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Wedding cakes are no longer just elegant tiers of royal icing with simple or sugarpaste flowers. They’re statements, talking points and reflections of your personalities.

And as with everything in weddings, fashions come and go. Cakes are exciting.

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Stunning towers of delicious macarons by Medici Macarons | Image credit Colin Murdoch Photography

Tiers are out… and then they’re in. And then it’s cheese, and then cheesecake, then cakes get naked, or half-naked, or everyone has cupcakes then towers of croquembouche… and bloggers say don’t bother with a wedding cake. What’s a bride and groom to do?! If there’s one thing writing the English Wedding Blog has taught me, it’s that cake is important to me. I’m a cake lover – and not just for my sweet tooth but for the beautiful, breathtaking wedding cake designs I get to see every single day. Call me lucky! 🙂

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Exciting floral cascade wedding cake by Homebaked Heaven

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Cake, cheesecake or cheese cake? When it comes to alternative wedding cakes these days you can have anything your tastes and budget allow: from a six foot croquembouche to a mini cupcake tower and everything in between. It might be all about the looks: tiers and flowers or a cake table maybe. Or perhaps your top priority is taste. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then a cheese wedding cake could be right up your street!

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Alternative wedding cakes – Purely Wensleydale cheese. Photo credit Yorkshire Dales Cheese Co.

Cheese wedding cakes are the latest trend for weddings and are getting more popular by the day with cheese manufacturers across the country experiencing increased demand for these savoury delights. A few enlightened individuals first enjoyed a cheese wedding cake way back in 2004 and the trend really started to take hold in 2006 – now there are over two dozen British companies creating cheese wedding cakes for couples up and down the country all reporting either steady or increased sales.

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Good morning ladies and gents, wedding cake admirers and hungry people everywhere. (I’m in 3 of those groups!) Today I bring you – with the intention of bringing some great wedding ideas to my lovely readers – a collection of 16 scrumptious wedding cakes.

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They’re all from real weddings featured on English Wedding Blog over recent months. Click on the cakes to see the wedding in full! All photos are credited to the photographer; if you’re the wedding cake designer and you see your cake here, please get in touch (comment below) and let me know which is yours, so brides and grooms can get in touch with you too.

Classic, tiered and elegant wedding cake ideas

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Wedding cake photo credit: Chris Cowley

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Tiered chocolate wedding cake idea Photo credit Kat Forsyth

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Tiered wedding cake idea Photo credit Kirsten Mavric

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Classic tiered cake with a twist! Photo credit Vickerstaff Photography

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Classic tiered wedding cake Photo credit Martin Pemberton

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Photo credit: McAvoy Photography. Cakes by Beth

Good morning! Who likes cake? And have you chosen your wedding cake yet? I’ve picked some of my favourite wedding cakes from all the real weddings on English Wedding blog over the last few months, and thought it would be a great way to get a little wedding cake gallery going!

Click on the images to see the full wedding and please – if you’re the wedding cake designer and would like a credit, get in touch. (All of these pictures are taken from my real weddings, submitted by wedding photographers)

My top 14 contemporary wedding cake ideas

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These tiered wedding cakes are a contemporary take on the classic shape (and I’m a poet and I don’t even know it 😉

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Butterfly and white chocolate tiered wedding cake. Photo credit: Norsworthy Photography

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London tiered wedding cake idea Photo credit: Vickerstaff Photography

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Choccywoccydoodah tiered wedding cake Photo credit: Tino & Pip

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Bright lego and buttons wedding cake Photo credit: Lucy West Images

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Just a dinky little wedding blog for you this morning as I work behind the scenes on various thoughts and future blog posts –  and dinky it is indeed. Here’s something very, very different… Prince William and Kate Middleton made out of paper for starters:

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Unique wedding cake topper from Me, Myself & Te™

They’re the craziest wedding cake toppers I’ve ever seen – beautifully made, definitely a talking point, and wonderfully different. I only wish I had a fraction of the talent of their creator, Collette Te.

These cake toppers are from Me, Myself & Te™. Designer Collette says, “each item is personalized and 100% handmade from JUST ‘paper’. Me, Myself & Te™ was created for those who think outside the box, couples who are looking for wedding toppers & decorations that reflect their personalities making their special day stand out from the crowd.”

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Bridal party wedding cake topper made out of paper by Me, Myself & Te™

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This is a guest blog post from Baking Mad – I couldn’t resist all the gorgeous cakey pictures attached to their email and asked for recipes. Those of you who’ve submitted real weddings and shoots for me to blog, I’m afraid I’ve bumped you down my things to do list in favour of baking. 😉 Recipes for cupcakes, icing and a trio of cheesecakes are here too – see the links at the bottom of the page. Over to Baking Mad…

Wedding cupcakes from Baking Mad

Wedding cupcakes from Baking Mad

“It’s almost wedding season but up and down the country it’s not just brides-to-be who are basking in the warm glow of romance – with a Royal Wedding only weeks away, the whole country has wedding fever.

“Although there’s been speculation about Kate’s dress and discussion over honeymoon destinations, the question on BakingMad.com’s lips is all about the cake. Is Kate going to go traditional with a multi-tier or will she have a more modern cupcake tower? Is William a fan of the Croquembouche or would he prefer a chocolate feast?