Cooking Tips | 27 July 2016Amazing Wedding Cake Inspiration for Your Big Day Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Wedding season is now well and truly upon us and today we’re bringing you a selection of some of the most beautiful and inspirational wedding cakes from around the world. Whether you’re a traditional bride looking for a stunning centrepiece, a whimsical bride looking for something more rustic or an alternative bride looking to wow your guests with a unique showstopper – you’ve come to the right place! So here it is, our list of wedding cake designs guaranteed to make your guests drool… THE NAKED WEDDING CAKE A growing trend among today’s brides, this naked cake is a bucolic summer feast of a cake, a spectacular but simple bake. Light vanilla sponges full of fresh fruit are sandwiched with cream and loaded with as much fruit as they will take. Use whatever fruit you have in abundance. (Recipe and image from Grow Your Own Cake by Holly Farrell, photography by Jason Ingram) THE COUTURE WEDDING CAKE Mich Turner’s pioneering work in the world of creative cake decoration means she is often described as the queen of couture cakes. Mich’s bespoke classic and contemporary creations have graced the table of her Majesty the Queen, Madonna, Pierce Brosnan, Paul McCartney, Cheryl Cole and David Beckham, to name just a few! This beautiful example of Mich’s work is perfect for a Spring wedding… (Recipe and image from Couture Wedding Cakes by Mich Turner MBE, photography by Richard Jung) THE GLAMOROUS WEDDING CAKE Another Mich Turner headturner, this cake was inspired by the Tiller Girls dancing troupe from the turn of the 20th century, with their glittering costumes of sequins and pearls and ostrich plumes. Delicate white feathers are painted onto a pearl-lustred steel-blue cake, then defined with white pearls. A single orchid provides a feathery ‘headdress’. (Recipe and image from Couture Wedding Cakes by Mich Turner MBE, photography by Richard Jung) THE RAINBOW WEDDING CAKE Taste the rainbow! This summery treat is a spectacle of bold hues and is sure to brighten up any dessert table. These individual cakes can also double up as the perfect wedding favour! (Recipe and image from Couture Wedding Cakes by Mich Turner MBE, photography by Richard Jung) THE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS WEDDING CAKE This stunner is a courgette (zucchini), basil, lime and pistachio cake with avocado lime and raspberry jam and it sings with fresh summer flavours. It’s dairy, gluten and refined sugar free so is bound to please even the fussiest of wedding guests (it’s absolutely delicious too!) (Recipe and image from Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman, photography by Lisa Linder) THE SHOWSTOPPER ‘Croque en bouche’ translates as ‘crunch in the mouth’ and this refers to the caramel that holds together this tower of profiteroles that make this wonderfully extravagant cake. Made popular in recent years by its appearance in the Great British Bake Off, the croquembouche first appeared in the 18th century when it was served as a wedding cake. It is designed to be a magnificent centrepiece and is certainly one to get your guests talking! (Recipe and image from Worlds Best Cakes by Roger Pizey, photography by Šárka Babická) THE VINTAGE WEDDING CAKE Inspired by pretty vintage cards featuring hearts and roses, this cake can be dressed up as little or as much as you like with coloured icing, floral, decorations, or even hand-piped declarations of love. The sponge contains buttermilk and keeps well for several days, so the cake can be made in advance. It’s perfect for those looking for a more nostalgic vibe. (Recipe and image from Vintage Cakes by Jane Brocket, photography by Polly Wreford) THE APPALACHIAN WEDDING CAKE Although these cakes are now popular across America during holiday season they originated in the Appalachian area of the country as a wedding cake. When the wedding guests arrived, they would each bring a sponge layer and each layer would be added to the stack with filling between – the higher the stack, the more popular the wedding couple. There are no prizes for the highest tower but the just desserts of making this knock-out cake are its super-tasty flavours. Now, just how big is one slice? (Recipe and image from Worlds Best Cakes by Roger Pizey, photography by Šárka Babická) THE SKYSCRAPER You’ll need to be prepared a day ahead to make this traditional Scandinavian delicacy but all the effort will be more than rewarded when you and your guests survey the finished product. A tower of cake with icing accompanies all sorts of celebrations in Scandinavia – from weddings to birthdays to Christmas. People go to town with the decorations, too, and you’ll see everything from flowers to flags to tinsel and Christmas crackers. What will you decorate yours with? (Recipe and image from Worlds Best Cakes by Roger Pizey, photography by Šárka Babická) Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.