15 Ideas That’ll Make You ‘Fall’ In Love With Your Autumn Wedding Cake
September 15, 2018
Saying “I do” in the fall means tons of opportunities to incorporate everything that makes this summer-to-winter straddle season so special. For anyone who’s considering incorporate outside-the-box flavors, decorations, and pastry innovations into the sweetest part of their celebration, these autumn wedding cake ideas are sure to please your eyes as well as your palate.
1. Change Up Your Color Scheme
There are certain colors that are widely associated with each season. In winter, we tend to gravitate toward white, blue, silver, and the obligatory reds and greens of Santa and his height-challenged pals. Spring is all about renewal, with pastels and green leading the way, while summer is bright, bold hues to match the heat of the sun and the fun of beachside merrymaking.
As for fall color schemes, jewel and earth tones are at the top of the list. From eggplant purple to hunter green, burnt orange to cardinal red, fall colors can transform not only your tablescapes and floral arrangements but also your wedding cake.
2. Creative Cake Stands
Sometimes a solid support is the foundation of great taste. While you can’t go wrong with an old standby option like a crystal cake stand or cloth-covered box, the rustic look of a slab of tree trunk or burlap-draped tabletop is more in tune with your autumnal theme. There are a surprising amount of twists on the tree-trunk idea, as well; some versions are stunning in their raw simplicity, with craggy bark and the fingerprint-like swirl of unspoiled wood grain staking center stage, while other takes see the natural wood augmented with gold coloring, food-safe stains and paints, and leaf decoupage.
3. Homage to Harvest
Whether you live on a farm, run an orchard, or oversee a winery, fall is known as harvest time. Though the vast majority of us no longer wait anxiously for the right time to haul in the corn and Cabernet, fall still has strong ties to the ideas of sustenance, abundance, and family.
You can bring all this together in an autumn wedding cake decked out with harvest-inspired items. If you and your sweetheart frequent Napa Valley or just love a good wine and cheese party, consider a cake presented on the lid of a wine barrel and draped in real or faux grapes, grapevines, and drizzled in Sangiovese syrup. Other ideas include miniature pumpkins, tiny crab apples (glazed, if you want that extra bit of shine and elegance), or a plain white cake tucked into a mound of gourds, squash, and fall flowers.
4. Autumn Swag
Love the simplicity and tradition or a white wedding cake but still longing for a hint of fall? It’s all about the swag – as in the stuff you drape on and around your cake, that is. Think patterned ribbon, burlap, threaded cranberries, faux leaves, dried flowers, grape vines, sprigs of evergreen, fall and/or dark fruits like figs and blackberries, succulents (especially the green and purple kinds), or rosemary and thyme sprigs.
5. Speaking of Florals…
Clusters of flowers, cascading petals, smaller springs stuck into the cake’s crevices – they all have the potential to look fantastic, but what flowers can you use without abandoning the fall theme? It’s all about deep colors, rich textures, and some coarse (but always pretty) greenery:
- Flowering kale
- Gerber daisies
- Calla lilies
- Purple fountain grass
Combine easier-to-find blooms with fun accents like ornamental pepper plants or swoops of leatherleaf fern, eucalyptus or ivy to transform your cake and the overall cake display into a unique ode to autumn.
6. Embrace Updated Versions of the Naked Cake
Naked cakes are those tiered confections that leave the bakery without an outer coating of buttercream or fondant. While there’s still plenty of sweet stuff in between the layers, the cake itself is left bare for a more natural, rustic look. Today’s autumn cakes are expanding on that trend in two ways:
- Tucking fruit, leaves, herbs, twigs and other natural elements into the icing so they poke out from each layer – and applying a dusting of confectioner’s sugar for a slightly snowy effect
- Coating the outside of the cake in a thin, broken layer of icing made to look like tree bark
7. Gold, Gold, and More Gold
There’s something about a warm metallic that feels right for fall. When the leaves begin to change color, wedding décor starts to get a bit more golden, too. From gilded cake toppers to gold beading and even an artfully haphazard smattering of gold leaf, there are dozens of ways to give your cake the Midas touch. Not sold on gold? Explore colors in the bronze spectrum; they have more warmth and come across a little less formal.
8. Pumpkin Spice Everything
Forget lattes. Pumpkin spice cake is the tasty, tingly extravaganza your taste buds have been longing for. In fall, pastry chefs bid adieu to the bright citrus and tropical drizzles of summer and embrace the almighty orange gourd and all that pumpkin flavoring entails. Ask about pumpkin-flavored sponges, icing, filling, and toppings, and spices can be as bold or subtle as you like.
