Dark wedding cakes: Pro’s and Con’s

You want a black wedding cake?  Of course you can have one, but do you know the pros vs. cons?  Actually any dark color cake finish can be very elegant and posh.  Here are some we love.

If you have a dark color palette for your wedding, pairing the cake in the same colors can be done.  The chalkboard trend was really big recently, so many weddings had a cake that mimicked the chalkboard style.  We love the pearls on the navy cake and the fondant saree on the maroon cake.  Both have amazing contrast between the light piping accents and pearls on the dark frosting/fondant.

Now for the pros and cons:
PRO’s

  • You can match or partner the dark color with the rest of the décor
  • The contrast between dark and light or metallics is stunning
  • You can get dark colors in fondant, marzipan, or buttercream
  • They are beautiful

CON’s

  • If you have a dark color buttercream, the buttercream bleeds down the knife when you cut the cake and it looks like the actual cake is black, red, navy, etc.
  • Your guests will have the same color lips, teeth, and mouth as the cake. Not so attractive, especially for the bride and groom taking that photo of the cake cutting and feeding each other.
  • If you have kids at the wedding eating cake, it’s going to be a big mess

If you’re scared of the con’s dark color cake presents, consider these alternatives:

  • Make one of the smaller tied of the cake the darkest color
  • Use an ombré cake, keeping the darkest color the smallest coverage
  • Make the flowers or other décor the dark colors. Weather you have sugar flowers or real flowers, they never are plated with a piece of cake
  • Pipe or paint on the design with the dark color.
  • Have your baker make the dark cake or tier a faux one and the real cake other or lighter finishes. Then you can supplement the faux with backup cake.
  • Use dark colors with ribbon applications.
  • Get a naked cake. Naked cakes are un-frosted cakes.  Red velvet or chocolate naked cakes are good options to have vs. red or brown frosting/finishes.

Here are some dark color alternative cakes that we love, using the above suggestions.

One last note to you Brides: Don’t let your photographer take a photo of you holding the cake.  Cake is heavy and it’s just asking for trouble if you have a dark color cake with a white dress.  If you’re the Bride and you happen to drop the cake, how are you going to replace it on a moments notice?

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