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Spring Weddings: Wedding Cake Ideas

Five ways to give your cake some springtime flair.

Photo: In His Grace Photography

Spring Flavors

Pick a wedding cake that summons a taste of spring with in-season berries and fruits. Instead of traditional buttercream filling, consider a fresh strawberry puree filling or a lemon cake with blackberry filling. If you love chocolate cake but still want a taste that reflects the season, try a chocolate cake filled with chocolate cherry ganache.

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Seasonal Colors

Color counts when designing a spring wedding cake, and you can't go wrong with a palette of preppy white, pink, and lime green or a bold and bright mix of orange and yellow. For a more subdued palette, add a hint of spring color with a simple chocolate ganache-covered cake with subtle white dots, or an ivory buttercream cake trimmed in light pink. Or let the spring colors pop with an ivory cake accented with sugar-molded butterflies or birds.

Spring Blooms

Flowers can go a long way in defining a spring theme for your wedding cake. Match your cake to your bouquet by asking your baker to create sugar versions of your wedding day flowers. If you're considering modern decor, ask your baker to make a statement with few large graphic sugar peonies on each cake tier. If you've chosen a more classic look for your wedding, find out whether your baker can paint small daisies along your cake using an edible dye.

Shapes and Add-ons

When it comes to a spring cake, flowers, butterflies, and other elements made out of chocolate, sugar, or gum paste are obvious options. But you don't have to go overboard with these add-ons to get a springtime look. Instead, consider a white cake stacked with subtle, soft white hydrangeas with just a hint of blue or green. The tone-on-tone look will up the elegant factor and still give you the same seasonal effect.

Choose Seasonal Sides

Whether you're already set on a cake design or you've decided to take your cake in a not-so-seasonal direction, consider offering a spring-inspired side with your cake. Serve cake a la mode with gourmet lavender-infused ice cream; add a handful of chocolate-covered cherries to each plate; or have your caterer present each guest a petite bowl of spring berries topped with a dollop of fresh cream.

-- Anja Winikka

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