Heart-shaped wedding cake ideas

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Heart-shaped wedding cake ideas
A heart-shaped wedding cake reflects your personality. (wedding cake with antique bride and groom figurine image by nextrecord from Fotolia.com)

In 2010, the website The Knot interviewed 21,000 newlyweds and found that the average wedding cost £18,450 in 2009. The cake cost just £363 of the total investment. The cost of your wedding cake may be small in relation to the grand total of your wedding, but it is the centrepiece of the reception. A heart-shaped wedding cake reflects the couple's personalities, whether it is a sophisticated, traditional or whimsical design.

Traditional Tiered Cake

A traditional three-tiered cake is a reliable standby in most weddings. If your budget restricts a lavish fondant cake, a tiered cake with a butter cream frosting is a good and inexpensive alternative. The first two or three layers usually appear stacked directly on top of each other, with the last layer raised on pillars. You might choose artificial flowers as borders on the cake. Or, you might choose inexpensive cut flowers, such as carnations or daisies, as cake decor. If you want to go the traditional route, have your cake topper appear traditional as well. Use a relative's old cake topper as a tribute to longevity and tradition.

Groom's Cake

The groom's cake has murky origins but began appearing in early American ceremonies. It is almost always a darker type of cake to complement the light colour of the wedding cake. Decorate a heart-shaped groom's cake in a tuxedo design for a classy look. A rich, dark fondant covering with shaped buttons, bow-tie and shirt collar give it a realistic appearance. For a more individual approach, decorate the cake with flames, a golf theme or with fruit to add some colour. The cake itself might be a dark chocolate or a spiced chocolate flavour if you have a fall wedding.

Whimsical Fancy

Whimsical weddings with bright colours and bold themes call for equally artistic cakes. Curved bottoms such as commas give heart-shaped cakes a fun twist. Have the layers arranged not on top of each other but on different display plates. Have one layer positioned on its side, with another upside down on top of the largest layer, which lays flat. Or, layer three or four tiers directly on top of each other, cover them in cream-coloured fondant and decorate the cake in pink and red hearts. Dots, paisleys and scrolls give the cake an unconventional but pleasing look. Another display option is to have each layer positioned on its side in a stairway formation on individual tiers.

Elegant Hearts

Elegant and sophisticated heart cakes are sleek with little clutter. A simple tiered cake with a white frosting or fondant with a string of artificial jewels at the base looks rich. Top it with roses or another flower such as chrysanthemums to complete the look. Sophisticated cakes might have a more complex design but employ only one colour of fondant or frosting. One example of this style is a white, multitiered cake with an elegant topper that depicts a couple in an embrace. The bride's dress flows in the form of rippled fondant down the layers with strands of artificial pearls and small flowers as accents.

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