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Monday, March 30th, 2015
One of the most important pieces to a traditional wedding reception is the wedding cake. Whether the cake is extravagant or simple, it is going to be devoured by all of the reception-goers. Don’t forget, though, that next to the bride and groom, the wedding cake is one of the most photographed items at the wedding. So, it is ideal that it is beautiful, picturesque, and delectable. We love that cakes are trending back towards traditional and simple. Some of the most stunning cakes are those that have a beautiful cascade of matching flowers and use simple, elegant styles to create a huge impact.
You don’t want to have too many desserts left over, so plan accordingly. It’s simple; if you’re having a very large wedding reception, order a cake that will suffice for your large number of guests. If your reception is not going to have hundreds of people, then plan for a smaller cake. Follow this guide to see approximately how big you should plan for your cake to be.
If you are going for the simplistic look, have your wedding cake one color, and add an accent color that will match the color scheme of your wedding. Having an all white cake with one color accent is already a simple, classy look; but it also allows for decorations (such as matching flowers) if desired.
Wedding Cake Toppers
Again, if you’re going for the simple look, you may not even want to worry about a cake topper. If the cake body has detail of any sort, that should be enough for an elegant and uncomplicated wedding cake. Popular toppers these days include a simple cluster of flowers, or the couple’s initials.
Choosing the flavors of the cake and filling is one of the tastiest parts of the wedding planning process. For a simple wedding cake, don’t worry about going for exuberant cake flavors. Keep it simple and classic with flavors like vanilla or chocolate and choose a filling that will suit most palates.
Simple, yet Elegant Cake Decorations
» A colored or plain ribbon around each tier of the cake
» Clustered flowers
» Add textured frosting to the tiers instead of having a smooth appearance
» Put the initial of the last name of the newly weds at the top as a topper
Where to Find/Order Your Dream Wedding Cake
Classic Cakes of Carmel, Indiana offers many different custom-made options for creating an ideal cake for your special day. We’re a gourmet bakery in Indianapolis and we strive to create cakes that taste as good as they look. Check out our website for a full list of flavors and a gallery of some of our favorites.
Monday, January 19th, 2015
For all you chocolate lovers out there – don’t miss Chocolate Cake Day – January 27th!
The evolution of the “chocolate cake” is an interesting one with the most historically annotated account assembled by The Food Timeline. Initially, chocolate cake was a reference to cake that didn’t even include chocolate as an ingredient, rather it was cake consumed with a chocolate beverage. Later, yellow or spiced cakes were iced with a chocolate glaze. The first recorded reference to a chocolate cake as we know it today was contained in a 1779 letter from a French prisoner to his wife directing her to make a cake that was “chocolate inside” and “iced everywhere, on the sides and underneath”.
Today, cakes have grown in size, shape and ingredients and known culturally in many different forms from vegan to flourless, black forest to Genoise and cheese cake to molten lava. Chocolate lover’s rejoice over the ultimate chocolate cake with moist layers sandwiching a chocolate butter crème` or panache` covered in yet another sugary confection of chocolate icing and then sprinkled with shavings of yet more rich chocolate.
For those chocolate connoisseurs, a box mix just will not do. Celebrate the day by indulging in the very best chocolate cake in Indiana.
Choose the original chocolate flavored cake or mix it up with chocolaty flavors like fudge or chocolate chip. The best part is choosing the filling! Almost any flavor pairs well with a chocolate cake; but we love to play with caramel, chocolate truffle, coconut, hazelnut, raspberry, or even peppermint. There are hundreds of cake and flavor combinations that will indulge any chocoholic’s palate.
Friday, September 26th, 2014
The wedding cake is one of the most important symbols of matrimony. Besides being glamorous and multi-tiered; they have the potential to become a creative and personal description of the bride and groom. But the cake isn’t just a decoration; they provide a functional and beautiful entertainment for the wedding guests.
The wedding cake topper has always been very traditional; a replica of sorts, of the bride and groom standing together at the altar. More couples today are re-thinking their wedding cake toppers- coming up with creative and imaginative alternatives. More and more brides and grooms would describe themselves as non-traditional in the sense that they want their wedding to be more of a reflection of themselves. The wedding cake and cake topper are the two best places to reflect the personality of the new couple.
