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If the color is bold, keep the shape simple; if the design is creative, keep the colors soft and consistent.

Wedding Cakes: A Guide to Cake Shapes

When it comes to choosing the right cake shape, it's imperative to keep your wedding style in mind. Here, the most common cake shapes and decorating tips for the taking.

Round

While some might think the shape a little plain, the simplicity of a round cake provides the perfect backdrop for interesting textures and colors.
Decorating tips for the taking: There's no need to hold back on decor with a round cake. Stunning ideas: an allover quilted or pleated pattern; embossed fondant in the shape of your wedding day motif or monogram; or a colorful cascade of sugar flowers.

Square

A square cake is the modern alternative to a round cake -- perfect for couples looking for something different but not too over-the-top.
Decorating tips for the taking: Play up the shape as little or as much as you want. Soften the hard edges with elegant touches like sugar flowers, pastel colors, and paper-thin embellishments. Or, emphasize the shape by outlining each tier in ribbon.

Petal

Often referred to as "scalloped," this shape has a flowerlike appearance. Play up the petal shape for a garden wedding, or use the shape on the bottom tier of a round cake to add interest.
Decorating tips for the taking: To keep the cake from looking too bold, go light with the add-ons to complement and draw attention to the unique shape. We love a white-on-white cake with a burst of colorful sugar flowers to top it off.


Hexagonal

This six-sided wonder is the creative answer to a modern square cake. With such a striking appearance, you'll want to keep the adornment clean and simple -- the shape itself brings a lot to the table even without any decoration.
Decorating tips for the taking: Outline each tier in buttercream pearls, accent with fresh or sugar paste green cymbidium orchids, or keep it completely free of decor, save an heirloom or flower cake topper.


Topsy-turvy

This shape has serious attitude. While it's sure to make a bold statement at your wedding, consider the overall style of the day -- it's perfect for a funky loft or restaurant, but won't work as well in an elegant ballroom or country club.
Decorating tips for the taking: Stray from anything traditional like flowers, and play up the unique design with plenty of funky add-ons and bold colors. We recommend diamond fondant cut-outs in a bold mix of colors.

Round Cake: Jonathan Canlas Photography; Square Cake: Janis Foley Photography; Petal Cake: Francine Bove, Bove Pastries Inc.; Hexagonal Cake: Hampton Kennedy Photography; Topsy-turvy Cake: Carol Lundeen Photography

-- Joanna Saltz

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