Over the Top Cakes: Trendy Cake Toppers in Metallic Tones
(from left to right) Lush Layers
This showstopper is nothing short of g-l-a-m. Full of texture you want to reach out and touch (*ahem,* but probably shouldn’t), the tea-stained ombré effect ties each playful layer together. “I achieved all of the color results by hand-brushing different luster dusts onto the ruffles,” says Tamara Mugerauer, owner of Tamara’s the Cake Guru. Although the bold flowers at the base appear to be vintage pins sweeping up an organza sash, each is handmade of sugar. Under the fondant lies layers of pink champagne cake with strawberries and buttercream, completing the decadence. A glittering gold topper spells out the joy the day brings.
Tamara’s the Cake Guru, Oshkosh, Topper ($45) from Tamara’s the Cake Guru
These thin layers of buttercream were the Cake Lady’s most in-demand request last year, continuing to lead the way in 2016. This minimalist design is whimsical yet modern. It makes sense that their most popular style would be paired with their most desired flavor combination: vanilla chiffon cake filled with raspberry preserves, homemade lemon curd and vanilla buttercream. As for the edible bouquet? “Couples are always very interested in sugar flowers versus real flowers,” says owner Karen Smith. “They’re an awesome detail to add to any wedding cake.”
The Cake Lady, St. Francis, Topper ($22) from Leanne Madeline Boutique, etsy.com
Pretty in Paisley
At Regina’s Bay Bakery, “we think simple is better,” says owner Megan Rodriguez. She explains that the choice to decorate in one solid color keeps this three-tier cake elegant and understated. Raised dots of frosting dance along each layer like pearl beads on wedding lace. The repeating pattern lends balance and harmony throughout the classic butter cake. Filled and frosted with light lemon buttercream, this dessert is refreshingly fun and ideal for featuring a focal topper.
Regina’s Bay Bakery, Whitefish Bay, Topper ($25) from Chicago Factory, etsy.com
Skirting the Issue
Look out brides—there may be a new Best Dressed contender on your big day. This airy base, reminiscent of a ball gown, is fit for a princess and topped with the phrase to end all fairytales. Tied at the “waist” with a pale pink sash as smooth as silk, you can see the feminine silhouette take shape. “The inspiration for this cake is the soft and romantic style of today’s wedding dress trends,” says Eat Cake! owner Debbie Pagel. “A clean top layer separated with a band of color for contrast and the bottom textured with petals (each cut and ruffled by hand) creates that romantic feel. The inside is a delicious white butter cake with layers of lemon curd and raspberry buttercream filling.”
Eat Cake!, Milwaukee, Topper ($24) from Kate Aspen