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Ten Fresh Ways to Jazz Up a Plain-Jane Cake
By L. K. on Apr 9, 2015 at 5:00 am in
Don’t go the half-baked route if there’s no room in your cake budget for towering tiers and intricate sugar work. Although a novice or unskilled pastry artist might be willing to attempt the elaborate confection you envision at a price you can afford, the final result could be more cake wreck than cake win. Instead, opt for a plainly decorated but well-made confection and dress it up with a fun or fancy topper. Below, we share some of our favorite statement pieces for the main sweet treat. No cake wrecks here!
A bright array of lush blooms set off by a sparkly sign turn this simple confection into a showstopper. Photographer and maker Emily Steffen is the go-to girl for cake adornments that glitter. Her popular “love” topper is just the glimmering tip of the iceberg when it comes to her plethora of sparkly wares.
A kaleidoscope of edible ombré butterflies transforms a basic cake into a work of art that appears made by nature. Whether you go with gradated green, purple, or pastel wings, these intricate comestible creatures are sure to set guests’ senses aflutter. The best part? At just under $30 for a set of 40, the wafer-paper pretties are as light on your wallet as they look flitting across any sugarscape, towering or tiny.
Channel the nostalgia of childhood—and the playfulness of contemporary art—with Studio DIY’s Koonsian cake topper. All you need to make it is a brightly colored twisting balloon, an air pump, and a little bit of patience. Get the how-to here. This one looks best atop an all-white cake with clean lines or a hint of texture (as was achieved here using shredded coconut) for added interest.
Nadia Wojcik’s charming, customizable card-stock cake toppers have long been beloved by handmade brides the world round. By popular request, she’s added personalized paper pet figures to the mix. These are in their element atop solid-colored cakes with spackled buttercream frosting.
Artist Ann Wood captures the essence of the flamingo’s delicate love dance in her tropically inspired topper, carefully crafted out of hand-painted crêpe paper. Cakewalk Bake Shop’s Emily Allen, who shares how to make this lovely naked cake here, nested the long-necked nuzzlers in a bed of fresh flowers and fruit.
Featuring calligrapher Laura Hooper’s lovely lettering in laser-cut form, this painted wooden heart is as sweet as sugar.
Give your wedding cake a playfully modern touch with Host & Toast’s geometric gem cake toppers, fashioned by hand out of mirrored acrylic.
Consider a custom topper with an artful twist. To make this mini cake memorable, illustrator Joanna Bush adorned it with a small-scale recreation of Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss.
Behind—or beneath, we should say—every great cake is a great cake stand. A beautiful or interesting piece can work wonders. We love Herriott Grace’s hand-turned wood and hand-cast porcelain pedestals, which are always one-of-a-kind and come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
A heart fashioned out of fresh thyme lends an organically inviting look to a homemade cake. This was originally conceived as a Valentine’s Day project, but it would certainly feel at home in a rustic, natural wedding. Lifestyle journal Goldmine shares the tutorial here.
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Charmaine (Rustic Folk Weddings), Apr 11, 2015 at 11:48 pm
That ombre butterfly topped wedding cake looks incredible!
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