Weddings today have changed so much from the traditional affairs which we would have seen a century ago and we think you don’t need to follow the crowd. With many traditions being altered and some removed altogether, couples are often keen to put their own spin on their big day. Your wedding day should be a demonstration of your combined personalities. and by choosing a unique cake, you can reflect this.
Cutting the cake is a pinnacle of your day, so having a cake that’s personal makes it extraordinary. Tall tiers of white cake with brides as figures on top are becoming obsolete as couples everywhere opt for something more contemporary. Why not give it a go and try something unusual? We’ve found 10 of the best unusual wedding cake ideas we think you should try!
Unique wedding cake designs
Whether you are taking on your own cake creation or getting the help of a professional, your guests will appreciate the creativity. Needless to say, if you want to make your own cake, preparation is key so make sure to practise it beforehand. Having your own work at your wedding is an endlessly rewarding feeling but if you’re an amateur, practice makes perfect. Experiment with ingredients and toppings until you find a formula that you love.
However, if you don’t fancy trying it yourself, don’t feel the pressure to do so, particularly if you don’t have long to prepare. Keep at least some of the wedding prep to a minimum so you have time to breathe before the big day. Shop around and find a wedding cake maker who’s work mimics the style you want and together you can create a unique cake which perfectly compliments your wedding.
Probably one of the most popular spins on the traditional wedding cake is cupcakes. These can be tiered to nod to tradition. The classic cupcake is inevitably simpler for people to eat and requires no inconvenient cutting. This option also allows plenty of room for variation, so you can choose classic white sponge, chocolate, pink angel, and fruit cake to keep everyone satisfied.
#2. Naked cake
A naked wedding cake is exactly what it says on the tin. A cake which has little or no icing with the filling left exposed. These cakes look simple, yet elegant and are a great modern twist on the tradition. A naked cake would be the perfect option for couples who are wedding outside as the rustic feel perfectly complements nature. Simply dress with some pretty fruit for a pop of colour and you’re ready to serve to guests.
#3. Assorted pies
This is a great option if you have guests with a range of taste pallets. Have an assortment of different pies, cherry, apple, lemon on the table instead of a traditional cake. This ensures there is plenty of options for your guests, and who doesn’t like pie?
Unique cake designs for wedding
When deciding on unusual wedding cake ideas, find things you and your partner like individually, and together. If you want your cake to be really personal, allow it to reflect something you share as a couple. Include non-edible objects on top of the cake so you can save them as memories for later.
#4. Two-faced cake
Often you have a different idea of what you’d like to your partner, and this is where two-faced wedding cakes have developed. These excellent alternative cakes can take the form of a split down the middle, or a curtain cut to a different theme. Popular ideas include half a traditional cake and half a superhero theme, or different tiers with different styles. Either way, it gives both you and your partner the chance to incorporate your individual ideas into your cake.
#5. Marble effect cake
In the last ten years, we’ve utilised classic marble everywhere in our homes from worktops to staircases. Why not have a pretty marble wedding cake. From whites and golds to pinks, this allows for a vast colour range which looks truly striking. This idea is super elegant and is sure to look great in the wedding photographs. Keeping up with the natural theme, cakes which appear to have been cut, revealing a geode inside look beautiful. You can customise this idea with different coloured geode crystals and shapes of cake.
#6. Tower of doughnuts
If you want to be really alternative with your unusual wedding cake ideas, veer away from cake altogether and opt for stacked doughnuts. These can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. Have a tower of glazed or go for different toppings and flavours for each. Krispy Kreme has a wide variety of colours and tastes which allow you to mix and match. Another option which means guests can easily pick them up to eat and any leftovers can be enjoyed with a coffee the next day.
#7. Cake pops
Following along the lines of doughnuts and cupcakes, cake pops are the best for easy consumption and don’t even require a plate. Enjoy balls of cake on a stick, dressed in chocolate, icing or whatever confection you fancy. You can make them as elegant or as bold as you like. These pops are pretty easy to make so perfect if you want to save costs on hiring a professional and whip up some treats at home.
Quirky wedding cake ideas
One of our favourite unusual wedding cake ideas is to veer away from cakes altogether and choose another treat your guests can enjoy. This works well if you and your partner don’t have a sweet tooth and want an alternative wedding treat. Think about your favourite foods and incorporate them into your cake. If your family and friends prefer a more conventional option, consider having another smaller cake which is more traditional.
#8. Savoury cake
If you and your partner are really not keen on sweets, go for a completely savoury style cake. This could be a cake full of cheese and olives, or a tier of different foods. We love the idea of a tiered cake made of different kinds of pizza or sushi rolls. Don’t feel the need to conform on your big day. If you and your other half really love a certain food, adapt it and make it your cake. The day will be so much more significant if it’s personalised to you.
#9. Cheese Tier cake
One for all the cheese fanatics out there, this can work on its own or be accompanied by a sweet cake. The cheese tier wedding cakes are a stacked variety of everyone’s favourite blues, bries and cheddars. You can make your own by browsing the cheese counter or pick a pre-made one like this tower by Waitrose & Partners to reduce preparation time. Ensure you have plenty of crackers, chutneys and complimenting fruit and veg for guests to enjoy along with your cheese wedding cake. Guests are guaranteed to be talking about this long after the wedding. Check out Pinterest for more savoury wedding cake ideas.
If you can’t wait for Shrove Tuesday to come around, celebrate it at an alternative date with a pancake wedding cake. Enjoy stacked pancakes which you can top with a range of confection like maple syrup, sugar and lemon and chocolate. Again, this would be so easy to create there is no need for a professional. An easy and effective choice which is truly unique.
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We hope you’ve enjoyed our unusual wedding cake ideas! Which is your favourite? Whichever cake you choose, you’re sure to have a truly magical day. Some couples opt to ditch the cake altogether and would prefer to save the money for the honeymoon.
Whether you’re choosing an extravagant creation or no cake at all, celebrate your big day with Ettington Chase. Set in the stunning Warwickshire countryside, we can offer 15 flexible spaces which can be completely tailored to you. We are also fully licensed for outdoor weddings amid 11 acres of picturesque grounds which gives the perfect backdrop for your big day. We provide a range of wedding packages to suit you and ensure you get the most out of your wedding day. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team today for further details, queries, or to book your dream venue now.