To accurately reflect the Old West, your cake should be made from a yummy homestyle recipe, rather than a modern shortcut mix. If you're going for simple, there are lots of attractive western wedding cake toppers available. These range from cute ceramic western-clad bride and groom figurines (even some made like cows) to delicate creations fashioned from blown glass. Any item with a western wedding theme look (a glass or acrylic form laser-etched with a holographic horse-and-heart design, for instance) could be used as a western wedding cake topper. Or how about two horse figurines tied together to a "hitchin' post"? You could add fresh flowers, or flowers made from marzipan or sugar paste (similar to fondant). Any western item can be molded from colored sugar paste and used as a sweet, edible decoration.
Country western style wedding cakes can be baked in many unique western wedding theme shapes. For example, the shape of a cowboy hat or horseshoe and decorated to look real. A skilled artisan using rolled fondant and sugar paste can create lookalike cakes that are virtually indistinguishable from the items they mimic. How about side-by-side cowboy and cowgirl shirt cakes with pearl buttons and bolo ties? Or a pair-of-boots cake iced in fondant tooled leather, complete with sugar-paste spurs!
If you prefer the more traditional tiered cake look, you can still create country western style wedding cakes from this traditional look by adding personalized details. Small faux or sugar-paste sunflowers and icing piped to resemble old-fashioned bandstand festoons make a pretty combination. Or have the sides decorated as corral or other farm-style fencing with horseshoes added here and there. A square cake looks particularly good decorated this way.
For a uniquely personalized western wedding theme cake, make the bride's and groom's initials into a "brand" using baker's clay and have it stamped into white-fondant-covered tiers. If it's whimsy you're after, the cow-couple cake topper mentioned above would be charming topping to a white cake decorated with chocolate "cow spots." Or how about a snowy, tiered "mountain" with modeled sugar-paste cactuses, grass, and sage brush "growing" on the "ledges"? Western wedding cakes with a more serious and elaborate look might have their tiers "wearing" western-style tooled belts sculpted from rolled fondant.
Once you've designed your western wedding cake, you'll need to find something to put under it that fits the western wedding theme. If it goes with your country western style wedding cake design, how about covering a square or circle of plywood with a large bandana that matches your color scheme, then covering the whole thing in heavy clear plastic? You could use any kind of fabric for this. If your cake features "fencing", look for a wide basket with low sides in a weave that's similar. Line the inside of the basket with fabric. Put your cake on a pretty doily inside. You'll want to hide a plywood foundation (cut to just fit the basket) under the lining to keep the basket from bending when the cake is lifted.
Some perfect finishing touches for country western style wedding cakes might include:
- A western-style cake knife and server set.
- A cake table decorated to look like the back of a chuck wagon, with wagon wheels at the sides and a canvas "covered wagon" top.
- A metal triangle (or pot) hung nearby so you can "ring" it when it's time to serve the cake.