Wedding cakes are becoming equally as important as the dress and venue. If you want an elegant but memorable one than you need to know how these ideas on how to use ribbon for wedding cakes.
There are a number of fantastic ideas on how to use ribbon for wedding cakes the question is which is the right one for you? All you need to do is figure out exactly what type of style you are going for with the cake itself. You can get round cakes, square cakes, tiered cakes and even themed cakes. The world is your oyster when it comes to your selection. In most cases it is better to use ribbon in conjunction with a more classic style. It will add that sense of sophistication and elegance to complement your wedding day.
One of the most popular designs with wedding cakes at the moment is black and white. This is a simple yet beautiful way to combine the ribbon. The best way to go about using the ribbon is to have your cake completely frosted in either white or black icing. From here you should choose a ribbon (preferably lace) of the opposite colour. This ribbon can then be placed around the edge of the cake to give it that sophisticated look. In some cases lace ribbon is also being used with cupcake designs. Cupcakes are also a trendy choice for weddings, the cupcake itself can be wrapped in the ribbon and will look absolutely gorgeous sitting on top of a cake stand. They are a popular choice because each guest will be able to have their very own cupcake, rather than having to wait around for a slice of cake to be cut for them.
Bows are another trend that can be found when using ribbon for wedding cakes. Again the ribbon is normally in a different colour to that of the frosting. It is simply placed around the bottom of each tier on the cake. Depending on your preference you can include a delicate bow on each tier, or have a massive one that stands out on the very top. Traditionally the ribbon will be placed around the bottom of the tier, but nowadays it is being wrapped around the middle, down the sides and used in a number of different ways. At the end of the day, it is only there to enhance the cake and make the decorations on it pop. Which is why you have creative license to use a ribbon on your wedding cake in a way that you see fit.
A traditional wedding cake was frosted in white or ivory buttercream. The buttercream icing has a softer and more genuine look than the too-perfect look of perfectly smooth fondant. (I once attended a wedding where one of the young guests insisted that the cake was fake; he could not believe that fondant was edible and not plastic!) The look of buttercream frosting harkens back to the day when the families of the bride and groom did much of the cooking for the wedding celebration. Although I don’t necessarily recommend having your mom try to make your wedding cake, working with buttercream is something that a talented amateur could conceivably do.
Classic wedding cakes were generally round, and could either consist of stacked layers or tiers with risers in between. The risers got a bad name in the 1980s, as they were often really tacky plastic things made to look like fluted columns, or worse yet, bridges spanning from one tier of cake to another adjacent to it. Yet, pedestals can be used to in a good way to add height to a cake and to give it a lighter feeling. One very nice way to use risers without the tacky factor is to partially obscure them with flowers between the layers of the cake.
The decorations on your nostalgic cake are what will really give it a charming simplicity. White on white is best, perhaps with a touch of pale pink if you want a hint of color. Keep the design classic. You cannot go wrong with pretty decorations piped in white frosting. Wonderful choices include garlands, scrolls, and Swiss dots. The pearl is another lovely addition to a vintage inspired cake, as it really ties in with the classic bridal jewelry favored by brides throughout the ages. You can have a simple pearl border piped along the edge of each tier, which looks beautiful when the bride is wearing pearl bridal jewelry.
Another nice choice for cake decorations would be fresh flowers. They can be arranged in small clusters on the base of each tier, cascading down one side of the cake, or as filling between layers if your cake has risers. Ask your florist to bring some additional flowers to place around the base of the cake, as well as some petals to sprinkle on the cake table. Roses are a timeless flower to use; even more vintage would be orange blossoms. Choose cake flowers that tie in with your bouquets and centerpieces. One of the nice things about decorating your cake with real flowers is that it is considerably less expensive than having the baker create handmade sugar flowers.
A nostalgic wedding cake should definitely have a vintage cake topper. The best of all would be if the bride or groom’s parents saved their cake topper for you to use. Otherwise, look around at vintage stores and online for wedding cake toppers with a sentimental design. You cannot go wrong with an original bride and groom topper. Other popular choices from the past are wedding bells and doves.
Your wedding cake should be special, but it does not have to be cutting edge or extravagant. Create a cake with a nod to the past for a dessert that will have both beauty and simplicity. A nostalgic wedding cake is the perfect sweet ending to your special day.