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Destination weddings call for smaller confections yet none the less impressive. Check out these cake ideas for intimate destination weddings that are fire!

Say yes to the awe-inspiring drip cakes!

Say yes to the awe-inspiring drip cakes!

Intimate weddings can be simple, lavish or anywhere in between but what they never miss is a cake to celebrate the happy occasion! So, when we were asked to provide some sweet inspiration to couples organizing intimate destination weddings next year, we readily agreed!

Destination weddings are generally an intimate affair with smaller cakes but a big presence! Check out our round up of cake ideas for intimate destination weddings that are seriously lit!

Drip Wedding Cake Ideas for Intimate Destination Weddings

These opulent-looking cakes make your mouth water the minute you take a look at them. With their chic and relaxed aesthetic they will add a level of temptation to your destination wedding dessert table. Starring an icing, glaze, or other topping that looks like it has been poured over the top of the cake so it drips down the sides like paint, this type of cake is both unforgettable and jaw-dropping. Go for a tall single tier or a stunning two-tier drip cake with specks of edible gold leaf.

Top them with a few natural flowers or some macarons that match the color of the sea behind you for a pop of color and joy. Or place assorted one-tiered mini drip cakes on every table—and then encourage guests to get up and mingle as they try each one.

Keep up with the latest cake trends! Pinterest-worthy geode drip cake.

Keep up with the latest cake trends! Pinterest-worthy geode drip cake.

Welcome Color into your Special Day

Color is trending and ultra fitting for intimate destination weddings! Simple or elaborate and filled with details, ombres or confetti they will become the focal point of your special day. After you, of course! Get inspired by these colorful cake ideas for intimate destination weddings!

Are you able to take your eyes off this cake? Nobody will. A masterpiece of a confection.

Are you able to take your eyes off this cake? Nobody will. A masterpiece of a confection.

Cake ideas for intimate destination weddings.

Cake ideas for intimate destination weddings.




Single Tiered Geode Cakes Perfect for Intimate Affairs

Geodes are super trendy right now and for a good reason – they’re simply stunning! They tend to be on the expensive side, but given its smaller size, it may be a luxury you can afford. This beautiful cake design looks simple, but is anything but. Replicating the look for alluring geode rocks, these cakes can feature any color scheme and will definitely make your intimate gathering so much more luxurious. And you can make it as elaborate or simple as you’d like, which is why it’s a great cake option for when you want something different and unique, but still picture-worthy for your wedding album.

These single serving blue geode confections will impress your guests.

These single serving blue geode confections will impress your guests.

Isn't this single tier cake fire? Artisan Cake Company.

Isn’t this single tier cake fire? Artisan Cake Company.

Metallic Wedding Cake Ideas for Intimate Weddings: Yassss, Gold!

If you love all things luxury, you’ll love having a metallic cake at your wedding! These gorgeous cakes feature metallic exteriors in golds, silvers, rose golds and more metallic colors. Tons of blue thistle flowers will bring rich color contrast to a gold metallic confection. They are a bit glitzy, but they’ll look amazing in your insta-feed!

More cake ideas for intimate destination weddings! Two-tiered white cake with gold leaf details by starlettadesigns.

More cake ideas for intimate destination weddings! Two-tiered white cake with gold leaf details by starlettadesigns.

Hand Painted 3D Watercolor Florals

Make your wedding cake look like a delicate piece of art that should be in a museum with hand painted 3D watercolor florals. They feature details that are delicately beautiful and will stand out against the deep blue skies of a seaside venue.

Hand painted floral cake with monogram by Juniper Cakery.

Hand painted floral cake with monogram by Juniper Cakery.

Ruffled ombre cake ideas for intimate destination weddings.

Ruffled ombre cake ideas for intimate destination weddings.

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Classic Cake Ideas for Intimate Destination Weddings

There’s nothing wrong with sticking with the classics. After all, a simple white wedding cake can stand out amidst a tropical background or a majestic mountain.

Single tiered buttercream wedding cake topped with thistles and blue macarons.

Single tiered buttercream wedding cake topped with thistles and blue macarons.

The last of our cake ideas for intimate destination weddings are single-serving wedding cakes for each guest. If you’re looking for something tiny and nontraditional, try mini cakes with your favorite quote on them. You are certain to impress your guests! Want to check out some wedding food ideas?