Here are a few unique ideas for wedding cake toppers that you and your guests will remember:
Fresh flowers or floral designs made of fondant icing are a wonderful way to top off your wedding cake. These floral arrangements can be as elaborate and detailed as you desire, or as lovely and simple, as a bouquet of your favorite roses. For some ideas, check out our gallery.
Another hot trend in cake toppers is having the couples initials or some form of a last name ornament displayed on top of the cake in flowing cursive letter sculptures. To be creative, the initials or couples’ names can be made edible. The most common form though, is a piece that can be saved for years to come.
Vintage is all the rage in fashion and collectibles these days so why not check out sites like Etsy and Pinterest for ideas and options for vintage cake toppers that match your personal style. If you like “shabby chic” or rustic decorations, there are many vintage cake toppers made of wood or recycled materials. These cake toppers make for a more casual and laid-back wedding vibe.
Create a Scene
No, not that kind of scene! We are not suggesting that you make a fool of yourselves at your own wedding; but you can create a scene as a cake topper. With traditional cake toppers being usually just the bride and groom standing and facing each other; many couples are thinking “way outside the box” and creating cake toppers that describe their relationship. If you are a sporty couple, why not have your doll likenesses riding bikes, or rollerblading. Think of the fun activities you both enjoy; or go with comedy, and have two dolls made that are attached to each other, and a ball and chain.
Your wedding is the time to really be who you are; not to please everyone else and live up to their expectations. Yes, love and commitment are very serious, but it will take a lot of humor, to get you through many of your wonderful years together.
Friday, September 12th, 2014
Do you have an autumn wedding coming up? Are you planning one for the 2015 fall season? Classic Cakes has the talent that you need to create the perfect wedding cake. Our fall inspired cakes are gloriously decorated and bursting with flavor. Check out some of our tips for creating the perfect fall wedding cake below.
Use seasonal flavor combinations
The most popular flavor for wedding cakes is either vanilla or chocolate. While you can’t go wrong with either of these flavors, why would you want to limit yourself when there is so much potential for a unique cake experience? Guests will really appreciate a break from the standard white vanilla wedding cake. Take advantage of the seasonal flavors that embrace warmth and holiday spirit. At Classic Cakes, our unique fall flavors include apple, spice, hazelnut, mocha, pumpkin, peppermint, caramel, and chocolate truffle. All of these flavors are available all year long, but make for an especially festive fall wedding.
Combine Classic Flavors with Unique Fillings
Because we have such a wide variety of options available, you can pick and choose which flavor combinations will work best for your wedding. Our recommendations? We love chocolate cake with peppermint filling, or spice cake filled with our apple filling. Another great combination is the apple spice cake paired with the caramel filling. The juxtaposition of each cake paired with a festive filling is out of this world.
Use Fall Colors
To really hammer the message home, design your cake to feature some of the rich colors that autumn is famous for. Dark, warm colors like burgundy make for a great wedding cake. For a look at some of our past work, check out our gallery page. You’ll find tons of inspiration for your own cake!
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
There is nothing as delightful as seeing a birthday cake intricately shaped like a luxury purse, a set of jewels, an animal, or any other significant symbol that is personal to the birthday person. Sculpted cakes are edible works of art and decorative masterpieces that add so much to the party. The endless possibilities of what can be created through this delectable artistic medium are astounding.
Not only do sculpted cakes amaze guests and provide the focus for entertainment, but cakes can also represent achievements and possibilities for the future. They are so personal and it is amazing to be able to capture each individual’s personality through their birthday cake.
Whether choosing to have your own sculpted cake created, or having one designed for a friend or loved one; the process is fun, imaginative, and creative. Those who design sculpted cakes appear to have as much fun as the client. Though these cakes often depict very important life moments, they all seem to have a sense of whimsy and fantasy within their vivid colors and designs.
From sculpted designs of fabulous stilettos, wild animals, designer handbags, movie popcorn, dolls in dresses, action figures, replicas of homes, bottles of wine and picnic baskets; the list of ideas for sculpted cakes goes on and on. From simple, elegant designs and color palettes, to outrageous carnival-like colors and scenes; sculpted cakes can match every personality or occasion imaginable.
