Decorating wedding cakes can be quite challenging. Whether you are planning a casual celebration or an elaborate formal reception, there are creative cake decorating ideas that can save you money and surprise your guests. You can design your cake as a garden growing to new heights, add fancy fondant flowers and red hearts, or create exquisite floral designs with decadent chocolate tiers.
Proper design and decoration can turn a simple wedding cake into a work of art. A thin layer of marzipan can be used to cover the cake. It looks fabulous for colorful cake figurines and decorations. If you want to use royal icing, place your marzipan covered cake on the turn table and then add icing onto the top of the cake. Use the palette knife to spread the icing evenly. Leave in a dry atmosphere to harden.
You may also cover your wedding cake in sugar paste. Use powdered sugar, gum arabic, water, powdered gelatin, white fat, egg whites, and liquid glucose to prepare sugar paste. Add the required amount of this ingredient into a smooth shape on a work surface. Roll it out large enough to cover the top and sides of the cake.
Wedding cakes can be decorated with fresh flowers as well. You can do a simple yet elegant design with a few flowers or you can use complete floral arrangements to go between each layer of the cake. The flowers you choose should be easy removable for the cake cutting ceremony. Prepare and frost the cake two days before the wedding reception. Buy shallow bowls to hold the arrangements. Place centerpieces between the cake layers. Use a sharp knife to cut single flowers. Cover the steams of the flowers with blossoms.
Before you start decorating the wedding cake, evaluate your budget and determine how much you are willing to spend. Fondant icing is more expensive than buttercream. Using handmade sugar-flower details, vibrant colors, and elaborate shapes will cost you more. If you want to use edible flowers, you will need a rolling pin, flower cutters, vodka, fondant, and a baby sock full of cornstarch.
Rose petals can be strewn on the cake. Daylilies, mint leaves, and pansies are edible too. You may also purchase edible pearls. These decorations are usually available in pale pink, white, yellow, and ivory. Consider decorating your wedding cake with gum paste flowers. Chocolate leaves, ruffles, and curls are impressive decorations as well.