 

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Curious about the groom’s cake tradition? Let’s find out what a groom’s cake is, how and when it is served? And we couldn’t leave out, who pays for it?

Traditionally, a liquor-infused fruit cake was quite popular for a groom’s cake. Let's keep the tradition alive!

Traditionally, a liquor-infused fruit cake was quite popular for a groom’s cake. Let’s keep the tradition alive!

Many weddings don’t even have a groom’s cake, but it’s an age-old tradition that’s actually quite special. Let’s talk about this sweet confection and get inspired by quite a few original ideas!

So, What is a Groom’s Cake?

The groom’s cake is wedding tradition that originated (yes, you guessed it) in Victorian England! Just like the traditional wedding cake, it started out as a fruit cake. Later on, this trend arrived to the United States where it became more of a Southern wedding tradition.

It’s showcased right next to the wedding cake and is usually cut later and placed into take-home boxes for the guests to enjoy later on. Originally, the groom was supposed to decorate his own cake but now it just reflects his interests and personality, as well as his favorite cake flavor.

Who Pays for this Cake?

It is customary for the groom’s parents to cover this wedding expense. Some grooms pay for it themselves and sometimes, it’s the bride the one that decides to surprise his hubby-to-be with a confection she knows he will love.

When is the Groom’s Cake Served?

This cake was intended to be shared with the groomsmen – just like the bride’s cake is for the bridesmaids. Nowadays is either served at the rehearsal dinner or after the wedding cake.

Another interesting age-old tradition is that the groom’s cake was never served. It was boxed and given to your single female guests to take home. Supposedly, if they slept with it under their pillow, they would dream about their future husband. Crazy, right! I doubt anybody is doing this now, but hey, whatever works…

Celebrate the biker in him. The groom's cake tradition.

Celebrate the biker in him.

For the outdoorsy groom, one of the most creative cakes i have ever seen.

For the outdoorsy groom, one of the most creative cakes i have ever seen.

Basically, you can cut it whenever you want. So, have the caterer slice up and serve to your guests at the rehearsal dinner or after the wedding cake. Or you can keep tradition and send your guests home with a boxed up slice!

How Many People Does a Groom’s Cake Serve?

It all depends on its intended use. If it’s meant to be shared with the groomsmen or served at the rehearsal, a slice per person will be enough. If you plan on having it after the wedding cake, think half a slice per guest. People will be pretty full by then.

Scrumptious and original groom's cake by Dustin Meyer Photography.

Scrumptious and original groom’s cake by Dustin Meyer Photography.

There's no obligation to have a groom's cake at a wedding. He can choose a few confections for the reception's dessert table. Like these raspberry chocolate mini cakes. Photo: Gerald Goh.

There’s no obligation to have a groom’s cake at a wedding. He can choose a few confections for the reception’s dessert table. Like these raspberry chocolate mini cakes. Photo: Gerald Goh.

Gotham City, Dr. Who and all of his fav characters into one original groom's cake by Chrissie Boon.

Gotham City, Dr. Who and all of his fav characters into one original groom’s cake by Chrissie Boon.




More on the Groom’s Cake Tradition

“A wedding without cake would be a wedding without protocol, a rite without confirmation.” William Woys Weaver, University of Pennsylvania.

Traditionally, a liquor-infused fruit cake was quite popular for a groom’s cake, but now it’s usually whatever flavor the groom loves. Think anything from decadent chocolate to a stack of strawberry crepes (yum!) and everything in between.

As a Southern tradition, the cake’s theme could be a replica of his alma maters’ sports arena, a golf course or an homage to his favorite geekiest hobby. But if you are worried that his cake won’t look too good sitting next to your wedding cake, you can always showcase it at the dessert table!

Lego groom's cake.

Lego groom’s cake.

Fancy a lemon mascarpone crepe cake for the groom?

Fancy a lemon mascarpone crepe cake for the groom?

I think the groomsmen will love to partake of this cake, don't you agree?

I think the groomsmen will love to partake of this cake, don’t you agree?

Cool Groom’s Cake Ideas

A groom’s cake should reflect his passions and personality. He can literally pick anything he likes. From sports team colors to car racing to a barrel of his preferred drink and even a decadent drip cake covered with his favorite candy. This one is all about him, so let him get as creative as he wants.

For the car aficionado a '68 Camaro will do.

