Wedding cake ideas inspired by the seasons
19 May 2022
Look to your wedding season for inspiration when it comes to your cake
At every wedding there is much anticipation surrounding the couple's wedding cake. Guests will love seeing your show-stopper and will be excited to have a taste, so it is inevitable that you will want to make your wedding cake memorable.
Colour schemes and wedding themes are a good place to start when making your initial decisions, as is the season in which you're getting married. A seasonal spin can also narrow your choice of colours, flavours and décor, which may prove helpful if you find the range of options overwhelming.
Here are several ideas for your wedding cake, with an aesthetic befitting of each season and a taste sensation suited to the time of year.
Signalling warmer weather and new beginnings, spring is a popular wedding month for the positive connotations it evokes. Bright and bold colour schemes or soft pastel shades echo the flower varieties that begin to bud and bloom in spring; from daffodils and tulips, to primroses and hyacinths.
If you're using flowers to decorate your cake, peonies bloom from late April to mid June and are a popular flower to adorn your tiers, or use as a topper, due to their large heads, blousy petals and romantic colours. Linear flower arrangements or hand-painted floral illustrations cascading down your cake can also create a breath-taking result. Always echo your flower choices in your bouquet to tie your cake in with the rest of your wedding look.
Fruity, refreshing flavours such as elderflower and fillings such as lemon or passionfruit curd complement a vanilla sponge with lashings of buttercream.
Above: Cake by Grace's Baking Box
Bursting with colour and vitality, summer is the month when nature truly thrives. Semi-naked or naked wedding cakes are a favourite for summer weddings, featuring Victoria sponge tiers bedecked in strawberries, raspberries and stems of gypsophila.
Alternatively, consider a simple all-white wedding cake adorned with flowers. Wild meadow flowers and lavender interspersed with greenery will add colour and creativity to a blank canvas cake. You could opt for interesting and unexpected flavours inside, or look to popular ice cream flavours for the perfect crowd-pleaser, such as salted caramel or pistachio.
For a quintessentially British dessert table with your cake as the focal point, consider treats such as strawberry trifle, scones with jam and cream, and Eton Mess.
Rustic wedding themes lend themselves perfectly to the autumn season. Dried flowers, dahlias in deep shades and leaves in autumn colours are the perfect decorative choices, and can be extended to your wedding cake.
For wooden accents, use a large log slice for your cake stand or consider a bark effect for your wedding cake tiers. Greenery such as eucalyptus, ruscus and ferns serve to soften the look, contrasting with a rich and warm colour palette and adding depth and texture.
Harvested fruits and vegetables can inspire your wedding cake flavours. From comforting carrot cake infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and sultanas, to apple, pear and ginger flavours for a warming, homely touch.
Above: Cake by Carolyn Harvey
Think pine-cones, twigs, berries, holly and ivy for a winter wedding cake theme. A blanket of white icing or marzipan offers a festive starting point, which can be decorated in alternating deep berry colours or ice blue tones dependent on your winter wedding colour scheme.
Rich, decadent flavours such as fruit cake and red velvet cake harness the indulgence of the season, while coffee, hazelnut and chocolate provide a complementing trio of flavours across three tiers.
Whatever your choices, always ensure that you keep your wedding guests' dietary requirements in mind at every stage of the planning process.