Best for the bride who loves tradition.
Why We Love It: Classic and timeless, an all-white wedding cake is always in style. But 2020 brides can customize the all-white look with a number of textures and icing designs, as well as decorative accents, says Amy Bloodworth, co-owner of Amycakes Bakery (1108 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-831-6095). “More than 75 percent of all the wedding cakes we do are all white, but that doesn’t mean they all look the same,” she says. “My favorite look is an all-white cake with fresh flowers. It’s a way to incorporate your wedding colors without sacrificing flavor.” Completely white cakes are able to withstand a number of reception conditions. With all the icing white and no competing colors, any weeping icing or condensation is muted in appearance, even on a hot day. White cakes can also be easily dressed up by adding ribbons or fresh fruit, says Misty Stearman, head cake decorator at Hy-Vee (Hy-Vee.com). “Another way to make your cake stand out is to use pearl ice, which is an airbrush that makes the icing simmer when the light hits it.”
Best for a bride who wants a little extra sparkle.
Why We Love It: Wedding cakes dressed with 24-karat gold leaf might be the ultimate wedding day luxury. Metallic cakes with gold accents are popular, but colored icing just doesn’t compete with the real thing, says Uliana Komodi, owner and pastry chef at European Café (207 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-986-4646). “You cannot get that gold look, that shine, any other way,” she says. “It’s such a luxurious product and makes any cake more beautiful. But just a touch is such a beautiful addition. A little bit goes a long way.” Komodi uses small sheets of thin edible gold to complete the look, and when only used as an accent or detail, gold leaf can be a minimal cost to add. But it should be used by bakers with sturdy hands in a dry environment. It’s delicate to handle, but once it’s set on a cake, the gold leaf and its dramatic look stays put. “Gold is just timeless,” Komodi says.