Wonderful wedding cakes
Wedding cakes from exquisite to exotic
Cupcake tower...rose water, vanilla & hazelnut cupcakes with a chocolate mud ceremonial cake. Designed and made by Faye Cahill. Photo: Dean Bentick
Wedding cakes have come a long way from the fruit cake encased in impenetrable white icing, with couples now spending hundreds or even thousands on personalised cakes.
"We see loads of unusual cakes, around 50 per cent of our wedding cake orders would be custom made," says Paris Cutler, owner of Sydney based cake-making company - Planet Cake.
"I think (people) are very selective with what they spend their money on and they will probably pick things like the dress, the cake and a couple of other elements that they will really invest in to create the major wow factor."
And there is no better way to create "wow factor" than with a 1.5 metre cake.
"When you walk into a venue and you see a cake of that size it is a serious impact. Also, the opportunity of constructing something that big is so exciting from a technical point of view," Cutler says.
For a cake that big you are looking at around 100kg of cake and a starting price of $1800.
When it comes to personalising the cake there really is no limit to what you can do.
"Technically we can do anything, I think the most challenging thing is when people don't know what they want," Cutler says.
While most people just want to personalise the figurines on their cake others want to personalise the whole cake.
"(Pop star) Guy Sebastian ordered a 3D guitar with him on top of the guitar as a figurine playing the piano, and his partner at the end of the guitar neck singing," Cutler says.
Planet Cake, which designed wedding cakes for Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's wedding and Celine Dion's 40th birthday, has also catered for some unusual weddings.
"There has been a few weddings that have been kind of goth inspired there always really fun," Cutler says.
"We have done a cake covered with bones, cakes with gothic inspired figurines on top, we have done skulls (and) Twilight type of cakes.
"(But) the main thing for people would be the figurines and how they are represented in the figurines. We will have someone in a nurse's outfit and him in a fireman's costume (or) they might have children (or) animals they want to introduce."
It is the inside that counts, with white chocolate chip and praline cake being one of Planet Cake's best sellers.
"Fruitcake only makes up about five per cent of the cakes we sell," Cutler says.
How to choose the perfect wedding cake
* Choose a cake that matches your venue. If your venue is a ballroom then a big tall cake could work well but if it is small and intimate, a more modest creation might be better.
* Pick a cake that works with the height of the bride and groom. You don't want to be disappearing behind a towering cake but at the same time you don't want to be looming over a tiny one.
* Before deciding on the type of cake you want, check if the venue has adequate refrigeration facilities. A massive cake will need a very big fridge.