For the car aficionado a ’68 Camaro will do.

Get a decadent fudge ice cream brownie cake and enjoy, or send your guests home with a boxed slice. Cake by alsothecrumbsplease.

Get a decadent fudge ice cream brownie cake and enjoy, or send your guests home with a boxed slice. Cake by alsothecrumbsplease.

You can even merge your wedding cake with the groom's and share in your nerdy sides.

You can even merge your wedding cake with the groom’s and share in your nerdy sides.

The legendary Wookiee warrior in piped chocolate ganache to help him restore freedom to the galaxy.

The legendary Wookiee warrior in piped chocolate ganache to help him restore freedom to the galaxy.

Yes, it's a cake! With mini marshmallows for coals. How creative can a groom's cake be? Confection by cupadeecakes.

Yes, it’s a cake! With mini marshmallows for coals. How creative can a groom’s cake be? Confection by cupadeecakes.

A sweet gravity cake for your husband to be. Go Skittles!

A sweet gravity cake for your husband to be. Go Skittles!

Why not give the groom his own cake so that he can share in the spotlight too?

Why not give the groom his own cake so that he can share in the spotlight too?

Don’t forget to ask your baker if ordering both the wedding and the groom’s cake gets you a courtesy discount. Want to check out some wedding food ideas or see more groom-related inspo?

 

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We rounded up a stunning collection of enchanted forest themed wedding cakes to help you find out the one that best represents you and your theme!

Modern two tier in spring crocus and gold foil wedding cake by Cakes 2 Cupcakes.

Modern two tier in spring crocus and gold foil wedding cake by Cakes 2 Cupcakes.

Woodland receptions are “in” this year and to help you make the best decision, here’s a stunning roundup of enchanted forest themed wedding cakes! Take your pick of summer, spring, fall or winter woodland cakes or choose some forest themed wedding cakes for your indoor reception!

Let’s Talk About Enchanted Forest Themed Wedding Cakes

A wedding cake is the grand centerpiece of most wedding receptions and  woodland weddings are no exception to the rule. If you decided to get married in the forest, in a secret garden or have a forest themed reception, these amazing cake designs will help you choose yours.

How are enchanted forest themed wedding cakes different from others? They evoke emotions of a fairytale woodland with their designs. They may incorporate branches, flowers, ferns, autumn berries, butterflies and forest creatures, ivy, vines and woodland foliage. Which ones to choose? It depends on the time of the year. So, let’s take a look at the enchanted forest cakes for summer, spring, winter and fall!

Enchanted Forest Themed Wedding Cakes for Summer

Everything about your wedding is inspired by nature. Keep it colorful — enchanted forest themed wedding cakes may be embellished with flowers, summery ferns, vines, or fruits. You can glam them up with delicate touches of edible gold foil. Or you can watercolor a tier or two. Check out these incredible enchanted forest themed wedding cakes, a perfect fit for a summer woodland wedding.

Love the contrast of the moody color palette against the white wedding cake! Photo: Jonnie and Garrett.

Love the contrast of the moody color palette against the white wedding cake! Photo: Jonnie and Garrett.

Bright pink cake for an intimate wedding ceremony. Photo: Samantha Dapper and Mary Costa Photography.

Bright pink cake for an intimate wedding ceremony. Photo: Samantha Dapper and Mary Costa Photography.

Traditional three tiered wedding cake with fresh flowers in magenta and plum that spells summer in the forest.

Traditional three tiered wedding cake with fresh flowers in magenta and plum that spells summer in the forest.

Delicate Spring Cake Decorating for a Forest Theme

For a Spring enchanted forest wedding these delicate confections range from soft pastel colors to vibrant hues. Romantic brides may add sugar butterflies to their woodland wedding cake, gum-paste buds or flowers. After all, it’s the season where everything blooms, let the spring bloom on your cake.

Go with fresh and fruity flavor combinations like a blackberry lavender cake or a delicious raspberry vanilla filled drip cake. Or forget the enchanted forest themed wedding cakes altogether and delight your guests with small lemon lava cakes with mint leaves and strawberries.

Drip cakes will steal the show. Elegant enchanted forest themed wedding cakes with floral and greenery toppers.

Drip cakes will steal the show. Elegant enchanted forest themed wedding cakes with floral and greenery toppers.

Decadent mini lemon lava cakes with a molten lava gooey center.

