Post # 1
So…long story short: My super fiance loves to EAT cake, so he wanted to be in on choosing cake and frosting flavor — that was fine with me. My understanding was that was all he wanted and what it looked like was all up to me….but then we got there and he started looking at her pictures of every cake she has done for the past 30 years. He turned into a groomzilla! So he ended up with a cake similar to this (without the people, WITH RED FROSTING FLOWERS!!!!!)
So, after asking me in a really excited voice if I was excited about the cake and not getting an excited answer (I can fake a lot, but I couldn’t fake that level of excitement!) he realized that I did not love the cake as much as he did (his words: “It is going to be the fanciest cake I’ve ever seen at a wedding” big smile on face). My suggestion was maybe we could do two cakes….that could be fun! He got super offended, told me to do whatever I wanted 🙁 That was not what I wanted……SOOOOO…. I am trying to come up with something that meets his idea of super-fancy (i.e. the fountain, pillars and stairs stay) but that I don’t hate (red frosting flowers) and that I maybe even like…. 🙂
So……with the basic layout in the picture….we must have:
– lots of frosting (no fondant)
– no ribbon (I love some of those, he doesn’t)
– will have red mokara orchids and maybe white dendrobium orchids, could also have white daisies available
I’m trying to think of it as a two-tier cake and think of how that could look….and there would just be several of them with strange connections and some pillars 😉 The decor is black table clothes, black on white damask table runners, submerged orchids in tall vases and bunches of daisies….don’t have the orchids, but here is a “trial run” with other random flowers…
This seems like a lot of stuff….just trying to give the feel of the rest of the reception….
Post # 3
So what I would probably do is, find a great cake stand that is “fancy” and gives the cake some height.
and have a flowers arrangement on the table around the stand
You cound also have spacers between the layers with flowers around them like
Or you could go for an octagonal cake shape to make it more unique and have an all over piped pattern to make it more elaborate and maybe a monogram cake topper too.
You could even have two small cakes on each side of different flavors.
Post # 4
@Zusie: I definitely like your ideas 🙂 But…..I know it is the fontains, columns, etc, that makes my fiance love this style of cake, so I am going to stick within that framework and try to make myself love the cakes that are on the columns,above the fountain, etc…. 😉
Post # 5
So his idea of a wedding cake is to impress the people at the wedding! Hope the cake isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg to create….
Post # 6
Would something like this work? Not that design necessarily, but the cascading tiers?
Post # 7
Bless his heart, he wants a fancy wedding cake. Kudos to you for letting him have it. You could do clear acrylic pilars with orchids in them to tie into the look on the tables. That might have the wow factor he wants, then the cake can be more to your style.
Post # 8
@happyface: He thinks this is the greatest cake ever – really, he isn’t trying to impress anyone, he just thinks it is the fanciest cake he’s ever seen at a wedding, lol! She charges by the servings…..not the design at all. So we are paying $240 for a 300 serving cake no matter what it looks like or which “accessories” are used — she’ll use fresh flowers I provide or the frosting flowers he asked for, all the same price. She is very good and is in demand and her cakes taste amazing – she has been doing it for over 30 years to make a little money, but mostly just because she enjoys it. It is one of those nice to live in a small town things 🙂
Post # 9
Maybe keeping the traditional tiers, but having the actually cake design more contemporary?
Post # 11
@78science: wow you got a good deal there. I am serving only 100 and it cost at least $500 for basic design!!!
Post # 12
In your case, I would maybe suggest letting him have his cake, with one exception: the red roses!
Red icing is a nightmare. Most red dyes are bitter and even though they make “no taste red” it takes so much dye to get a deep red it stains everything and is not worth it (in my opinion).
I would tell him you are so excited that he is excited about the cake, but you really don’t want red roses. I think white on white, or white on ivory would look nice and classic. Maybe it would help to think of the cake as delightfully retro.
If he wants a pop of red, I would suggest scattering rose petals on the table or have red flower arrangements on the table. It will be that pop of color, but no one will have to eat it.
One way to keep a slightly modern look, but include the columns and stairs would to get plain iced cakes with a simple bead border and to fresh flowers on each tier. I bet you could convince him that this is even fancier!
Post # 13
@ieatunicorns: Oooh I like this one with the columns.
Post # 14
Okay, I guess I would just let him have it… it’s his wedding too.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
That cake frightens me. It’s totally 80s and early 90s and unnecessary. Sounds like he fell in love with that cake as a child and cannot let go!
Post # 16
The fountain, pillars and stairs arent really considered “Fancy” anymore they are very 1980s… Just tell him its really old fashioned and show him some more modern looking ones.. there are so many pictures of wedding akes if you google it.