Even the most traditional of wedding cakes can be beautified with a touch from the snow fairy. Snowflakes that land on the icing and tops of wedding cakes can come from a variety of sources, including your baker. For example:
- Sprigs of lacy snowflakes can be created by attaching flakes made from egg-white royal icing and cake sparkles to flower stakes.
- Edible glitter enhances iced snowflakes.
- Snowflakes can be molded from sugar paste or marzipan.
- Hand-blown glass or crystal snowflakes make elegant cake toppers.
- Heirloom crocheted and starched snowflakes can be perched atop a cake.
- Snowflakes can be stenciled with icing onto a fondant-covered cake.
Tiered cakes make especially pretty snowflake wedding cakes because the snowflakes can be "drawn" on the sides of each tier with icing. Large snowflakes, such as those sold as Christmas ornaments, can be placed on end so they are "standing" on the top tier. Smaller snowflakes can be inserted here and there into the sides with flower stakes to create the visual effect of falling snow for your snowflake wedding.
Another nice touch on a snowflake wedding cake is to have the icing drape down from the top of each tier, creating the effect of snow drifts. The cake stand can be set on a bed of fluffy "snow." Some like to use fairy lights around their wedding cake or on the cake topper. This can be especially pretty if some of the snowflakes are iridescent or glittery, making a wonderful addition to your winter wedding snowflake theme wedding reception.
While many snowflake wedding cakes are white on white, remember you can include other colors. Any of your wedding colors will match white! Just use them sparingly in your snowy scene. Most snowflake wedding cakes would be, without their snowflakes, typical wedding cakes.
A creative baker can do wonders with moldable, edible materials such as fondant, sugar paste and marzipan. A whimsical winter wedding snowflake theme wedding cake might feature snowpeople, or an elegant cake, a chapel. Available toppers range from a snow prince and princess to flowers under an elaborate lit-up arch covered in wedding-white marabou (a kind of feather). Many snowflake-themed toppers feature cute snowmen and snowwomen as brides and grooms. A more elegant but not-too-fancy topper features a traditional bride and groom in front of a snowy church window and evergreen tree.
Snowflakes work with many wedding themes. For example, a vintage 50's winter wedding snowflake theme could be complemented with a tiered snowflake wedding cake adorned with loops of pearls. A little searching online, a good measure of imagination, and a talented cake decorator will bring you the snowflake wedding cake of your snowflake wedding dreams.