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Cake Ideas for a Summer Wedding

A variety of options for this season makes it easy to find a cake that matches your personality

By Glyn Sheridan

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Summer is the most popular season for getting married, and it's easy to see why: The days are long and warm, and the landscape provides a lush backdrop with green foliage and colorful blooms. The summer bride may choose from a wide selection of cake designs and flavors at this time of year. Whatever the choice, though, a wedding cake should embody the bride's own sense of style, while reflecting the elements of the season. Traditionally, a summer wedding cake consists of fillings and icings that will tolerate the heat of a summer day.

Floral designs

Summer wedding cakes are stunning with sugar facsimiles of the flowers found in the bride's bouquet, but brides also enjoy the look of fresh flowers on their cakes. This time of year, a vast array of flowers to choose from including hydrangeas, sunflowers and even wildflowers.

Match the theme

Match the wedding cake design to the theme of the wedding. Outdoor weddings are popular in the summer, and a beach wedding cake may include seashells, starfish and sand dollars handcrafted from edible sugar. Weddings that take place near Independence Day may feature a patriotic theme with red, white and blue design elements.

Colors

Pure white base icing is the conventional color for a summer wedding cake, accompanied by bold, bright accent colors that mimic those found in the summer landscape. Feel free to switch the base and accent colors, icing the cake in rich hues and adding white icing accents. If you don't sugar flower accents on the cake, choose other design elements, such as butterflies or bees and have the cake decorator create them in any color. Yellows, golds, reds and greens spice up the summer wedding cake. For color ideas, take a drive through the countryside and photograph the colors you see.

Flavors

Fruit fillings made from fresh summer fruit, including blueberry, strawberry, lemon and orange, are seasonal choices, but custard or chocolate fillings also fit the bill. Suitable cake flavors include lemon, strawberry, champagne, almond, sour cream, coconut and pink lemonade. For cakes that will sit outdoors on a hot day, choose icing carefully to keep the it from wilting or melting. Avoid fondant icing unless your reception will be in an indoor, air-conditioned room. Fondant, a pliable, rolled icing, is satiny smooth and elegant, but in temperatures above 85 degrees, it may form tiny droplets of moisture on the surface. Accent elements, made from sugar paste, pastillage, white or tinted chocolate, royal icing and piped buttercream hold up well on a summer cake.

Keeping cost down

Professionally decorated cakes are expensive, so order only what you need and ask the decorator to ice "dummy" layers if you want a tall, tiered cake.Choose the cake size by the number guests who will attend the reception and try to keep you guest list as small as possible.

About the Author

Glyn Sheridan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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