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Popular Bohemian Style Wedding Cake Trends for 2018

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What’s trending for wedding cakes for 2018?  With so many ideas available when designing your wedding, couples can truly express their individuality and personalities through their choices.

At Sugar Dreams we look forward to helping you with a fresh wedding cake design that suits your style.

This year will see brides leaning away from the last few years of rustic wedding themes and towards Bohemian themes with a more refined, elegant feel while still natural and perhaps just a little rough around the edges.  The Bohemian style theme also lends itself to bolder colour choices.

1.  Refined Semi-Naked Drip Cakes

Naked cakes will continue to be popular but picture sleeker, more precise edges with a clean semi-naked buttercream finish and strategically placed “drips”.

Rosie Shaw Cake Company

Rosie Shaw Cake Company

Don't Tell Charles

Don’t Tell Charles

Rosie's Dessert Spot

Rosie’s Dessert Spot

2.  Bold Colours

Think black or deep burgandy.  This is very bold in a cake design but the strikingness can pair well with a bohemian style theme.

Tortik Annushka

Tortik Annushka

Pretty Please Bake Shop

Pretty Please Bake Shop

Bellaria Cakes Designs

Bellaria Cakes Designs

3. Handpainted Gold Accents

Gold accents can go hand in hand with either the refined semi-naked cake or a bold coloured cake design.  It adds elegance to a cake, whilst the handpainting softens any harshness of the gold and continues with a bohemian style feel.


Adixions Cakes and Chocolates

Adixions Cakes and Chocolates

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Why Pinterest is a must for Wedding Planning

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If you’re planning a wedding or event and your not using Pinterest you really should be!
Who doesn’t do their research online these days?  Pinterest is a great way to keep all of your research together by pinning pictures, and it makes things so easy to find again.  It’s also a good way to compare all the wedding cakes you like side be side to narrow down the decision making.

Don’t forget you can also share your Pinterest board with others such as your bridesmaids, wedding planning, decorator and cake designer.

 As a cake designer it can be extremely beneficial to not only see a picture or two of a wedding cake s bride is after but also seeing all the pictures a bride is using as inspiration for her wedding.  Then your wedding cake designer can take the cake (or cakes) that you like and customise the just for you and your wedding.

A truly unique and personal wedding cake.

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3 Hot Tips for Designing your Wedding Cake

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Ideas for wedding cake designs are truly endless.  You’ve probably done a search for wedding cake pictures online before so you’ll know what I mean.

What is most important when choosing your design?  Here are some tips from my personal experiences.

1.  Tie your wedding cake design in with your wedding theme

Maybe you have a strong theme to your wedding, like a beach, hearts or all white theme.  Or maybe you don’t feel like you really have a theme but more of a feel, like romantic.  Either way try to choose a wedding cake that will “belong” to your wedding.

When your guests walk into your reception venue your wedding cake should stand out as a gorgeous centrepiece and not beacause it looks out of place.

Don’t choose a design “just cause you really like it” if it doesn’t go with anything else.

If you find a cake you really like talk to your cake designer about making it your own and adjusting it to suit your table and reception decor, flowers, colours, wedding dress…  Give your cake designer a clear vision of your wedding.

2.  Aim for some wow factor!

Your wedding cake truly can be any amazing centrepiece to complete your wedding, and something your guests talk about for years to come!

So many brides say they want something “simple”.  Do they mean simple and elegant, or simple and plain, or not fussy and covered with old-fashioned piping?  Or is it a budget issue?

Spend some time looking at cake pictures and considering the effect you would like your wedding cake to have on your special day.

Consider more than plain icing and ribbon around each tier, you won’t regret it!

If budget is an issue be upfront about this to your cake designer.  Give them your ultimate cake design ideas and your budget and ask how much of your design can be fitted within your budget.

3.  Why not 4 tiers?

Tall cakes look elegant and are more balanced in large reception rooms.

If you look up cake pictures online, many of them are 4 tier cakes.  However many brides request 3 tier cakes.

If you are having over 80 guests at your wedding and are serving your cake as dessert you should consider a 4 tier cake.

Talk with your cake designer about your options and don’t just assume it will be more expensive.

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Tips for choose your wedding cake flavour

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Gone are the days when wedding cakes were all fruit cake. In fact I seldom get requests for fruit cakes and only make around 1-2 a year.

Most wedding cakes these days are chocolate mud, and who doesn’t love a nice piece of mud cake – I know I do! But there are other options, and if you are serving your wedding cake as your dessert on your wedding day you should consider what flavour cake you want to offer your guests for dessert. And you should absolutely have a cake tasting before choosing your wedding cake designer.

Along with your standard chocolate mud cake you can get white chocolate mud cake and caramel mud cake. I also offer a range of premium mud cakes, like my chocolate mud cake filled with a delectable chocolate raspberry ganache made with fresh raspberries. I also have an extremely popular hazelnut and honey mud cake.

But what if you don’t want to serve such a heavy dessert? I have had customers say they don’t really want mud cake but you can’t have anything else. Well of course you can!

Yes fruit cake was used for weddings back in the day for its keeping time (and they didn’t have mud cake!). Once iced with fondant (or in the old days almond marzipan) it would last forever while intricate designs were piped on. These traditional heavily piped wedding cake designs are no longer in fashion and a wedding cake designer will not spend more than 3 or 4 days decorating and finishing your wedding cake after it is baked. That being said, many wedding cake designs can be completed within 1 to 2 days after being baked.

While mud cake has a longer keeping time than lighter cakes, it is not the only option for your wedding cake. If you want a lighter cake flavour discuss this with your wedding cake designer and see if your wedding cake design will allow for baking your cake only a couple of days before your wedding.

A cake I personally love for wedding cakes is my Italian cream cake (no cream in it, not sure why its called that). It is light but buttery and rich, flavoured with coconut and pecans – truly delicious. It is also very moist and does not go stale quickly.

Italian Cream Cake Noosa

Your favourite cake is banana cake you say. I’m actually making a banana wedding cake this week!

The only limitation in choosing your wedding cake flavour is that it must be stable (or safe) out of the fridge as it will be on display for quite some hours before serving. So unfortunately no fresh cream or fruit mousses or the likes.

There are many options for giving you the wedding cake flavour you desire, so don’t compromise, and don’t serve your wedding guests a dessert you’re not happy with.

Please take a look at my cake flavours page for inspiration.

Happy wedding planning!

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