The One Fab Day Wedding Cake Style Guide

Choosing your wedding cake can be one of the most fun parts of your wedding preparations. We've already given our top tips for choosing a wedding cake, and today we're delving into the pretty side of things, with a handy guide that will help you decide on the style of cake you'd like for your wedding. Our top tip for choosing a wedding cake is to allow it to reflect you and your partner, the flavours you love, your aesthetic styles, and your personalities (a unique cake topper is a great way to do this!) But it's also important not to overthink it - the process of choosing your wedding cake should be fun! The first decision you have to make is whether to go for something traditional or modern.
Modern neon wedding cake by Caroline Goulding Wedding Cake Design | One Fab Day
  • Modern or contemporary wedding cakes are those with a modern twist on the classic wedding cake. If you like to stand out and want your cake to be remembered by your guests, then this is the way to go!
  • As well as contemporary wedding cake shapes, sizes and styles, today's couples are opting to use more unusual flavours in their wedding cakes.
  • From daring to darling, when it comes to modern wedding cakes,the options are endless! Just check out our wedding cake features here to see what we mean!

A One Fab Day Guide to Wedding Cake Styles | One Fab Day

Types of Wedding Cake Finishes

It's easy to get confused between the various different wedding cake finishes, so allow us to break it down for you!

  • Royal icing is a thick paste made from egg whites and sifted icing sugar. It's soft when piped onto the cake and then it dries to a hard finish. This is the icing that is used to create beading, latticework, flowers and other creations that need to stay firm. This icing is mostly used for decoration and not to ice the whole cake.
  • Fondant icing is the most popular icing for wedding cakes because it's so versatile. The icing is a combination of sugar, corn syrup, gelatine and glycerine. It's rolled out in sheets and then wrapped around each tier of the cake, leaving a smooth and clean finish to the cake.
  • American buttercream is also one of the most popular types of icings as it's soft and easy to cut, therefore perfect for decorations such as a basket weave, swirls, fleur-de-lis, rosettes and swags. The texture is smooth and creamy and not overly sweet. Genuine buttercream is made with real butter, so cakes iced with buttercream will need to be kept in a cool place.
  • Italian and Swiss buttercream are another two popular buttercream options for cakes, both made with meringue.
  • Cream cheese buttercream is when you add cream cheese to your buttercream to get a cream cheese buttercream blend. This type of finish compliments carrot cakes, red velvet cakes, or lemon cakes perfectly.