Many people here “fall wedding cake” and assume you are going to put leaves and twigs all over your cake. This does happen often, which is most likely why the stereotype exists. However, you can get a great fall wedding cake and avoid shrubbery.
Fall is classified by leaves changing, weather cooling, and wearing warmer clothes. Fall has very warm, but vibrant colors. Oranges, reds, yellows, browns, greens, and ivory. If you are having a fall wedding, use flowers that are for the season. You can of course incorporate brighter colors such as hot pinks, limes, etc. You are not limited to just the colors of the season. Use the fall colors as your base and use brighter colors to accent.
Depending on the scene of your wedding cake, you may have to adjust your cake style accordingly. Wedding cakes in an elegant setting should be sophisticated and simple. Wedding cakes in a more modern setting should be fun and whimsical. A cake can make or break the setting of your wedding just as much as the floral centerpieces and bridesmaid dresses. So be aware of your wedding surroundings.
When it comes to picking design, season determines a lot of it. If you want a traditional fall look, you can order a simple round or square cake with a fondant branch streaming up the sides. Order gumpaste leaves in oranges, greens, and browns to accent. This is a very popular fall wedding cake design, but still one that can be done elegantly. Just be sure that the cake decorator does not make your tree branch and flowers look “cartoonish”. This type of cake can come off very cheap looking when not done correctly. See the cake by Cakes for Occasions here www.bestmarthasvineyardweddings.com/cakes-for-occasions-danvers/1afc16d86d9c05b5-page1.html. They have an elegant white cake with gumpaste fall leaves. It’s still simple, but has just the right amount of color.
Another direction is just to accent your fall theme with fall colored flowers. As seen in this elegant classic by Cakes by Dawna, you have a sophisticated three-tier square cake. Decorated with white piping and each tier separated by a slurry of fall colored flowers. It’s simple, it’s elegant, and it still brings in the season without actually pointing out the season directly.
If you want to be a little more whimsical with your fall theme, but still have an elegant premise, then think of doing a topsy turvy cake with classic accents. As seen in the cake named, “Susan” by Kali Katering, LLC. You have a three-tier chocolate fondant cake assembled in a topsy turvy manner. Each tier is decorated with elegant ivory vine piping detail and then separated by a mix of fall colored flowers. Notice how there are still accents of lime green to balance out the oranges and browns. This cake is not only fun, but still has an element of sophistication and elegance while still shining a modern twist.
Or scratch the bright colors of fall all together and go for a simple, brown cake. Browns are very warm and speak of the fall season. As seen in this elegant brown cake by Sedona Cake Couture, a simple chocolate fondant cake with chocolate flowers and leaves and elegant white piping are the epitome of sophistication. This cake not only looks delicious (hello, it’s all chocolate), but will keep you within the season. Just remember, when ordering a sculpted chocolate cake you are at the higher portion of the wedding cake budget. Hand-crafted chocolate leaves and roses are very expensive. Ask your cake decorator to make them out of brown gumpaste if you are on a tighter budget.
There you have it. Just a few simple examples to show you how to bring in that fall spirit without spelling it flat out for friends and family at the reception. Always keep in mind your budget when buying a cake and more so always keep in mind what you want. Just because you are getting married in October doesn’t mean you cannot have daisies and bright colors. It is your wedding, after all. Make that special day your way.