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Fall Weddings: Fall-Inspired Cakes

Here are 5 ways to make your wedding cake match your fall wedding season.

Photo: Sage Li Photography

Fall Wedding Cake Flavors

Make the most of the season by picking cakes with distinct fall flavors. Instead of traditional white cake, consider a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting or a spice cake with blackberry filling and cream cheese frosting. For a lighter cake that will still remind guests of fall, go for an almond lemon cake with lemon frosting and filling.

Fall Wedding Colors

Color counts when you're designing a fall-inspired cake, and you can't go wrong with a wedding color palette of burnt orange, brown, yellow, and red. That said, it's easy to go overboard with common fall wedding colors -- add just a hint of fall color with a simple chocolate ganache or an ivory buttercream cake trimmed with orange or yellow. Or let the fall colors pop with an ivory cake covered in burnt orange, brown, yellow, and red sugar maple leaves.

You don't have to go over-the-top with add-ons to get an autumnal look.

Fall Wedding Flowers

Match your cake to your bouquet by asking your baker to create sugar versions of your fall wedding flowers. For a modern wedding, ask your baker to create a few large graphic sugar dahlias for your cake tiers. If you're going for a more classic style, find out whether your baker can "paint" small sunflowers on your cake using an edible dye.

Fall Wedding Cake Shapes and Add-ons

Decorating with maple leaves, acorns, and other fall-inspired elements made out of chocolate, sugar, or gum paste is one way to create a clearly seasonal cake. But you don't have to go over-the-top with these add-ons to get an autumnal look. Instead of brightly colored fall leaf shapes, consider a chocolate cake with molded-chocolate acorns or leaves. The tone-on-tone look will have the same effect with a more discrete style.

Choose Sides

Whether you've already picked a cake design, or you've decided to take your cake in a not-so-seasonal direction, consider adding a side to serve with your cake to mimic the season. Serve cake à la mode with pumpkin ice cream; add a handful of caramel candies to each plate; or serve each slice with warm poached pears. Find a wedding caterer to make them.

-- Anja Winikka

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