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Cakes for all Special Occasions

A chocolate wedding cake surrounded by rose petals and a brides bouquet of flowers. Sitting an a table with a fire in the background. There are orange roses and nice details on the cake.

Blue and white fondant elegant tiered cake
An elegant cake which could be used at multiple types of events, including weddings.

You need a cake, and not just something you picked up in the grocery store. These are special occasion cakes. The most common kind is the wedding cake, but they can be used for anniversaries, birthdays, baby showers and other life events.

But where to start? Wedding cakes used to be textured white buttercream monstrosities decked with flowers, and some of them still are (including mine). Those are totally legitimate designs, but there’s also a host of other highly popular and creative options.

Google “wedding cakes” and check out the images. You’ll find some both creative and elegant, a wonderful presentation of your personality suitable for the event. Colors both subtle and bright are popular. Surfaces are both textured and smooth. Fondant flowers can drape them. The tiers needn’t be even. Slanted layers create a wonderful, fun illusion of imbalance.

Even if you don’t fall in love with one, they may give good ideas on where you want to go. Then, with an idea (and a printout) in hand, go to your local bakery. They should have a book of their creations. If you’re suspicious of the quality, try someplace else. There’s no reason to mess around with a shoddy bakery.

If you’re happy with the quality, see if they’ve created something similar to what you have in mind. If they haven’t, you may want to move on, but if their work truly is excellent, they can probably create your dream cake fine. Just ask if they think they can translate your idea into cake.

Cakes of Personality

The most creative cakes are generally seen outside of wedding cakes, although there’s certainly nothing to stop you from creating a wildly designed cake for your wedding. It’s your day. Have the cake of your dreams.

These cakes can be bursting with color and may be sculpted into shapes. As an example, baby showers sometimes get cakes looking like a sleeping baby. (The only problem is deciding who has to eat the head.)

Maybe all you have is a theme. The birthday boy loves steampunk or the birthday girl is crazy for football. You can come to a gourmet baker with that rough of an idea. They’ll sketch something out and you can decide if it’s what you want.

Assymetrica l blck and whitecake
An asymmetrical cake with fondant to create sharp edges and smooth surfaces

Fondant is the tool that really helps create these designs. It’s rolled out in smooth layers, cut into flat shapes, and bent into a variety of objects. Fondant can transform a cake into a work of art.

If you’re looking for something a little bit lower key, or you wish to rein in expenses, consider gourmet cupcakes. They’re made from the same delicious cake used in larger creations. Fondant, berries, chocolates and more are often used to elegantly decorate on the top of each cupcake.

Chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate nestled into a buttercream frosting wrapped in delicate cut-out paper.
Chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate heart nestled in buttercream frosting wrapped in delicate cut-out paper.

Today’s opportunities for creative special occasion cakes are immense. Bakers generally keep a record of their creations, and the internet is bursting with additional ideas. It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to decide before the event. It may take time to decide on a design, and bakers often need several weeks to get you into their schedule. With a little planning, you can have a cake worth remembering.

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