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Classic white cakes - almost!

The biggest lesson we learnt from planning a wedding is that a white dressis never just a white dress. Similarly, a rose isn't just a rose - a venue is not just a venue, and so on. When it comes to settling on anything to do with your wedding, the devil really is in the detail!

While a white cake may seem like the traditional, boring choice, it's also a timeless classic - with good reason!

Regardless of your color scheme, a white cake will always tie in, and it will look more elegant and classier than a multicolored creation.

But why is the white cake so traditional? Once upon a time, it wasn't easy to get your hands on refined sugar and the whitest of white icing needs the finest refined sugar. This meant that whiter the cake, the wealthier the family was.

When the ultimate wedding baller Queen Victoria (her name crops up a lot in wedding history) married Prince Albert, the white icing on her cake became known as Royal Icing and was used to hold the sugar paste models on top of the cake without the cake collapsing.

Now to the cakes... For this detailed four-tier cake, Cove Cake Design looked to Naeem Khan's collection - and took cues from the delicate appliqué flowers that feature along the bodice of the gown. This is a motif that could be carried through your whole wedding - from stationery to décor and yes, even your cake!

You can embrace the latest trends with your wedding cake. We adore the ruffled texture on this wedding cake by the The Wedding Cake Boutique, topped off with extra large sugar peony roses that are super cute! White is boring - we would strongly disagree!

This pure white wedding cake by The Cake Whisperer has it all - in four stunning tiers. A fondant icing peony, a rose-textured bottom layer, a delicated striped second layer and, at the top, pin-prick textured polka dots. Too good to eat? Oh, we're sure you'd have a go... but one thing's for sure: this is most definitely not your Mom's wedding cake!

Current trends towards rustic weddings have really bled into wedding cakes, in the form of beautiful, fresh fllowers on your simple two- or three-tier cake. Like so many aspects of your wedding, you can choose to go as OTT or as subtle as you choose - we love Lara Stuckey's take on this trend, with a clean, two-tiered iced cake and a simple bloom.

One Orange County-based couple called in a lot of favors for their largely DIY wedding - check out those cake stands (above), made by the groom from old tree trunks! Their cake trio they wisely left to the experts at King's Hawaiian Bakery, opting for classic white tiers with textured icing, and the addition of randomly placed flowers and foliage for a very earthy feel.

You can still break the rules with a white wedding cake and transform it from a blank canvas to a masterpiece (that tastes as good as it looks). We love Mina Bakalova's work on this three-tier cake. She says the r osettes took hours of crafting, with a little help from her mother - we love their passion for cakes!

Let your imagination run wild when dreaming up your white wedding cake - well perhaps not that wild!


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