Sweet Treats-Wedding Cakes and Candy!

There is nothing new about having a fancy cake at a wedding reception, but every season brings about new trends for this old classic. Of course, there is the cupcake tower, and now the brownie cake, but for most couples, a tiered wedding cake is still the preferred wedding dessert. One reason for this is that it gives so much opportunity for creative expression. A truly beautiful wedding cake can be the showpiece decoration of the entire reception. Tall cakes, with five or seven tiers are one popular trend currently. This allows for a lot of drama and elegance.

The fun surprise is that in many cases, not all of the tiers are actual cake. There many well are some Styrofoam tiers stacked with the real cake to allow for extra height. When it is all frosted together, it is impossible to tell.Crystal monograms and flowers are more in vogue these days then traditional bride and groom cake toppers. For those who can afford them, elaborate sugar flowers are very popular, with fresh flowers a close second. The ultra-smooth look of fondant has reigned supreme in recent years, but lately brides have been rediscovering the joys of classic butter cream frosting.

Colorful and unique cakes continue to be very sought after, as brides now view their wedding cake as an opportunity to really make a statement. A very popular trend over the last several years is the candy buffet. What's not to love about a whole big display dedicated to candy? The concept of the candy station is simple: set out large jars or bowls of delicious candies with scoops. The key to making it elegant is to design an attractive presentation, such as over sized glass apothecary jars with silver scoops.

There is usually a theme to the candy, as well. In some cases, it is simply an assortment of the bride and groom's favorite childhood sweets, but many couples make the theme more elaborate than that. It could be carnival theme candy, all pink or all blue candy, or perhaps all chocolate candy. The candy buffet often serves as the wedding favor, so be sure to set out to-go containers. Chinese takeout containers with a custom sticker are a popular way to box up candy favors, or one can use simple glassing bags with pretty stickers for sealing. This is one trend that is sure to stick around, due to its overwhelming popularity withCharlestonSCwedding guests!

Happy Eating,

Mike

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