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Here's What's Hot in Wedding Cakes

If there’s a wedding in your family’s near future, you are very likely already knee-deep in dress designs, color schemes and venues. When you’re ready to check wedding cakes off your to-do list, you may be surprised at what’s new and smart in today’s traditional tiered cakes.

While white-on-white will never go out of style, celebrity bakers say the choices are endless for brides and grooms who are looking for a cake to be remembered.

Consider these, experienced pastry chefs told editors at

Metallics. With silver and gold popular everywhere, it’s a natural for elegant wedding tiers. Stylized and glamourous, they can range from the all over art-deco style of old Hollywood to the sleek opulence of towering tiers banded by glittering metallics.

Ruffles. Frills are at home in every reception from avant-garde to country chic, and sugar ruffles lend a light, airy elegance to a cake, especially when finished off with fresh flowers.

Painted Cakes. We’re talking marbleized, stained glass, even Monet-inspired artwork skillfully hand-painted on your cake—maybe the design on your invitations. There’s no limit to the scenery or faces that can be recreated on your cake.

Woodland Cakes. Popular for outdoor receptions, these whimsical tiers feature white or ivory fondants set with flowers, greenery, even tiny replicas of woodland creatures set in their natural habitat.

Geographic Designs. Colorful squares, chevrons, stripes and circles in a palette of your chosen colors on white or ivory tiers create an air of urban sophistication perfect for contemporary weddings.

Monograms. The idea here is a cake made to highlight your new, shared initials. Think scripted monograms on a gold sugar plaque, or repeated around the cake to make a pattern discerning guests will recognize as your monogram.