Bakery experts from around town all agree that the
biggest trend in wedding cakes these days involves fresh flowers and
simplicity. Some of the influence on cakes has come from Martha
Stewart, yet others have their own creative ideas. If there is one
thing that is definitely passé, its the popular fountain with
At Bay Bakery in Whitefish Bay, Jenny Ingram said
owner Dany Olier sometimes takes a slightly different approach for
some weddings. Bay Bakery features the "Caroline"
pronounced caro leen a number of mini-éclairs stacked in the
shape of a pyramid. A hot sugar mixture is drizzled over the Caroline
in a free-form to set it. Often as high as two and a half feet, the
delicious and unique dessert takes on the shape resembling a Christmas
tree, said Ingram. Its especially popular for more casual
When couples go the traditional route, Ingram has
seen a switch to fresh flowers, especially unusual tropical flowers.
Todays cakes are also foregoing the bride and groom cake toppers,
pillars and stairs from eras past, said Ingram. Most cakes are stacked
all in one, with flowers adding to the simplistic and elegant design.
of Bay Bakery displays a French wedding cake called a
Croquembouche. The word croquemboche describes the puff being
eaten and the hard caramel breaking in your mouth.
Of the many unique ideas Mila Kofman, owner of Milas
European Bakery in Thiensville, has seen throughout her 20 plus years
of making wedding cakes, one that stands out was decorated in a Texas
cowboy theme complete with boots and hats. Another couple had been
saving for a car, and when they finally purchased it, it was a big
event perhaps as big an event as getting married. The couple found
a miniature of their new car for the top of the cake and then asked
Kofman to make a cascading road going along the side of the cake. To
make it complete, a small road sign was added to the bottom of the
cake where the road began, stating: "The Road to Happiness."
For a 50th Wedding Anniversary cake, Kofman said a
couple chose to have their original bridal picture on the top. Added
to the overall display was the couples very well-preserved wedding
dress and tuxedo plus, shoes from their wedding five decades ago.
Like other bakeries, Milas European Bakery also
confirms the fact that simple and elegant with fresh flowers is the
trend. Kofman wants to remind everyone that regardless of how the cake
is decorated, guests will likely remember the taste, and to Kofman,
flavor is the most important factor in a successful wedding cake.
After 35 years in the business, Diane Czernicki,
owner of Delicately Delicious in Grafton, has also seen trends come
and go in wedding cakes. While some brides still request the little
plastic bridges, Czernicki tries to at least steer them away from the
little plastic bridesmaids (whose facial expressions and hairstyles
havent changed in 40 years). She recommends placing fresh flowers
on the bridges steps, instead.
Czernicki admits that specializing in wedding cakes
brings her joy and personal fulfillment. "I can express myself
through the cakes, they are like works of art to me," she added.
She also enjoys giving her customers the opportunity to express
themselves, too. "Everyone has their own character, thats why
I let them customize their own cake."
Bunkelman-Keeling of Golden Gourmet said that fresh flowers on
top of wedding cakes has become a popular choice amongst
One wedding cake she created was called a
"jewel cake." The entire cake was designed and cut out to
look like a crown and the top was decked out in "jewels," of
course. She designed another cake to include a bride and groom on top
and off on a side step, a miniature black lab. One couple had a
baseball cake theme because they had met at a ballgame. Another cake
included butter creme flowers, fresh fruit and fresh flowers.
Overall, Czernicki agrees, todays wedding cake
toppers are simple and elegant and overall, another way for a couple
to express their uniqueness.
Nancy Bunkelman-Keeling, owner of Golden Gourmet
Wedding Cakes in the Lake Country area, loves requests for unique
cakes and cake toppers. In fact, she refers to herself and those who
work for her as "artisans" who never create the same cake
twice. "We enjoy testing our limits," she laughed. One of
the most recent unusual cake toppers developed out of a frog-themed
cake. A bride and groom frog, lovingly perched on a water lily, were
placed atop a cake resembling a pond, as a waterfall spilled out below
Keeling also created a "Whimsical Cake"
covered in bright colors and made to tilt on purpose. "Weve
found that everything in weddings are usually so elegant and formal
that couples are beginning to use the wedding cake as a way to express
their fun and creativity," said Bunkelman-Keeling. Another unique
wedding cake and topper grew out of a brides mothers idea to
decorate the tables at the reception with hatboxes. So, with the help
of homemade rolled fondant (which tastes like almonds) Bunkelman-Keeling
was able to make each layer of cake to look like a different hatbox.
The top was a miniature hatbox with a cover, complete with a rope
handle. The inside of the top hatbox was filled with fresh flowers.
What Bunkelman-Keeling likes most about working with rolled fondant is
that it provides a wonderfully clean pallet that can even be
hand-painted on. With a huge variety of cake pans offering different
shapes, the imagination is the only limit of the cake todays bridal
couple can request from Golden Gourmet Wedding Cakes.
Should you ever be involved in the purchase of a
wedding cake, do your homework, talk to the experts, and take note of
the trends, but at the same time, dont be afraid to start a new
trend of your own!