Wedding cakes outside the box

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Sugar mountain: A tower of cupcakes is a popular trend these days at weddings. | Photo by Fotolia

Wedding days are awash with tradition — rings, flowers, something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. But the wedding cake is one stalwart that’s been given a modern twist in recent times.

Numerous couples still choose to have the traditional three-tiered cake covered with marzipan, white fondant icing, and miniature models of the bride and groom sitting atop. But today there is an entirely new breed of cakes making their debut.

So what are the options for the contemporary couple? Here’s just a sampling of the stunning plethora of cakes available for your big day:

The cupcake tower

The name says it all. The cupcake has come very much into vogue in recent times and it’s not surprising the trend has moved into the realm of the wedding cake. These towers look fantastic, and as the tower is already divided up into individual portions there’s no need to cut and distribute the cakes among guests.

There can be a large variety of cakes made in ways to suit everyone’s taste, in terms of flavor and filling. From red velvet to chocolate fondant cupcakes, the bride and groom can choose whatever is their preference and have a large selection of different flavors if they so desire.

Cupcakes are also a great way to accommodate guests with intolerances and/or allergies, as nut-free, gluten-free and dairy-free cakes can be specially made and marked for those who have particular dietary needs.

The character cake

For those with interests in a specific field, or for those who want to represent a special aspect of their relationship, the character cake is ideal. If there is a particular artist, musician or celebrity who has meaning or is a shared passion that couples would like to be part of the big day, this can be incorporated into the wedding cake.

For instance, David Bowie fanatics may be tempted to have a David Bowie cake made for them, or a bride and groom who both work in architecture may wish to have a specific building recreated, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Be cognizant this type of cake can be very expensive depending on the design, and is a luxury. Whatever you do, make sure it’s in good taste ... literally and figuratively.

Tiered layers of the finest cheeses

Some brides and grooms opt not to have a wedding cake at all — not a sweet one anyway. Couples who don’t have a sweet tooth often choose to have a wedding cake that consists of many layers of the finest cheeses — layers of Cheddar, Stilton and Lancashire topped with layers of softer cheeses, such as Brie and Camembert.

This type of wedding cake can look very striking when surrounded by fruits and flowers and is the perfect alternative for brides and grooms who do not like sweet cakes.

Weird and wacky

Some people want something completely off the wall for their big day; a cake that people will talk about indefinitely. Some ideas include:

A full-size model of the bride

A tiered cake which splits into separate platforms featuring the bride and groom engaged in a gunfight with each other

A cake that has a fish tank incorporated into it

A four pixelated Mario Brothers featured cake

A model of a wedding dress, complete with the living bride inside

These are extreme examples. But if you’ve got the cash to spend, why not invest in something that will be memorable? So do your research, shop around and find the perfect cake for your big day.

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