26Apr

Let There Be Cake! | Cake Topper Inspiration

By, April 26, 2016

At the wedding, even the smallest details can make a big impression. One unexpected way to showcase your personality as a couple is the cake topper. This fun expression of love can be as outrageous, understated, or glamorous as you want it to be.

Although its origins are shrouded in mystery, legend says the cake topper began over 100 years ago. Engaged to be married, a baker’s daughter came to her father seeking a unique symbol of love for her groom. After multiple attempts, and long consideration, the baker presented the bride-to-be with two figurines atop a cake. This representation of the wedding couple became instantly popular, and still holds to this day.

The ritual of the cake topper has been updated over time, with modern twists. We’ve seen ornate hand-carved designs, customized figurines, sophisticated paper cutouts, and much more. We hope you enjoy these recent cake topper inspiration photos below.

Cute text and sports-inspired wedding cake topper

At Lauren and Stephen’s wedding at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (see below), they cheered on their favorite sports teams with personalized hockey and soccer cake toppers!

Cute hockey-inspired cake topper with wedding couple Rustic, chic wedding cake toppers of birds and wedding couple Minimal red and yellow cake with gold text cake topper

Cake toppers can be a fun way to get festive and celebrate your ancestry. This Day of the Dead cake from the wedding of Danielle and Michael (below left) and figurines from Jennifer and David (below right) added a pop of color to the day’s activities.

Mexican-inspired, day of dead wedding cake toppers Cute, tiger-themed bride and groom cake topper

For April and Vernon’s wedding (below), the couple had an artist capture them in their wedding day attire, depicted as paper cutouts. This resulted in a timeless keepsake that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Modern, chic cake topper customized to look like wedding couple Cute and fun airplane topper with bride and groom Funny and cute dog-inspired wedding cake toppers with wedding couple Creative navy-themed cake topper with wedding couple Funny cake topper with groom pulling bride Cute, ceramic owl wedding cake topper of wedding couple

If figurines aren’t your style, you can switch things up with a dash of fresh flowers. These two cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking (see below) added elegance and tropical flair to understated white frosting bases.

Colorful, floral and exotic wedding cake toppers

Another idea is to incorporate streamed banners, adding a whimsical, handmade touch to the dessert table.

Cute, rustic wedding cake toppers with bannered signs Classic wedding cake decorated with sailor wedding cake topper Creative, beach-inspired wedding cake toppers with chairs and sand

No matter how you top it, a personalized wedding cake topper is a fun way to welcome guests to your reception. We leave you with this sexy cake topper from Sisanie and Michael’s wedding at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, which really says it all :)

Classic wedding cake with cake topper of bride and groom kissing

Check out more ways to personalize and decorate your wedding cake top.

30Mar

Sweet Inspiration | Wedding Cakes Remixed

By, March 30, 2016

The wedding cake is a worldwide tradition that spans across many cultures. Starting with a delicious blank canvas, skilled bakeries and caterers use craftsmanship and a bit of magic to create tantalizing works of art. We are always impressed when the wedding cake is specific and personalized to the couple, or when it ties in expertly with the wedding theme. The artistry involved never ceases to amaze.

For a delicious serving of inspiration, we decided to remix some of our favorite photos from throughout the years with cake styles we love. Sweet!

Classic Wedding Couple and Gold Cake at US Grant

There are a variety of ways to match your cake to the overall theme of the day. For example, a sleek downtown wedding may call for a minimal, modern cake design with understated accents. At a more colorful wedding, the cake style may be more vibrant, such as the example below by Crimson Cake.

Fun and tropical wedding couple and cake

This romantic cake (below) by the Fairmont Grand Del Mar left us stunned. With its beautiful, ruffled ombre of chocolate-to-vanilla frosting, it is a visual treat! Throw a sexy vintage Corvette into the mix, and you’re in for one glamorous evening!

Modern couple in red sport car with ruffled wedding cake

We love how the geometric lines of Christy and Sterling’s venue, Vin De Syrah, juxtaposed with this cake (below) by 24 Carrots Catering and Events. The cake’s minimal sleekness, topped off with a burst of ruffles, is the perfect counterbalance to this venue’s marble interior.

Modern Ruffled Wedding Cake Rustic inspired wedding with aloe vera cake

At a themed or exotic wedding, a touch of the environment helps to immerse guests in the experience. For example, when we laid eyes on these cakes by Temecula Creek Inn (above) and Sweet Cheeks Baking (below) we instantly fell in love with their incorporation of the natural surroundings.

Tropical Beach Wedding with Blue Cake Couple with horse and rustic wedding cake Patriotic Military Wedding Cake Traditional Couple in spiral staircase with gold crusted wedding cake Wedding Couple and vibrant sunflower cake

These cakes by Twiggs Bakery (above) and Twin Oaks Garden Estate (below) added a touch of vibrance to their surroundings.

Couple with firetruck and white with red flowers wedding cake Dramatic orange and blue wedding couple and cake Pink accents on wedding cake and details Modern wedding couple with dramatic purple background and purple wedding cake

For more creative ways to dress up your cake, click here :)

28Jan

A Ruffled Wedding Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

By, January 28, 2013

Heather and Gabe contacted Sweet Cheeks Baking Co in July to create a beautiful wedding cake for their November nuptials at the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla.

The goal was to design a cake that fit the modern feel of the Scripps Forum, as well as the layered and ruffled look that Heather loves.

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Heather and Gabe’s wedding, which was coordinated by Details Defined, had a modern beach feel with pops of pink and deep purple. The cake complemented the aesthetic of the day, and it turned out beautifully!

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Because the wedding was held in November, we wanted to offer the guests a cool selection of seasonal flavors. We created a rich chocolate option, as well as a lighter, fruitier choice. Since berries were at their ripest peak, we suggested using a dark berry to offset the lemon brightness they requested. As a result, the cakes could not have been more deliciously paired – all frosted in our Italian Meringue Butter Cream.

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The bottom tier was made of our Chocolate Blackout Cake, with Chocolate Butter Cream, and 60% Belgian Chocolate Ganache fillings. The top two tiers featured our Vanilla Bean Sour Cream Cake, with Fresh Blackberry Curd and Lemon Curd fillings.

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Heather and Gabe hired Kathy Wright Flowers to create their amazing arrangements. Kathy built up a tremendous, extra large Malmaisson Rose, which became the singular floral topper for the cake. Kathy makes beautiful pieces of art, so we were thrilled to have one of her creations finish off our cake.

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All of our options were practical, and within the desired price range!

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This ruffled cake was the right fit for the “Wright” couple!

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Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking
Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum
Photographer: True Photography
Coordinator: Details Defined
Musician: Caprice Strings
Caterer: Coast Catering
Makeup: Flirt Makeup
Event Beverage Service: Giuseppe Fine Catering
Florist: Kathy Wright & Co.
Transportation: La Costa Limo
Disc Jockey: Shammy Dee
Jeweler: The Diamond Connection