Sculpted cakes are also a magnificent way to honor those in professional service. Firemen, police officers, the Armed Forces, and even your local heroes, can be transformed into edible creations. Firehouses, churches, or photographs of an honoree, can all be brought to life in vanilla cake, with lemon curd filling, wrapped in multi-colored fondant icing. Whatever you can dream up; we can create it.
For your next birthday or celebration, let your imagination run wild through forests and wildflowers, or through Paris or Rome, visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Coliseum. All of these imaginings can be made edible, into a gorgeous and unforgettable sculpted cake.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Whoever said the wedding cake is strictly for the ladies was mistaken. While it is true that it’s rather difficult to get your spouse-to-be completely amped about the latticework and piping on your three-tiered wedding cake, when it comes to whether it’s going to be chocolate or vanilla, he may have more to say. Wedding cakes are essentially just a delicious dessert form of a traditional wedding dress. Standing tall and flowing to the surface below, these cake designs are sometimes just as intricate as the traditional, and carefully planned dress donned by the beautiful bride.
Okay, so the design of a traditional wedding cake may be better left to the bride’s discretion. So what’s a groom to do to ensure that he’s included in one of the tastiest portions of the most important day of his life? Well, plan on having a groom’s cake, of course! (Or hope that his soon-to-be bride will let him have a groom’s cake.)
The tradition of a groom’s cake can be dated back to the Victorian era. As time progressed, there were many interpretations of the groom’s cake, one being where the bride and groom each had a cake (light cake for the bride, dark for the groom) that was served to the bridal party and groomsmen. This English-turned-American tradition has been disregarded by many states as a part of the wedding-day celebration, though the tradition still holds much value in the South where it’s just another fun part of the wedding planning and celebration.
Today, having a groom’s cake is just another way for the groom’s personality to shine through on his special day. Allowing for creative freedom with this cake is more than just frosting deep; it goes a long way, and helping the groom come up with an amazing design is going to show just how well you know him! Awesome ideas include a sculpted cake replica of a baseball cap for his favorite team, a bottle of his favorite adult beverage, his favorite food, pastime, or something quirky about him like his favorite couch or recliner – you know him best, the possibilities are endless.
At the end of the day, both the bride and groom can look back on this day knowing that the day encompassed the two of them completely. Two individuals’ personalities shining through to complete one amazing day!
And that’s truly the icing on the cake.
Here are more groom’s cake ideas from Classic Cakes:
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Sweet and Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
Spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other doesn’t have to be an extravagant night out. You can still show how much you care, without going overboard- especially if the relationship is new and budding.
Create a Valentine’s Date “in-a-box”!
The first idea is to surprise your beau with a large, decorated box. Inside this box they will pull out whatever gifts you selected for them, along with a romantic or favorite movie. Include fleece pajamas and hot chocolate for a supreme snuggle date!
Finally, in the box, wrap two paper plates and forks. Your lover will be confused at the forks for a moment, until you walk in with a gorgeous, custom cake for you to share.
View examples of other successful Valentine’s Day Cakes, below.
Not in a Relationship?
You can always celebrate single-awareness day with a penguin cake!
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
We have been making reveal cakes every week lately at Classic Cakes! They are becoming more and more popular as a fun way to reveal the baby’s gender to family and friends. There are a number of ways to order a reveal cake. First, one needs to call in ahead of the date of the ultrasound to plan the cake flavor, size, shape, decorations, and date of the reveal party. Methods for Classic Cakesto find out the gender of the baby can differ. Some couples like to know the “secret” ahead of the family and friends. The parents call us to tell us whether their expected little one is a boy or a girl. We add the pink or blue icing inside the cake and then proceed to decorate the cake. Sometimes even the parents want to be surprised at the party. Now, the Dr’s office gets involved in the party! They seal a photo of the ultrasound results in an envelope and someone delivers that to our store. We love it when we get to open the envelope and see the gender first! Then the order proceeds in the same manner.
Now, what should be taken into consideration for the decorations on the cake? We have several suggestions. We think the cake is most effective when you have both pink and blue on the outside so there is no hint of what is inside. Then it is always fun to add some other co-ordinating colors to the cake. Some customers like to stay in the soft baby pastels of pink, blue, green, and yellow. We like to add some more bold offbeat colors if possible like lime green, orange, purple, chocolate brown, or teal. Whatever colors and designs are chosen, it is always fun to be a part of such a special times in the lives of our customers!