9. The No-Cake Cake Table
[Great pic of fall dessert table on this page – https://www.weddingideasmag.com/autumn-wedding-cakes/]
Not everyone goes crazy for traditional wedding cake. More couples are getting excited about non-traditional dessert options and transforming their would-be cake table into a smorgasbord of alternative sweets. Take that idea and run with it while also incorporating fall-themed options including:
- Candied apples
- Apple or plum tartlets
- Pecan pie
- Pumpkin pie
- Pumpkin roll
- Pumpkin trifle
- Whoopie pies
- Sweet potato loaf or pie
- Peanut butter buckeyes
- Apple cider pound cake
- Salted caramel corn
- Mini pumpkin bread puddings
- Toffee turtle cookies
- Pear and walnut galette
- Pecan chocolate shortbread
- Grape harvest cake with wine syrup
- Mini cider and ginger panna cottas
- Maple leaves
- Buttermilk pies with cider-poached pears
- Fig clafoutis
- Almond toffee brittle
- Candy corn and chocolate chip cookies
- Cinnamon ice cream
- Hazelnut and pear tea cakes
- Assorted candies in fall colors
10. Add Literal Spice
We could insert a lot of different puns here, but when we say “add some spice” we’re really talking about those warm baking spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, star anise, and clove that make you think about delicious baked goods and crisp fall air. When temperatures cool, we dust off the oven mitts we stashed away for summer and start churning out cakes, pies, and cookies again. It’s not much of a mental leap to turn that nostalgia into wedding-worthy cake decorations. An elegant multi-tiered cake topped with cinnamon sticks, whole nutmegs, or figs studded with whole cloves will smell and look utterly fantastic.
11. Go All Out with Fall Flavors
We’ve danced around the idea of fall flavorings here and there, but there is truly so much you can do with the flavors of your wedding cake. When you feel like vanilla and chocolate are borderline boring and red velvet is teetering on passé, try an apple cider cake with allspice buttercream or pumpkin sponge topped with dollops of cranberry-laced whipped cream. Carrot cake is a winner in both visual appeal and overall taste, or you could always opt for a classic vanilla amped up by a caramel or raspberry swirl. From the exotic notes of chai to brown sugar batters and bourbon-molasses drizzle, there’s a lot to like about autumn recipes dreamt up but seriously creative bakers.
12. Finish it Off with a Surprising Topper
- A miniature metal or wood tree trimmed in bright fall foliage
- A tiny pair of pumpkins (they don’t have to be orange) wearing a veil and top hat
- Grapevines twisted into a heart or your combined initials
- A fall porch scene complete with matching Adirondack chairs
- “Love” or “Mr. and Mrs.” in sculpted burlap or wood
13. Personal Touches
A basic autumn wedding cake with a simple brushed color scheme over silky smooth fondant provides the ideal space for some handwritten script. Have the pastry chef inscribe the cake with lyrics from “your song” (choose a line from the song for your first dance to further tie things together), a stanza from your favorite poem, or a quote from somebody important to the two of you.
14. Drips and Drizzles
Nothing says abundance quite like an oozing fountain of deliciousness seeping out between the moist layers of your wedding cake or slowly sliding down from the focal point of your topper. Chocolate ganache is almost a guaranteed winner, but you can play with everything from triple-berry sauce to butterscotch to very contemporary mirrored glaze. The idea is to offer something different that’s as delicious as it is eye-catching, and the right kind of drips will have every guest’s mouth watering long before it’s time to cut the cake.
15. Don’t Forget the Groom’s Cake!
If you and your spouse-to-be are playful types, consider a second cake that’s more whimsy than bling. This usually ends up being the groom’s cake, hence the proliferation of more manly motifs, but a secondary/groom’s cake can be almost anything.
- A campfire cake
- Halloween inspired, with ghosts, skeletons, jack-o’-lanterns, and candy eyeballs galore
- A forest-themed creation with either fondant or rolled chocolate as the bark (bonus points for etching your initials in the side)
- Baseball themed, which is appropriate given the World Series’ designation as the “Fall Classic”
- Cakes the celebrate the outdoors, including hunting, hiking, fishing, skiing, off-roading, flag football, or just the general idea of nature at its best
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