Here at Love Sussex Weddings HQ, we love a good cake, so to celebrate the mouth-watering (and some amazingly OMG jaw-dropping) cakey choices of just some of our Sussex brides and grooms, we’ve put together our top ten inspirational wedding cake ideas! Prepare to feel very hungry:
1. Naked Wedding Cakes
Over the last few years, scrumptious and stripped back naked cakes have become a very popular choice for relaxed and rustic themed weddings, think barns, chilled outdoor ‘dos and boho-inspired big days. Normally, these delicious delights are based on the traditional Victoria sponge, filled with copious amounts of jam and cream and topped with summer fruits – perfect if you’re after that rustic summer fete feel. We fell in love with Hannah and Chris’ nostalgic naked cake handmade by the bride’s mum, doesn’t it remind you of sunny days gone-by?
2. Cakes of Cheese
Yes, yes, we know a ‘cake made out of cheese’ – and no we’re not going all Peter Kay on you, we literally mean it! For those of you who long for savoury rather than sweet, a ‘cheese cake’ (i.e. a ‘cake’ made from different types of decadent cheeses) is a great option. Kate and Tim’s amazing cheese stack, made by the super-talented Sally from Standean Caterers certainly caught our attention back in May this year.
Cupcakes exploded onto the wedding cake scene almost a decade ago (with help from Carrie and co from Sex in The City) and are still a firm favourite amongst couples and their guests. Individual cupcake towers are perfect for handing out cupcakes to lucky guests, if you don’t fancy cutting up and sharing out your cake (we don’t blame you…) or if you don’t want a traditional big cake.
Speaking of big cakes, cupcakes don’t have to be dainty – oh no, in the last couple of years, we’ve also seen giant cupcakes take centre-stage at vintage-inspired Sussex weddings and boy-oh-boy, do they really add to the cute and quirky ambience of a retro-themed wedding!
4. Doughnut Towers
After something a little less formal than a cake? Take a doughnut out of Lewes-couple Laura and Chris’ big day book with a doughnut tower made by Circa Events! Guests can dig in and choose their favourite, mmmmm doughnuts.
5. Seaside Themed Cakes
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Living so close to the sunny south coast – an inspiration for many a Sussex wedding – it’s easy to see why seaside inspired wedding cakes, in the form of cool beach huts, sandcastles and even the pier are so popular!
6. Rainbow Cakes
From stationery to flowers, décor to now, cakes, mix-matched colours are big news for big days, none more so than rainbow brights. Rachel and Dan’s multi-coloured masterpiece from Brighton’s Flutterby Bakery is one of the first rainbow cakes we clapped eyes on, for their epic barn wedding back in 2012! Needless to say, it’s a subtle way of injecting your fun, frivolous colour pop theme into your dream day.
7. Buttons and Bows
Whether you’re inspired by the bow-tied Tiffany box your engagement ring came in or a lover of delicate details, pretty button and/or bow accessorised cakes, like this one from Consumed By Cake are simple yet stunning choices for a wonderful wedding cake.
8. Flower Power
From traditional roses to sophisticated lillies, a wedding just wouldn’t be complete without some fabulous flowers. But why stop at just decorating your venue with them, when you can turn your cake into a floral fantasia? This oh-so-romantic rose covered cake, made by Chatter Cakes, would work in a whole host of settings from an elegant hotel celebration to a DIY village hall ‘do.
9. Top Of The Cake
Fun and quirky cake toppers are one of this year’s wedding bestsellers. Go for cake bunting, a personalised Mr and Mrs addition or even a LOVE topper, like Love Sussex Wedding readers Lisa and Alex, to really stamp your personality on your cake!
10. Hand Painted Cakes
This year, delicate hand painted cakes have become one of the most talked about trends and we can totally see why! It’s the perfect way of incorporating your wedding theme in a gentle and toned down way, while still keeping that all important wow-factor. We caught up with the lovely Natalie from Brighton-based MurrayMe a few weeks ago to hear all about her out-of-this-world Willow pattern cake – inspired by chintzy 18th century crockery, isn’t it gorgeous?