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Taking the Cake

Sheet Cake Style

The wedding cake is an important element of your special day. It’s a focal point at your reception and will be remembered by your guests for its beauty and taste.

Wedding cake styles can range from the traditional stacked cake to a sculpted masterpiece. When choosing your perfect cake, remember to allow your personal style to show in the final design. Individual cakes

Individual mini-cakes generally look like tiny wedding cakes and are distinguishable from cupcakes.

They may be displayed on tiers but often are served on small plates placed at the guests’ tables. When serving individual cakes, you will need a bridal cake for cake-cutting pictures and for your own enjoyment.

These personal-sized wedding cakes can be decorated the same as a larger cake, including delicate piping and marzipan decorations, which can be molded into flowers and other tiny shapes and decorations.

Stacked The traditional stacked or tiered cake is one of the most recognizable wedding cake styles. The bottom layer is the widest, and each ascending layer becomes smaller. Traditionally, a stacked cake has at least three levels and each tier is round. However, five and six levels can be stacked with tiers shaped as squares or octagons for visual appeal. Stacked tiers can be set so they appear off-kilter or topsy-turvy as well. This variation can be whimsical or elegant depending on the cake’s decor. In addition, stacked cakes are a blank canvas for decoration. This style supports delicately formed sugar flowers or other decorations such as beading, ribbons or intricate scrollwork.

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