be having bunting I can just make some tiny flags out of the offcuts. But that pink cake with the flowers looks very tempting….

    @Peridot – Guiness and chocolate cake is lovely. Try it! 🙂 x

  33. CAKE!! Ooh I just love looking at them…I also spend way too much time searching for ‘lovely cakes’ on pinterest (and eating them). Having decided after 16 years together that we *might* finally go ahead with our own day, the cake option was a priority! We have looked at getting an amazing stack of cheescakes from The English Cheesecake company (check out the immense amount of chocolate!!!) but another popular idea (with us anyway) is asking the guests to enter into a ‘bake-off’ and bring their creations to the wedding for us to judge. Masses of cake to choose from, bonus.

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