It seems odd to be thinking about wedding cakes at this time of year, but now is the time that spring brides are beginning to hustle. Even brides with the luxury of having a planner at their disposal are super busy during this time, so just imagine the plight of the DIY-er! I have first-hand experience being a DIY bride, and also being the helper of many. It's hard work but rewarding, especially if you are the creative control freak type. (Ahem. Not that I'd know anything about that!)
The folks at HGTV asked me to create three wedding cakes using bakery-bought (or heck, even grocery store-bought!) white cakes that are easy enough for DIY-ers to achieve. There are so many photo ops and memories tied to a wedding cake that it's something I take quite seriously. Of course they needed to be beautiful, but also current. I decided upon three trends that I've been seeing on wedding-centric websites and blogs.
Watercolor Geode Cake: 2016 was the year that the geode cake exploded on the internet, and I have been a fan of the aesthetic from day one! This cake employs a very simple frosting technique using different colors of buttercream and natural crystal geodes for cake toppers.
Fruit, Floral and Gold Leaf Cake: The application of gold leaf to a cake instantly dresses it up and it's an easy (and speedy!) task. Here it's been sparsely applied to buttercream. The effect is subtle but sooo shimmery! Using in-season fruit and pretty (nontoxic!) greenery really makes this cake both simple and stunning.
There's a gallery on HGTV.com filled with pictures and complete how-to instructions for all three cakes, and you can find it at the following link!