Decadent mini lemon lava cakes with a molten lava gooey center.

Delicate buttercream flowers on a springtime cake!

Delicate buttercream flowers on a springtime cake!




Jaw-Dropping Enchanted Forest Cakes for the Fall

There’s a kind of spell that autumn casts on a forest. A certain peace and tranquility that is reflected on these enchanted forest themed wedding cakes. An abundance of half-naked or half-dressed, buttercream and drip cakes, metallics and detailed piping and decorative elements like oak leaves, woodgrain, and woodland foliage.

Deep moody colors surround half naked enchanted forest themed wedding cakes.

Deep moody colors surround half naked enchanted forest themed wedding cakes.

Autumn enchanted forest drip wedding cake with figs, pears, pomegranates and posies for an intimate outdoor ceremony in Maine. Cake by Erin Gardner. Photo: Henry + Mac Photography.

Autumn enchanted forest drip wedding cake with figs, pears, pomegranates and posies for an intimate outdoor ceremony in Maine. Cake by Erin Gardner. Photo: Henry + Mac Photography.

Some enchanted forest themed wedding cakes may even go “naked,” decorated only with colorful autumn berries. This is just a tiered cake without any icing and you can see the filling in between those delicious layers.

Of course, nobody would say no to a chocolate ganache cake topped with berries, amiright?

Tree bark Belgium chocolate drip cake with blueberries and currants for a winter woodland wedding.

Tree bark Belgium chocolate drip cake with blueberries and currants for a winter woodland wedding.

The addition of metallics to this forest cake makes all the difference. Absolutely mesmerized by the bottom tier that bears some elaborate work with oak leaves and roses.

The addition of metallics to this forest cake makes all the difference. Absolutely mesmerized by the bottom tier that bears some elaborate work with oak leaves and roses.

Amazing Winter Forest Themed Cake Ideas

Mountains, snow, forest creatures, birch trees and all things winter…they all relate to a winter woodland wedding, and there are some gorgeous cakes to go with that! From drip cakes decorated with moody-colored flowers to cakes that look like tree bark with the couple’s initials carved on the icing, there is something for all winter-loving couples. You can even set your cake on top of a piece of wood to add to the rustic feel.

Winter enchanted forest themed wedding cakes. Photo: Alicia King Photography.

Winter enchanted forest themed wedding cakes. Photo: Alicia King Photography.

Enter the buttercream. This mixture of butter and powdered sugar holds its shape during the cold winter months. Peppermint and double-chocolate, spiced pear, brown butter spice with cream cheese & maple buttercream were some of the favorite winter enchanted forest themed wedding cakes last year. What flavors will you choose this year?

Winter cakes like this hazelnut and brandy forest wedding cake.

Winter cakes like this hazelnut and brandy forest wedding cake.

Winter sets the tone with this berry red drip enchanted forest themed wedding cake. Photo: B. Matthews Creative.

Winter sets the tone with this berry red drip enchanted forest themed wedding cake. Photo: B. Matthews Creative.

Simple Nature Cakes that Remind us of the Forest

If you are hosting a woodland-inspired wedding indoors, you can still boast one of these magnificent enchanted forest themed wedding cakes. Always pick one of more of these elements for your forest-themed cake: branches, flowers, butterflies, birds and other forest creatures, ivy, vines, woodland ferns and foliage, succulents, sprigs, berries, woodgrain, tree bark, textured effects, toadstools, and oak leaves. We are sure we have left some behind, but you get the idea.

Get inspired by these buttercream, royal icing and fondant beauties that span through every single season and bring the forest into your wedding reception.

Enchanted forest themed wedding cakes for the spring-time. Photo: Hillmountaintown on Flickr.

Enchanted forest themed wedding cakes for the spring-time. Photo: Hillmountaintown on Flickr.

Pink, red tomato and ultraviolet pops of color on this naked woodland wedding cake by Adele Kloppers.

Pink, red tomato and ultraviolet pops of color on this naked woodland wedding cake by Adele Kloppers.

Now that we have our cake, why not get some inspiration with these woodland enchanted forest wedding ideas?

Metallic wedding cakes, the sensation of 2018 weddings, can be a great fit for your woodland wedding no matter what season.

Metallic wedding cakes, the sensation of 2018 weddings, can be a great fit for your woodland wedding no matter what season.

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