Now the personal side of this story… we are expecting our third grandchild in March! Our son and his wife, Ryan and Tiffany are expecting their second child. They already have a 3 1/2 year old boy. I was actually with them at the ultrasound when they learned the gender of their new baby. They found out on a Monday, but kept the secret until a small group gathering with their friends at church on the following Sunday. Their friends had been asking for several weeks about the sex of the baby because Tiffany had been having several ultrasounds and they were all anxious to find out the answer. In fact, Ryan and Tiffany took a cake to a previous event that was decorated with blue on the outside, but when the cake was cut, it was pink on the inside. Ryan and Tiffany had to confess that they did not know the gender yet. Of course, their friends all demanded to know if this was a REAL reveal cake this time!
What a fun way to make the annoucement even more special! Here are pictures of their reveal…you will see the gender yourself. We are excited to have another grandchild on the way!
Brayden is excited to get a sibling!
The reveal cake...the bottom layer is pumpkin cake and the small top layer is almond pound cake with truffle filling.
Ryan and Tiffany are cutting the first piece...almost as exciting as cutting their wedding cake!
Ryan and Tiffany are pulling out the first piece...the suspense is building!
BLUE icing. It's a BOY!!
Now let's eat! Yumm!
We are thrilled to be grandparents to Delainey, daughter of our son Jay and his wife Koryn. Now Ryan and Tiffany are giving us a second grandson. Life is good!
Monday, April 30th, 2012
We did a cake for Dianne’s quinceanera April 28, 2012. A quinceanera is a celebration observed in many Latin countries marking the emergence of a girl into womanhood on her 15th birthday. It combines a religious service and a big party and certain traditions are honored.
The honored young lady has a court made up of her best friends and relatives. She wears a beautiful ball gown and a tiara.
When I delivered the cakes, Dianne and her court were coming into the ballroom at The Sheraton to get ready for the party. They were practicing the steps to a waltz that they would be participating in as part of the festivities. It was fun to watch the young folks having a good time and working hard to make their friend’s party a success.
The room was beautifully decorated with yellow and orange linens and flowers. The fellows wore black tuxes with orange vests. The young ladies in the court wore yellow dresses. The only green color in the room was lovely Dianne in her stunning lime green ballgown. She was kind enough to pause and pose for a picture.
Join me and take a peek inside Dianna’s quinceanera party!
The Classic Cakes van pulls up to the entrance of the hotel to deliver the cakes.
The party was at The Sheraton at Keystone at the Crossing.
It was not hard to find the party....at the top of the escalator.
The entrance into the Grand Ballroom.
A picture poster of Dianne welcomed the guests to the party.
The beautifully dressed tables awaiting the guests.
The head table for Dianne and her court.
The star of the party, Dianne, in her fabulous lime green ballgown!
The colorful cake on the cake table.
A closeup of the large cake.
One of the satellite cakes.
The second side cake with a sparkly 15 on top.
The last side cake. All the cakes were decorated by Liz. Great job Liz. Dianne loved them!
I hope you enjoyed this peek into Dianne’s quinceanera party. Thanks for letting us share Dianne!
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Classic Cakes, Carmel IN, has done a number of cakes recently for companies having special functions. A cake reflects a celebration of some sort…an special anniversary, a milestone in the company, recognizing some valuable employees, a signifigant birthday of an employee, or even a holiday party. A cake makes every occasion that much more special and a CUSTOM cake shows that someone took the time to plan for a very special event!
We were recently contacted by Riley Hospital for Children Indianapolis, for a cake they wanted at a conference they were hosting at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Residents from IU Medical School train at Riley Hospital for education in Pediatric Medicine. Riley Hospital for Children was celebrating their 20th anniversary of “Medical Student Education in Pediatrics.” They wanted a custom cake made to reflect the logo of the conference.
Riley Hospital e-mailed to Classic Cakes the logo that they were using for their event. We then took the colors and some of the design elements from the logo and came up with a proposal for their cake. We e-mailed the design to them and waited for approval or changes. They accepted our original design plan.
Below is a photo of the cake design that was sent to Riley and then the actual cake after its arrived at the Children’s Museum.