The sweetest thing

The sweetest thing

Creating the perfect cake is one of the essential parts of a bride's wedding fantasy. From fondant masterpieces to sugar flowers and cake toppers, these sweet treats truly are the icing on every wedding. So when it comes to planning your own cake, experts say to follow your own heart and your taste buds.

In today's pastry world, the possibilities are endless. From the traditional tiered cakes, cupcake towers and carved cakes, to vegan cakes and gluten-free confections, couples can literally have anything.

Brides always want some uniquely made for them. To find the best design to match your overall theme or colors, experts recommend looking at an individual cake artist's portfolio, or bridal magazines and Web sites. Couples should also consider the venue for weather conditions and ease of transport.

Just as cakes have evolved, so have cake toppers. They range from traditional bride and groom figurines, fresh or sugar flower, monograms or custom toppers such as wired beads or crystals or animal figurines.

In terms of flavor, it's important for couples to remember that sample cake slices may actually taste fresher than their day-of cake. Many bakers will freeze the cake before the big day, leaving couples with a slightly different taste.

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