As more and more people opt for fresh and fun beach weddings rather than sticking to the traditional ones, the ideas for wedding cakes have also undergone a transformation. A wedding cake decorated in the beach theme motif serves as the perfect complement for a beach wedding theme. Although you may have the found the perfect tropical wedding flowers, picked up the best beach-themed invitations, and selected the prettiest wedding dress, without the right wedding cake, your beach nuptials and reception would be rather incomplete.
Beautiful Cake Designs for a Beach Wedding
You can select from a range of underwater themes such as seashells, sea life, and even fresh tropical flowers.
Seashells: One of the favorite and most commonly chosen cake designs for weddings are ones that include seashells, either as the key element or as accents to the original design. The motifs can be created from marzipans, icing, molded chocolates, or simply from other candies. You can team up your seashells with other underwater creatures such as colorful sea urchins, corals, and fish. Complete your ocean floor look by scattering white chocolate shells, sand dollars, and starfish on each of the cake tiers.
Tropical Flowers: Tropical and bright flowers are stunning design elements that can transform the drab boring three-tiered wedding cakes into a fun wedding cake. You can either opt for fresh flowers or have edible ones made from icing or gum paste. Decorated as bouquets, elegant cake edgings, cascades, and flowers add a touch of beauty to any wedding cake. Although fresh orchids do look beautiful and also add a tropical touch to the cake, they can wilt when kept out for a longer time. Instead, ask the baker to create island-style blooms of hibiscus and edible palm leaves created from fondant or buttercream to decorate the tiers of the cake.
Sandcastle Wedding Cakes: Wedding cakes shaped as sandcastles are a perfect for a beach wedding. Made to resemble a natural-colored sandcastle, these unusual wedding cakes can be decorated with fun seashells and other sea life accents.
In addition to these wedding cake styles and designs, you could incorporate nautical touches like fondant ropes and anchors. One of my personal favorites was a cake decorated with fondant pearls with an open oyster as the cake topper.
Although most people traditionally stick to white wedding cakes, a beach theme allows you to explore other color options for your cake. The marine cake colors include blue, green and beige to reflect the colors of the sea. Introduce a tropical feel by selecting bright colors such as fuchsia, orange and bright yellow. Maritime such as red, white and navy blue can be used if you have a nautical theme wedding cake.
So you have picked up the perfect design and color for your beach wedding cake. However, your cake is incomplete with a unique wedding cake topper which will help pull the beach wedding look together. Palm trees, dolphins, sailboats, sandcastles, hula dancer figurines, underwater creatures such as starfish and seahorses all work great as cake toppers. For a more personalized look, you can opt for seashell photo frames or beach wedding couple figurines in romantic or whimsical designs.
A wedding cake needs to not just look great on the exterior but also taste delicious to the guests. While a chocolate cake might work great, for a beach wedding you might want to consider lighter and less richer flavors. Fruit flavors such as coconut, pineapple, lemon orange, or a feisty lime may make for great wedding cake flavors. To add a richer taste, opt for rum or liquor as the cake filling.
While choosing the cake, keep in mind a few things though. Since the wedding is to be held outdoors, you might want to keep in mind that the sun beating down may easily melt the creation. You therefore, might want to opt for fondant decorations rather than ganache or buttercream which can easily melt. Moreover, take precautions to save your cake from the water and sand. The inspiration for beach wedding cakes can be taken from the wedding locations with scenic lighthouses or palm trees. Some people may want to highlight their hobbies such as surfing or boating on their cakes.