Post # 1
FI and I are having a nanaimo bar cake. The plan is to have a three tiered square “cake” covered in dark chocolate.
Recently, out of the blue my FI has become very interested in the cake and really wants the cake to have columns between each tier. I kind of think that columns on cakes looks outdated like more 80-90’s to me. Am I wrong? Would columns look ok?
I really appreciate that he is interested in something and the nanaimo bar part was his idea a long time before we even got engaged. So should I let him have this one. Just let him pick what he wants for the cake even though I won’t necessarily like it or should I try to talk him in to other cake styles?
I added a poll on the columns being outdated or not, curious on other peoples opinions.
Post # 3
The columns are a bit of outdated, but the nanaimo bar cake is a totally new thing, so combined they may balance each other out.
Post # 5
I agree with pp. In general, I find columns a bit dated when I picture them. Not always, of course, but just when I think of it. Your cake is going to be so unique though that I don’t think it would be the “normal” column idea.
Post # 6
I wonder (just thinking out loud here…) the reason that tiers with columns isn’t everyone’s favorite is that when you put the columns in, it makes it look like you’re trying extra hard to make the cake bigger than it is…when if someone were spending an extravagent amount of money on a cake (to show off how rich they are, or something?) they would just have more tiers and a bigger cake!
ok, I typed that all out and now it looks dumb. sorry for wasting your time…
Post # 7
Personally I don’t like the look of columns but it might be okay since it isn’t a traditional cake. Any other ideas though?
Post # 8
what about a modern take on columns?? like lucite or something like that? I don’t know what your theme is but for rustic I would use something wood. I think the greek style columns DO look outdated, however if that is all you can find maybe you can fill in the gaps with flowers and have like alternating cake and flower tiers.
Just an idea! let us know how it goes!
Post # 9
Thanks for your opinions. Glad to know its not just me that thinks they look dated. I also think it will look really off since the chocolate will be dark chocolate and then white columns…
I’ll talk it over with the FI and see if I can get him to change his mind. Maybe if I can find a three tiered cake stand or something that might be a good compromise.
Post # 10
I prefer columns in cakes. I think they make it look lighter and airy.
This is the inspiration photo for a cake I made for a family friend in 2000.
I still love it.
Post # 11
In my opinion columns are dated but if you put flowers in them they could look great
Post # 12
@mrs_cameron12: My thoughts exactly. I think if you load flowers in there to hide the columns it actually looks AMAZING! Sometimes I wish we’d gone with that instead. I love huge cakes… I’m worried my stacked cake will look sad and puny LOL!
Post # 13
I’d let him have this one. It’ll look fine. 🙂
Post # 14
I thinks it’s all in how it’s done. Talk to your baker and see what suggestions they have for making columns feel more modern.
Honestly, I think it’s just the white buttercream with red sugar roses and fluffy white piping style that’s outdated–included columns just makes it worse. But doing a modern cake with columns could be really nice!
Changing it up by maybe having only the 2d layer on columns or one large central column or contrasting color columns or something very sleek.